Saturday, October 03, 2015

Wildman looks much more civilized after his haircut today.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

First Snow of the Year

It's super wet and slushy and will probably melt away in this afternoons sunshine but we enjoyed waking up to a white world this morning.
Elijah right after he got a snowball down his jacket. :)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Rainbow Creek Trail

I believe there is beauty to be found even on those rainy days. And we had a lot of those at the beginning of September. This is a picture of our street. Our apartment is just at the end of this dead end road on the left. I've been enjoying watching these gorgeous trees show off their Autumn colors. The rain is knocking off those yellow leaves pretty fast and it's nearly bare now.
After two weeks of clouds and rain it was a joy to see the sun last Friday. We did the bare minimum of school that morning so we could head out and enjoy the sunshine. I packed some drinks and snacks and we headed down Turnagain Arm to McHuge Creek trail head.

There are several trails that start at that trail head but this time we chose the Rainbow Creek Trail and boy am I glad we did! Wait till you see the view from half way up the mountain!

The sun was shining through the yellow leaves and made everything glow. It was amazing.

Most of the trail was through the woods so we didn't realize how high we were until we came out at this overlook! It was breathtaking. The boys were even impressed and they don't often get excited about scenery.

See the road waaay down there? That's the road we took along Turnagain Arm. The boys like to watch the cars and since the train tracks parallel the road we were hoping for a train to go by while we were up there.

I'm so thankful to have these places and spaces to enjoy so close to home. Our Fall is pretty short here in Alaska but it's intense and so, so beautiful!
What about you? Has Fall come to your part of the country yet?

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Alaska State Fair

The Alaska State Fair is held each year in Palmer which is an hour north of where we live in Anchorage.

It's a beautiful drive up there. Even though we've driven that road many times now it's always new because the mountains look different every time. Some times they are clear and sometimes their surrounded by clouds like they started out yesterday. 

Can you see the sun trying to break through?

You can take the train from Anchorage if you want and it'll drop you off right at the Fair gates.

We met up with our friends Paul and Marie at the gates and enjoyed the day together.

There are no snakes in the wild here in Alaska so the boys were thrilled to find a reptile building filled with snakes, turtles, gators, lizards, frogs... basically everything we left behind in Florida.

If you're at the Alaska Fair you have to stop by and take a look at the giant veggies! We were there on the very last day of the fair so some of the flowers and veggies were understandably looking a little droopy and tired. When the Fair is over they load up all the vegetables and drop them out back for the bears.

This was the largest pumpkin at the fair but it was disqualified from being entered into the competition because it has a hole near the stem. The other pumpkin that would have won the contest was dropped and broken when they were trying to move it with a crane.

It was really neat to watch the chicks hatching out of their shells.

Marie and Elijah watching the babies hatch.

It was fun walking around all the animals and meeting some of the owners.
The goats were our favorites.

These little girls were getting their rabbits judged and I thought they were just the cutest! 

Then it was off to catch the Lumberjack Show!

Elijah says that was his favorite part. And he even matched the lumberjacks with his red and black jacket! :)

We decided to let the boys ride some rides before we got something to eat. A couple different people gave me their left over tickets so the boys got to ride a few extra rides! 

This was one of their favorites...

And this one was their least favorite...

"I thought I wasn't scared of anything, but i am!" ~Ethan

I think it was because they didn't feel very secure. And it did go pretty high.

Oh it was a lovely day!

Have you been to the Fair in your area this year? What's your favorite part?