Friday, September 18, 2009

Les Francais en aout

Mid-August, I had a group of 10 French folks on a tour stay here 3 nights. Due to a problem with a room, it was especially cozy (the two tour guide fellows got the living room...). They were supposed to have a guest apartment with a kitchen, and that's the one that was out of commission while they were here. This led to them cooking dinners in my kitchen with much joie de vivre until nearly midnight.

Everyone dealt with what came their way very well, and we got to know each other through my rusty French. They learned a few things about Alaska and I learned that after making big American breakfasts for them several days in a row, they will only eat toast, and lots of it. Love that toast. Josette who was particularly sweet just sent me 2 photos they took as mementos of their time here. They were so kind to present me with flowers their last night here. In return, my parting gift to them were a couple jars of local highbush cranberry and fireweed jellies, for future toast.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fall colors

Another photo from my friend Collette Hand, who has Alaska's Harvest B&B. She was out for another motorcycle ride and said the colors along the Glenn Highway by the Matanuska Glacier were positively neon. The vibrant yellows and reds played off the blue lakes and alpenglow on the mountains that evening.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Another neat picture

This one is also from Collette at Alaska's Harvest B&B. She and her husband Joe went motorcycling to Valdez and saw this sign.

Amazing photos from Alaska

My friend Collette Hand shared these photos. She has a beautiful bed and breakfast called Alaska's Harvest B&B, just a couple miles from mine. The one of the rainbow is over Turnagain Arm as she and her husband, Joe, were motorcycling down to Girdwood a week ago. See the white beluga whales' backs in the water? She said they saw 25 that evening in the arm. The next photos are ones taken by a family friend of theirs who works on the North Slope. Collette said this friend was watching these polar bears frolic while he was on his lunch hour--How cool!