Friday, August 31, 2012

Fall is here in Tok

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The temperatures have started to cool off. The leaves have started to turn yellow. The leaves have started to fall off the trees.

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In the blink of an eye. 

I cannot believe how quickly the weather changes here. We had fresh snow on the mountains the other day, but it's gone now. Thankfully. It did drop down to 24 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday though. We've been having some very lovely days although cooler.

Tonight I made one my favorites for dinner, to warm us up, and fill us up. Zucchini is one of my absolute favorite vegetables. It's good no matter what you do with it.

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Stuffed Zucchini 
2 - 3 zucchini, cut lengthwise and the insides scrapped out
4 sausages (any kind you'd like, I used sweet Italian)
1 small onion diced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
2 roasted red peppers diced
1 poblano pepper, diced
1 diced tomato
3 Tbs pesto
1 1/2 - 2 cans marinara sauce, or homemade
3 tsp of canned diced green chilies
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese

Remove your sausage from the casings and cook over medium high heat, breaking it up as it cooks with your spatula. As the sausages start browning, add your diced mushrooms, roasted red peppers, poblano pepper and diced tomato. Let vegetables cook and start to become tender. Then add your diced green chilies, and your pesto.  Let that cook for a couple of minutes before adding 1/2 of a can of marinara sauce. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and add more chilies if you want it hotter.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Meanwhile, slice your zucchinis in half, and scrape out the inside to make it like a boat. You want it to be strong enough to stand up and hold the filling, so don't scrape too much out, just the seedy part. In your prepared baking dish, add the rest of your tomato sauce.

Place your cut zucchini, skin side down in the dish over the marinara sauce. Spoon your sausage mixture into the zucchini boats, and top with shredded Monty Jack cheese.

Bake for 40-50 minutes, until zucchini are fork tender.

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This is such a filling, and satisfying dish. Perfect for the cooler weather.

Thank you all for your comments on my wedding post and all the good wishes, they all mean a lot to me.

Tomorrow morning we are headed up the Taylor highway to Chicken Alaska, then we'll cross the border and continue on the Top of the world highway and over to the one and only Dawson City in the Yukon for a couple of days.

I was there briefly in 2006, but not since. A lot of our friends go, and a lot of people from Tok in general for an end of the summer party. It should be fun.

I'm off to pack the boys overnight bag and make some sandwiches and fruit salad for our picnic tomorrow.

I won't be forgetting my hat and coat. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Our wedding day

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It was a beautiful day. Mother nature was very, very, kind to us. Ever since it's been overcast, windy, and cold.

It started off with a bit of stress... but don't they all? 

I've never in my life wanted a traditional wedding, the dress, the cake, the venue, the large crowd, the caterer, the stress. I actually never planned on getting married at all, but regardless, when I said yes I knew it had to be very fun and low key. Light hearted.... and no white dress. It's just not me. 

But yet... even low key, some stress always sneaks up no matter what. 

Kevin ate margarine by accident when we were in Fairbanks last weekend. I've mentioned briefly before that he has an intolerance's for preservatives and certain other foods. His face will swell, turn bright red, burn, and then basically the skin all peels off. It's not very pleasant to say the least. We had asked the waitress in Fairbanks if there was butter or margarine on the toast. She told us it was butter and he ate it. 

We ended up making an emergency trip to Fairbanks on Thursday after a major wedding dress malfunction (you could see through the dress completely even with all my under garments on.) We got into town late, after 5 PM so we decided to stop and have some coffee because we needed a major pick me up, and get a bite to eat. We went to the same cafe on purpose, and asked another waitress who was working about the butter/margarine... She asked the cook and it turned out they only use margarine in the kitchen, as a lot of kitchens do, because it's cheaper than using butter. So that explained that.... thankfully. When he gets sick and we are not sure why, I start re examining all the ingredients I've used in meals in the days leading up to him getting sick, and I've got it down to a near science of what he cannot eat, so when he eats meals at home, it's now a rare occasion when he gets sick from food. But when he has a reaction and we are not sure why, poor little innocent ingredients start being threatened, and that's not fair. So now we know and none of our suspects were the culprit and it was indeed just one of the worst things he can eat. Margarine. No one should eat it anyway!

