Mother’s Day weekend in Seward

10 05 2010

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend.  We had been planning for a few months to go to a bed and breakfast in Homer but when we called to make sure our reservations were OK the owner said the facilities were not ready (still 2 feet of snow and no electricity yet).  We just bought a new (well, new to us) camper so we decided to take it out to Seward.  It turned out to be one of the most beautiful weekends.

On the drive down Friday afternoon I saw a few beluga whales on Turnagain Arm.  We ended up in a camping spot right near the water.  And we couldn’t have ordered better weather- there was not a cloud in the sky for two days!  We got to walk around Seward, meet new friends, play with the kids at the park, go to Mass at a new church, and see all the wildlife (sea lions, otters, bald eagles etc). 

Hopefully you can tell by the photos below how beautiful it was and how much fun the boys were having.  What a great way to start off the summer!

Jennifer





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.





Memorial Day Camping Trip

28 05 2009

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Mt McKinley

What a beautiful, wonderful, and not so wonderful weekend we had…

First the beautiful wonderful part- the weather was AWESOME!  60’s and sunny the entire weekend- not a cloud in the sky!  I drove out to the nursery on Friday and bought a flat full of flowers and lettuce.  Saturday while hubby helped a friend move, I planted everything.  I gambled a little planting flowers in the front yard since the kids love to dig the dirt out of that planter, but hopefully I’ll be able to keep them out of it.  Flowers and plants make me happy. 

Sunday we drove up to Alaska Veterans’ Memorial at Byers Lake for a memorial service put on by the Viet Nam Vets Motorcycle Club (hubby was taking pictures and brought up the sound equipment for it).  The boys had ants in their pants, so I sat with them in the car.  I’m sorry I didn’t get to see the service, but we heard the music and got to see the motorcycle parade.

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After the service we drove over to Talkeetna for dinner and some icecream.  I’ve never been there so it was nice to see.  We got some great views of Mt. McKinley too.  Sunday night we camped at Montana Creek.  The boys had fun throwing rocks in the creek and cooking marshmallows.

We had a great time and even though we were only gone one day, it felt like we had a long weekend.  The weekend was made even longer though, and turned not so wonderful when we got home Monday afternoon.

While taking the camper off the truck the front left jack broke.  We really want to be upset about it, but have to be thankful because it could have been much worse.  The camper could have crushed the truck, or rolled down the hill and been ruined.  One of the kids could have been near it and gotten hurt.  This could have happened when we were camping (two hours away from here).  And we are thankful for the friends that came to help us get the camper back upright.  After looking at the damage it doesn’t look as bad as we initially thought either.  Hopefully it won’t take too long to fix so we can still use it for camping this summer.Camper[1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now back to work- we are having a garage sale this weekend so I have lots to do!  I’m hoping when it’s all over with my home will be a little less cluttered.  Right now everything is pulled out so I can sort through it and gather stuff up to sell!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Jennifer





Menu Plan Monday- AK

15 09 2008

PhotobucketWe’re back from another camping trip; I thought the one three weeks ago might be our last for the season, but on a whim we went down to the Russian River campground with some friends for fishing, scouting for black bears, and berry picking. I only participated in the berry picking of course! Maybe next year I’ll get in on the fishing. To which dh would say “Ah-ha-ha, my plan is working!” He has a long term plan to turn me into a hunter/fisher woman. Me, I’d rather keep to the foraging part of hunting and foraging.

So, due to being gone all weekend and trying to get the camper cleaned up for winter, I haven’t had much time to really think about the menu until now. We have some salmon already cooked for dinner tonight (freshly caught this weekend of course!). Here is the rest of our menu for the week.

Monday     Salmon (cooked with onion, garlic salt and butter), Corn Fritters (don’t forget the honey butter), Mac&Cheese

Tuesday     Taco meat, refried beans, Homemade Tortillas, Fried Onions

Wednesday      Korean Beef Stirfry

Thursday      Sweet Hawaiin Mini Burgers

Friday     leftovers

Saturday
Lunch- Ginger Beef Noodle Soup
Dinner- Cheesy Pork Chops with Spicy Apples (from last week’s menu, pork chops still in the freezer!)

Sunday
Lunch- leftovers
Dinner- Roast Turkey, Stovetop stuffing, cranberry sauce (hopefully homemade)

Next week I’ll post some recipes that I will be using for all the berries (and rhubarb) that I need to cook. I am planning strawberry/rhubarb and strawberry/raspberry pies, cranberry sauce, cranberry jelly, and maybe even cranberry vodka? I am also hoping to go over a friends this week to pick rosehips for rose syrup and for drying.

In the meantime, get more great recipes and menu ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie! Have a great week!





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!





Camping Recipes?

29 06 2008

In making menu plans for camping this summer, I found this neat site: Chuck Wagon Diner. I really like how the site organizes its recipes into categories including those made in a pie iron. My mouth is drooling for portabella melts and cherry cream cheese pies. Bet you’ve never heard of a grog cake either! With clever use of foil and cast iron, I am going to see if I can get away without doing dishes for the whole trip!
If you have great camping recipes, I’d love to hear them! Thanks!





What day is it?

27 05 2008

It feels like a Monday to me!  But I think it’s Tuesday 🙂  It was another beautiful weekend here.  We took the kids camping in Seward for Memorial Day.  It rained for half of our trip, but that’s nothing new in Seward!  We took the opportunity to finally visit the Alaska SeaLife Center.  Our two year old, wanted to see “pe-gins” but was happy enough to see “beeg fishies.”  The baby was happy enough to watch the lights on the ceiling. 

We were extremely happy to have our new camper with us as it had heat and the temperatures weren’t over 45.  At this rate our kids are going to grow up camping in luxury!  I guess soon enough they’ll be old enough to go out hunting with their dad and will find out what it really means to rough it!