Last month, hubs and I went to Alaska with his parents, brother, and our sister in law. (This trip was planned and paid for long before the lay-off knowledge... we really aren't irresponsible with money!)
Despite knowing I was out of a job in just a few weeks, I was able to relax! I took TONS of pictures; did quite a bit of fishing; taught my sister in law how to knit scarves (while sitting on the porch of the house we rented, in full view of a GLACIER... amazing); read Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, and started Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (it was on the bookshelf at the house, so I had to pick it up--I finished it at home with a library copy... it was okay); stalked the Time Bandit from Deadliest Catch; ate the most AMAZING snow crab legs; ate more; shopped along the Spit in Homer; got my internal clock all messed up and STILL haven't recovered (not having a job to get to everyday will allow you to sleep in... and stay up late... it's a problem). I'd definitely go back to Alaska at some point. The weather was gorgeous, scenery was, well... take a looksie:
The river outside our cabin in Cooper Landing:
Night view from house in Homer:
Sunset on the Spit in Homer
Amazing food! We ate at a fish market on the Spit that gets their crab from the Time Bandit!
We took a glacier tour! This sucker is MASSIVE. A mile wide where it touches the water. If you look closely, you'll see a huge piece of this is falling off.
This is the same photo as above, but to give you an idea of scale, click on the photo so it fills your screen and see mid-left I highlighted a massive bird flying in the shot.
Bear print we saw at one of our stops on a guided fishing trip. According to our guide, this was a smaller bear, maybe 2 years old. My hand wouldn't even take up the bottom portion.
A black bear we spotted on the glacier tour. The black bears are smaller than the brown ones because black bears stick to the mountains and eat mostly berries and what they can find, while the brown bears stick to the rivers and eat fish, getting more protein.
Brown bear we spotted on our fishing trip. Even though he's super far away, and I zoomed in as much as I could (and cropped the photo to zoom in even more, so it's a little grainy), you can see this sucker is MASSIVE. There were people wade fishing right by him, but he only cared about the fish. Here he was walking along a sand bar, and shortly after he went for a swim, scooping up fishies and tearing them to shreds. It was fascinating.
A pair of Otters we saw on the glacier tour. They just float on their backs and twirl around in the water, keeping a layer of air between their skin and the water for insulation.
These were the most skittish little guys. As soon as the boat approached, away they flew, or down they dove. This little Puffin had trouble taking off and kept skimming the water surface. I zoomed in as far as I could, and crop zoomed even more, so it's a bit grainy. You can still see how adorable he is though!
I did NOT expect to see so many sea lions. This is just one location we found them on our glacier tour. They were LOUD too!
Here is the front of the Time Bandit, as seen on Deadliest Catch. We didn't get to meet Captain Jonathan or his brothers, but we did meet their mom working in their little Time Bandit Shop! (But I did meet Captain Sig Hansen (of the Northwestern) and his brother Edgar at Disney World a few years back!)
That's us... in a crab pot. From left to right:
Hubs, me, sister-in-law, bro-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law
Here is hubs fly fishing with the new rod his dad got him for his birthday.
That's all I've edited so far... just the highlights of the trip. Hope you enjoyed them!