We got home late Friday night from our emergency run. Kevin went to sleep. We had been hoping a lot of our friends could watch the wedding through Skype, but during a test run with about 6 people we quickly discovered Skype group chats are good for about 3, maybe 4 people and then it starts getting super slow and cutting in and out too badly. 

So, I was disappointed on that front. I got up early on Saturday and started cooking. I made chocolate cupcakes with wild grape and raspberry frosting, two raspberry cream pies, bacon and bean dip, bread crumbs for my panzenella salad with a balsamic reduction, and marinated tomatoes.

Then I pretended I couldn't see my kitchen and the mess in it for the rest of the morning.

Finally, we threw all our stuff together and headed over to our friends Sharon and Dale's house, where we had the wedding. On the way over, my pie's spilled and my cupcakes fell over. 

On the time we got the three miles to Sharon's, I admit, I was ready to cry. 

Thank the God's for Champagne. It fixes everything. 

After a glass, we were able to get organized, save the pie, and calm down. It was fine. Everything was fine from that moment on, and it turned into the fun, light hearted event I had wanted all along. It all worked out perfectly. 

The ceremony I wrote was a little longer than I had planned it to be. Our friend Buddy who was doing the ceremony is not a public speaker. In fact this is one of the rare times he's done something like this (if not the only) and certainly the only wedding he's done. I had offered to make it a bit shorter, but he was ready to go, and he did an amazing job. Looking up at him and hearing him read the words and prayers, made the entire thing so much more special than I could have ever imagined.

Included in our ceremony was a prayer inviting the Great spirits of the four directions to be present during the ceremony. I also wore my Navajo necklace which represents the four directions. We added a few things into our vows... it went like this:

Kevin , will you have this woman, Donna, to be your wife, to live together in the sacred union of marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health,
in sorrow and in joy, and pledge to be faithful to her for as long as you both shall live?

Know also before you respond, that in professing these vows, you also accept permanent responsibility for, Norman, Dougie, Sammy, Lambie, Horace, Maximus, Flavious, Isabella Moo, Action Jackson, Kiwi and company, and the four Prairie dogs, Roman, Nervous Nelly, Hector and Olive, and the rest of the extended animal family. 

Donna, will you have this man, Kevin,  to be your husband, to live together in the sacred union of marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy, and pledge to be faithful to him for as long as you both shall live?

Know also before you respond that Included in these vows is your acceptance of your responsibility for perpetual maintenance of little blue the tractor, the argo, the mule, woodsplitter, the sugar shack, assorted chainsaws, and logging implements.

We accepted.

I had some fun mixing in the spiritual elements and also the funny parts.

Our wedding song is one that has always meant a lot to me, Bonny Portmore., which is a traditional Irish folk song.

On either side of Kevin and I, we had 11 candles lighted to represent some of the important people in our lives who are with us in spirit now. I could feel them all there with us.

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some of the candles

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my mom's candle

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and here we go... 

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Buddy is saying "where is the here comes the bride music?" We were still on the introduction into Bonny Portmore, which had birds singing. 

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Kevin was trying to figure out to stand... 

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Because we had my sister and his cousin watching on Skype, so we didn't want to block the computer

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laughing at one of the jokes

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here come the ring bearers...

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Norman throws himself up into my arms, so I was catching him

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here, Bud was looking for my ring which popped off of Douglas harness!

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thank you Douglas for bringing the ring...

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and there you have it. Thanks to Douglas, we now have this picture with Kevin's shirt unbuttoned! That's one reason I didn't hold him! :) He does things like that when there are crowds and he's excited. It's just too funny. The boys did great, and we wouldn't imagine not having them be a part of it. 

