Alaska! Day One

Day One.  That implies that there will be a Day Two and Day Three, doesn’t it?  The way blogging has been for me lately, I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.  But I’ll do my best!

The good news is…. in Alaska in the summer, you get two days for the price of one!  Actually, if you wait until it gets dark outside to go to bed, you’ll never go to bed.  It’s 11:45 pm as I’m writing this and still bright as day outside.  Pam looks out and says, “It looks dark to me!” but I told her you sure wouldn’t need a flashlight to walk around out there.  And even with the blackout curtains drawn in the bedroom last night, there was always a halo glow around the edges of them.  So with all that extra daylight time on my hands, you’d think I’d have time to post a blog every day, wouldn’t you?

No Alaska trip would be complete for me without a trip to the dog kennel of GB Jones.  The last time I was at the kennel was in 2008 for the Iditarod so things had changed quite a bit out there!


And there’s GB himself, walking up the path to greet us when we arrived!


The first thing that’s really different about the kennel is there’s a cabin there.  With electricity.  And internet.  Oh, my.  GB has come a long way since I first met him in 2007.


And there are puppies!  Lots and lots of puppies.  The cutest puppies you can imagine.  Complete with puppy breath.  And energy.  Except for that one lonely guy in the background…..


I think he must have had a hard day.  It’s tough being a puppy in the world, dontcha know?  A puppy’s gotta have naptime too.  Resting up so one day he can run with the big dogs.


Pam and I had to have the obligatory picture with each of us holding a puppy.  It’s mandatory.


Isn’t this little guy cute?  With the bluest eyes you ever saw.


He snuggled right up to me and it was all over for me.  I carried him around for the rest of the day.  And the longer I held him, the cuddlier he got!


There are also swans at the kennel!  Including a baby swan who has grown a lot from the first time I saw a pic of him on facebook.  Aren’t they pretty?


And a little baby dove…. born just hours before we showed up at the kennel today.


The Alaskan Wall is still there.  It encircles a big area in the back of the kennel.  And Boo is still there…. I think he is the only cat on the Alaskan Wall.  Shhhh, don’t tell the dogs!


This is Kim.  She has the bluest eyes you ever saw – only they don’t show quite the blueness in this picture.  She is going to be moving in with Pam as soon as Pam gets a fence around her property.


Here’s a pic on the Alaskan Wall that brings back a flood of memories of our fabulous adventure in 2007.  Do you recognize those Texas gals?


What fun to be at the Iditarod Trail Kennel again!


And I was almost successful in sneaking this cute little guy home with me. Aren’t those eyes just killer blue?


This is a commonplace view as you drive down the road in Alaska. I think the people here just take the mountains for granted. But I wanted to snap a picture as we rounded every corner! Such a tourist I am.


Where else but Alaska would you have a grocery store named Three Bears?

When we got back to Pam’s place tonight we took a long walk around her property. And she pointed out native trees and other special things.


Like moose droppings in the woods on her property. I thought they looked just like pecan shells.


She also made a special point of showing me this very prickly, very dangerous weed that grows all over.


Because these are what the thorns look like that are hiding under all that pretty greenery. Oh, and I may have a few mosquito bites after our little stroll through the woods.


After dinner, Pam’s friend, Kay came by with her sweet granddaughter, Faith, who is visiting from Michigan. They came by because we called to tell them about a very special visitor who also dropped by after dinner and they wanted to meet him.


Meet Bruce, the Moose! Hey, when it’s the very first ever moose who drops by to hang out for 2 hours in your backyard just a few feet from the windows, the least you can do is give him a name! Isn’t he just the cutest? Actually, I think he’s so ugly, he’s cute. If that makes any sense at all. And it’s pretty exciting when the dogs are going crazy in the house and you try to quiet them, only to then go crazy yourself when you discover exactly what it is they are barking at. Bruce the Moose has come for a visit. Pam and I even thought we might need to throw together a quilt for him so he could spend the night. But he eventually sauntered away into the woods.


But only after he’d had a photo op through the window of 3,268 pics between the two of us and our various electronic devices.

Aren’t you happy I decided you needed to only see two of them?

Until tomorrow…… Greetings from Alaska! Where it seems the sun never sets and it’s very, very, very, very hard to go to bed…..

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12 Responses to Alaska! Day One

  1. Susan B. says:

    This brings back such happy memories…however, I’ll be needing some snow when I come back! Sure do love you girls! xoxo

  2. Kaye Bowling says:

    So excited to read about your trip! Alaska is just amazing, isn’t it?? I know you will enjoy your time there and I am looking forward to lots more pics!
    Hugs, Kaye

  3. Cindy S says:

    Barb, thanks for the post. I feel like I’m there with you. This is the best time of year to be in Alaska! Waiting for another set of pictures. . .

  4. Suz says:

    Aaaaaawe! Could you bring me back some puppies, please? That might hold me until I can come for s visit! 🙂 💜

  5. Lynn Bynum says:

    I want to be there with you! Great post ! Don’t stop! Xoxo

  6. Karen Smith says:

    I’m so happy you’re visiting in Alaska again! Your blog and pictures are great. Hug a puppy for me!

  7. Diane says:

    Oh what happy times this post brings back to me!!! I loved AK when we visited for two week s- it was not enough!! Pam might find she has more visitors camping out than she expected! I loved seeing the puppies again and also held and cuddled one when we went to a kennel. I almost snuck one out too – until the tour director spotted the bump in my jacket!! Have a super time, Barb, and enjoy your exciting life, Pam!!!
    Love the pictures!!! Such fun —-

  8. Cathi says:

    Barb, those pictures are wonderful – the mountain in the distance is awesome, the puppies are impossible to resist, particularly the blue-eyed one you were attempting to smuggle out and oh, my, Bruce the Moose is just too much! What an adventure you’re having! And I’m so glad you’re sharing it!

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  10. Peggy says:

    Too fun….great photos…..enjoy the good times together!!!

  11. Yeppers, I’m with you, Blue Eyed Cuddler is a heart stealer! Bruce, not so much! But thanks for the exciting introduction! SO GREAT to have this blog!

  12. Linda says:

    Hi Barb! Although we miss you here this summer – it looks like you are having a fun time in a gorgeous place! Safe travels! Anytime for Quilting?

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