Wordless Wednesday in MA

13 06 2012

Is this where I spent four years of my childhood? It still looks the same, except I think that tree got scruffier.





Storyland

27 07 2010

“Storyland is where fairy tales come to life, and I like fairy tales.” Alright Bean, let’s go to Storyland! Enough said.





Rainy Days

22 08 2009

august 09 001I’m quite sad that our camping trip with our playgroup friends got rained on. And rained on. And rained on.

We got to the campground on Friday night in time for the lightning show, so we turned around and headed home. We did try and hang around in the area a little to see if it would let up, but after dinner at a nearby pizzeria, the rain was still going strong.

Most of the other families made it out and a few even braved the storm overnight. We drove out to the state park again today to spend an enjoyable afternoon with them. Bean really wanted to go to the lakeside to swim and play ever since we peeked at the beach on our “first attempt” yesterday. Beautiful skies accompanied us on the hour long drive back, but just as we reached the water, the skies turned dark and dumped rain, rain, and, yes, more rain.

Argh! Doesn’t make for many happy campers, especially since this year hasn’t been the greatest camping season in New England and this scenario is “like deja vu all over again!” So home again, home again, with not much to show but a melted cooler of food and a bunch of bug bites.





Summer’s End Camping Trip

30 08 2008

Why does it always seem to take a week to recover from a weekend camping trip?  The craziness of this past week and a few technical issues with my computer have kept me from posting much.  But better late than never!  I wanted to share a few pictures of our trip last weekend so everyone can see what we’re spoiled with and almost take for granted here in Alaska.  I guess it makes up for the cold summer! (You can click on some of the pictures to enlarge if you need to.)

We went camping down in the Kenai Peninsula, staying at one of the three or four coveted river spots in the Cooper’s Creek Campground.  It’s a little off season now, and getting down there early on Friday landed us one of these spots.  Hearing the rushing water all day was very relaxing!

 

Friday night, we got the boys to bed at a decent hour and with no fuss so we sat out by the campfire and relaxed.  Our view included not only the fire, but the river (Kenai River) and mountains.

 

 

 

Saturday morning a few friends met us and I got to float the river with one of the guys on his cataraft- sans kids!  It was a very peaceful trip, floating down the river, the quiet majesty of being surrounded by mountains.  Every bend in the river brought another new view that was just as beautiful as the last.  When we stopped for a break and got some coffee, I thought I was in Heaven! 

When we got back to camp I took over keeping the curious kids out of the fire and the river while daddy got in some fishing time.  In short order he caught two nice silver salmon.  We saved those but for dinner we ate a red and a dolly varden one of our friends caught.

Here is a picture of Guy with the second silver.  He was so happy!  I don’t blame him.  Wow, what a fish!

 
Later that evening a brown bear sauntered through our campsite down by the river.  Literally it was about 15 yards from us, just a reminder as to where we are!  That made me a little nervous to be in the camp by myself the next morning while the big boys floated and fished.  But there were other campers nearby and we had the dog with us.

On the way home we stopped at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for a few minutes to see the moose and bears, and other animals they have there.  We bought a pass for the season so it’s easy to stop in for a bit whenever we drive by.  The moose were shedding their velvet so their antlers looked a little like something out of a scary movie!

Moose shedding velvet at the Alaska Wildlife Center

There are a few more pictures on our friend’s camera I might post if I ever get them.  But I’m sure you can tell from these what a fun time we had!





Lunch at Cabela’s

29 07 2008

On a recent road trip, we made a lunch stop at the brand new Cabela’s Outfitter store. A tasty lunch was followed by a stroll through the Savannah, the Tundra, and more. They have very impressive displays! This store even had a walk-through aquarium (see photo gallery #17 on their site), which was by far, Bean’s favorite part of the visit. Our only purchases were chocolate pretzels (stay away from them, they look better than they taste) and a mosquito patch (which we haven’t tried yet). Here’s Bean’s closest encounters with moose so far: (Jennifer can top any moose story I have) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday, Brooklyn Bridge!

24 05 2008

If you’re in NYC this weekend, be sure to take a moment to appreciate Reobling’s genius construction, the Brooklyn Bridge, on its 125th birthday. If you’re somewhere else, like me, you can visit the celebratory website, or maybe watch a film like Kate & Leopold that features its stunning architecture. Happy Birthday!