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here we are saying goodbye to Cousins Greg and Kathleen and my sister and her family

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Kevin and Dale 

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The one and only, Captain of the Lady J, and preacher for a day 

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With our officiant 

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the beautiful ring our friend Bonnie made me! We didn't get a clear picture of Kevin's ring, it's also gorgeous.

After the ceremony, we started into the appetizers. We had tons of fresh shrimp, which Buddy & Pam donated along with the halibut and salmon. To go along with the shrimp we had spanikopita, the bacon bean dip, and marinated tomatoes and hummus with veggies and crackers for dipping.

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We had plenty to drink, some of everything, but also lots of champagne and we bought some of our favorite wine in Fairbanks. Kevin can only drink sulfite free wine, which is pretty limited. He can drink Frey wine but he's not a big fan. It's good for me to cook with though, since I cannot use any other wine in his food. I enjoyed a bottle of Cab with Nancy, and I cannot wait to try the Pinot. Nancy and her husband Bill own the Burnt Paw gift shop and cabins here in Tok. Bill ran in the very first Iditarod.

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Kevin loves wine. So it's pretty sad for him that he cannot enjoy most wine anymore. Here he is explaining to Nancy about the Beringer wine, and also where the grapes come from.

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None of us left hungry. We had multiple salads for dinner...

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But the main attraction was definitely the fresh halibut and salmon caught just before we ate it.

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It was all delicious.

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Bill made a fire which we enjoyed while eating dinner and relaxing.

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We had four pies for dessert and the cupcakes that survived the fall earlier in the day.

After dinner, we opened up some presents which is always exciting, right?

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a moose jar and spoon holder! I loved it. 

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trying to figure out what this is...

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ah! It's a wind chime. A heavy one too which is perfect for the farm where the wind is terrible


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Sharon's beautiful greenhouse

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Cleaning up... Sharon's yard and gardens are just beautiful... and in Tok!

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and then I had to deal with this, the next morning. Yikes. 

Photo: Douglas is tired from all the excitement
I couldn't get any help either, because everyone else was catching up on their zzz's

Despite the mess, and lack of cleaning help, it was a great day. There were a few people who couldn't be here that I wish had been, but otherwise I couldn't think of a single thing to change. Except maybe my cupcakes dropping. Maybe that. But maybe not even that.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Blowing out my mom's memorial candle...


After the wedding.

Thank you all for your love and good wishes :) 

More pictures to come later, and maybe some video... 

Friday, August 24, 2012

The path less taken


Last night I saw the Northern lights for the very first time in my life. I tried to get a picture, but none of them turned out. This is exactly what it looked like, streaks running through the sky. It wasn't fuzzy, it was clear, and it would get lighter in some places and then darken up in other places.

Like it was dancing.

It was incredible. Absolutely amazing. Breathtaking. 

I had started to write this last week, on my way home from Valdez. I hadn't decided if or how I should share it, but I feel like it's the right thing to do now. 

I absolutely believe life sets certain paths in front of us. The lessons along the way we may not choose, but we do choose whether or not we learn from them. Just maybe not whether or not we'd like to take them. I know a few life lessons I would have chosen to skip had I been given the option!

However in the paths we choose to follow, I believe we do have a choice. There are always times in all our lives when we are faced with a crossroads, or options on what path to take next. Many things help us decide... money, society, the people around us, and sometimes if we are lucky or strong enough to allow it, our hearts. 

The first part of my life was filled with a lot of sadness and  pain. I learned a lot of the more difficult lessons life has to teach us when I was still very young and when things were still very difficult to comprehend. The next part of my life was filled with more loss, more confusion, more sadness, and a lot of fear. But all these things have brought me to this place I am in my life right now, and have shaped the person I have become.

That's the thing about struggle and loss. It's a challenge. Probably the biggest one life gives us. But it shapes us, both in good ways, and sometimes in bad ways too. But all ways matter. 

I have been very blessed and sometimes it leaves me afraid for what will happen next, when struggle will return to rear it's ugly head as it does in all of our lives. But most times, it leaves me feeling an overwhelming feeling of awe and gratitude. It's my lesson to learn to not be afraid of any struggle in the future and to focus completely on the present. It's important to not live in fear. You must tell yourself, whatever life gives you, you will accept, and you will overcome. 

I am blessed to have a partner who cares deeply about me, and for whom I care deeply for. Amazing friends, a wonderful home, and the absolute best animal family. I write this from Alaska, where my heart has been since I was a little girl. Through the clouds and the mountains the sunshine is peeking through. Norman and Douglas are sound asleep on my lap. My heart is full. 

Life is an amazing thing, in all it's good and even in it's bad. In this moment I feel my family, most of them long passed on with me strongly. I am reminded of how important every lesson in life is and that you always have to be open to life, open to change, open to new and different experiences, and new and different people. Often the best friends come in unexpected packages. Not judging a book by it's cover, it is good advice. It tells you to read the story, before you decide for yourself how you feel about it. 

A lot of people think I'm pretty crazy. I choose to spend most of my time with goats and dogs, or completely alone in the forest. I have an uncommon relationship with Kevin, mostly because of our age difference and a lot of people find that hard to accept. It's taught me that only the people who accept you as you are and for who you are, those are the people that matter. It's left me with a circle of amazing people to call friends. Loosing most everyone who was close to me and meant everything to me as a young girl, and seeing their suffering, has taught me to accept people for who they are, forgive them for their faults, and to love people while you can, because tomorrow is never a guarantee. I'd give anything to have my loved ones for another day, so I could talk to them again. I know anyone who has lost feels exactly the same way.

It's so important to learn to not hold back, be honest, be receptive, be forgiving with the people you love. Enjoy them while you have them, and accept we all have weaknesses. We are all not perfect. Find the beauty in their imperfections. 

Eight years ago when I met Kevin, the path I was on in life changed. And although it was the path less followed by, and possibly a more challenging path in some ways, I opened my heart to it. And because I opened my heart to it, the world opened up to me. 

Don't be afraid to take the path less followed by through the woods of your lives.... and don't be afraid to open your heart to people, and things that challenge you or scare you. 

I think the great Rilke said it well... 

“Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

On Saturday...


I'm getting married in these shoes... 

Kevin asked me in June. I said I'd think about it. If you know me, this isn't all that surprising.

We've been together for 7 1/2 years now, and known each other for over 8. Time flies.

I finally decided. I considered waiting for next summer, so we could plan better, but no one really appreciated that idea, and so we decided to go forward with a small ceremony, lots of food and drink, and then later we'll take the time to plan a big party for all our friends in Tok, and also a BBQ for our friends and family back in Ontario (or anywhere it's easier to travel to Ontario than it is Alaska) that want to make the trek to the farm.

It means a lot to both of us to be getting married not only in Alaska, but in Tok with our close friends here.

Our very dear friend, Buddy, is going to marry us. In Alaska it is legal for anyone you choose to marry you, the State just has to give approval to that person and for a certain day.

Buddy said he would marry us, which was amazing. It means a lot to us. We'll have a small ceremony at our other close friends house... they have a beautiful house and garden, which hopefully will still be blooming on the weekend if a big frost doesn't hit us before then.

Another friend is making our rings for us, one of a kind. She is a retired gold  miner and has been making beautiful jewelry for many years. I don't dislike jewelry, or diamonds, but buying an expensive ring from a shop in the city just doesn't mean that much to me. But having someone special make them for us, that makes it so much more special, and the rings will hold extra meaning.

We bought these Moccasins from another dear friend, and I'll wear them for the wedding. Then I'll take them home and we'll put them in a shadow box to keep them safe. They cost as much as my dress! :) But they hold a great deal of meaning as well.

To top it all off, we'll have a fish fry, and a bunch of homemade salads, pies, and cakes. I'm making a pie and some cupcakes, and everyone else is contributing a dish for the meal.

It doesn't escape us that over 8 years ago, the reason Kevin & I met is because of his dog Buddy, running away and coming to my farm.

Now we'll be getting married by our dear friend, also Buddy. :)

The world works in mysterious ways. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Valdez, Fairbanks, and back to Tok

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First let me apologize if anyone saw this post show up, in it's uncompleted form. Blogger was being delightful yesterday, not saving, publishing for no reason. It's been a real hassle lately, more so than usual. I had intended to finish this post last night but I was just too tired to keep my eyes open. Aside from all the running around I'm going to tell you about in this post, I have some other news, which I'll share in another post that's been keeping me busy, especially this week. 

And now, back to the regular programming! 

We have been on the go for the past week. We left Tuesday the 14th for Valdez for our last fishing trip of the summer and to hopefully find some Silver salmon. It was a beautiful day, and in Valdez the sky was blue and the mountains were clear. We were lucky, especially since in July we didn't get to see much of the mountains while we were there thanks to the clouds.

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We left the harbor and headed out to start fishing that evening. It was about 4-5 PM when we left Valdez harbor, after getting into Valdez, loading the boat up, and making a run to the grocery store for some more supplies. This trip I had two grown men, two teenage boys, and a 10 year old to keep fed. Buddy's (the boat owner) wife was in Fairbanks babysitting Grandkids this trip, so we missed her.

The dogs were more than ready to get back on the boat this time and they never had one single problem, they both acted like seasoned sailors. I think they are a little spoiled too because they just act like they are right at home.

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Douglas says "let's go fishing!"

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Norman says, nap time... 

Most of the time they were of course, lazing around. Enjoying the ride.

We didn't do so good with the Silvers... for some reason, the run is terrible, it seems like it's late. Usually mid August is the absolute best time for Silver Salmon fishing in Valdez. No one else was catching fish either. Someone said on the radio "where are the fish?" and another guy answered "not in this ocean!"

 I remember when I first fished in Valdez for silvers (the first time I fished in my life) with our friends Buddy and Pam, who now own the big boat, but back then had a smaller river boat. We were catching fish like crazy and not only that, everyone else was too. I remember the cleaning stations at the harbor being very busy with people bringing in and cleaning fish. Not this time.

The first afternoon out we continued to enjoy clear weather, which was a real treat. We had great views of the mountains into the evening.

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The kids caught a couple Rockfish the first night out, which we released.

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The sunset was gorgeous out in Galena....

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My boys were pretty freaked out by the Rockfish, especially Douglas.

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He was barking in this picture, when he noticed it was flopping around.

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See the hair up? He started to run away too! It was quite entertaining.

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Norman thought he'd take whiff... He was smart and backed away though.

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The sun was just beautiful....

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The first night out we spent the night in Galena Bay.

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The next morning the clouds moved back in, although it was still fairly warm and very calm out.

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In the afternoon I made Lebanese pies on the boat (you can find the recipe at Octoberfarm, here) which was interesting. I had brought all the ingredients, but I had neglected to bring my rolling pin and of course Pam doesn't keep one on the boat. So I used a bottle of beer, and the lid of the feta cheese container to cut out the circles of dough. It worked. And everyone loved the pies, it's an awesome recipe. The kids loved them, and they have spinach in them!

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It's beautiful in Prince William Sound, even with the clouds.

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There were lots of boats out fishing, despite the lack of Silvers, everyone was hoping they'd catch something.

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This is Captain Buddy, our dear friend who owns the boat. We spend a lot of time with him and his wife (as much as we can) while we are in Alaska.

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We didn't see any whales this trip - but we did see a pod of Porpoise, which came right up to the boat, and a few Sea Lions, also looking for Salmon to eat. We caught one Pink Salmon which had a big bite out of him - and I think this guy might have been the reason why.

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Meanwhile, Kevin and Douglas discussed important things over coffee.

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One of the many waterfalls...

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This is the best Eagle picture I could manage, you can't get really close to them, so I tried my best. We saw a lot of Eagles this trip, probably 10 total.

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the boys enjoyed taking breaks on mom's lap while we waited for a fish to bite.

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By this waterfall is where we fished for Salmon the very first time in 2007. I have a lot of pictures of it. It's a beautiful spot.

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The Silver's we did catch became more valuable! There is nothing like fresh Salmon... well, not to say fresh Halibut isn't amazing, but they are two completely different fish. I used to hate Salmon but I really enjoy it once and a while. It's nice at home in the winter to be able to pull out a package of Salmon or Halibut from the freezer and cook it up.

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For a while, Kevin got to drive the boat, which was very exciting for him to pretend to be captain.

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The fast Ferry coming out of Valdez... it's called for fast for a reason!

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Coming back into Valdez on Thursday, which was my Birthday, the very first one I've spent in Alaska and I got to spend it in Valdez which was a lot of fun.

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Norman says, "are we really there now?"

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filling the boat up with fuel at the harbor

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some of the beautiful boats there

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your welcome!

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getting ready to park the boat in it's slip, I'm glad Buddy was driving and not me!

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Bud's Boat

We spent the last night, Thursday night in the harbor. The dogs and I went for a nice walk, although it was kind of misting rain. I made creole meatloaves with gravy and mashed potatoes for dinner and, we just relaxed a bit.

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Or, maybe we relaxed, a lot.

We left Valdez at about 10:30 on Friday morning and headed back to Tok. There was a bit of sunshine that day, but still lots of clouds in town.

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We had some sunshine while heading home, and were able to get pictures of some of the many waterfalls we didn't manage to get pictures of last time due to the fog.

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The drive to Valdez is a beautiful one on a nice day. We got home about 3 PM, cleaned up and headed down to our Friday night drinks out with all our friends, and dinner. They all sang Happy Birthday to me which was great fun.

Saturday morning we were up early again though, and heading for Fairbanks another long drive.

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We had a great day for driving though, you could see the mountains. We saw one small bull moose, but otherwise the drive was quiet wildlife wise.

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Birch Lake

We brought all Bud's Grandkids back into town for him, and we had some shopping to do. We went out to a nice dinner on Saturday night and then saw a movie, something we do rarely, so it was fun.

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Dinner was great. We were sitting alone, with nice music near a water fountain. I had a couple glasses of nice wine and we stuffed ourselves with gnocchi in sun dried tomato sauce, fresh bread, homemade seafood chowder, and crab cakes. Unfortunately their Cannoli was not good - but everything else was delicious.

Sunday morning we got up and went out to breakfast and I devoured my Reindeer sausage. If you haven't had Reindeer sausage, you should. It's the best there is.

We then finished our shopping. We bought what we needed and then all kinds of stuff for the house we can't find anywhere but in Alaska, not easily anyway, and we've looked. Lamps, dishes, things like that. Which hopefully we'll get home in one piece! We left Fairbanks at 3:15 to head back to Tok.

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There was a fire just outside of Fairbanks on Fort Wainwright's artillery range. It was pretty smoky.

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Once we cleared the smoke and fire, the sun came back out and some blue sky.

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looking back towards Fairbanks at the fire

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The big mountains were just barely visible below the clouds, but you could see some of the big snow capped peaks.


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Things are changing pretty rapidly here now, trees are turning yellow, vegetation is turning red. It's dropping to near freezing at night. In the day it's still pretty nice, about 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit, but it is cooling off. It's the start of fall here.

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There was a dust storm at the Gerstle River. It's a glacial river and pretty straight, so the wind picks up all the glacier milk leavings.

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Gerstle River Bridge...

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Crossing the bridge, you could really see the dust storm, it was even hiding the mountains behind it.

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Once we were clear of the dust storm, we had beautiful blue sky.

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The views here are pretty stunning most everywhere you go. It never gets old to look at.

We stopped in Delta Junction and got ourselves some Buffalo sausage and Elk steaks. We were hoping for an Elk roast but they were out right now, so we settled for some steaks.

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The next few weeks are going to be very busy. We have a trip to Dawson City coming up and hopefully we'll be making a trip on the Yukon River too.

But in the meantime, we have another even coming up which will keep me busy this week.

More about that later. :) 
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