Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Today I felt like scribbling with markers. So I did. And slowly before my eyes something appeared.

It reminds me of a riverbed. Stones smoothed by rushing water. I, too, am being shaped by my environment. Carved and honed by the waters of life.

May the waters be gentle.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Alki Beach Park

Some days, you just feel like hanging out at the beach. But if you are familiar with Washington beaches, then you know that a lot of them in the Puget Sound are rocky. So we decided to go to the first sandy beach that came to my mind: Alki Beach Park in Seattle.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Charcoal Alaska

Thinking of Alaska today. I can still see the clouds hanging like mist over the treetops and the mountains bending over silver waters to see their reflections below.

An amazing memory to carry with me forever!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Juneau Roundup

Well, we loved our trip to Juneau! I miss it already.

Just to be thorough, I wanted to be sure to mention a few other gems we enjoyed on our trip.

- We shared King Crab at Tracy's King Crab Shack. The kids had so much fun tearing into these big crabs! Tip: go early to get the best and freshest selection.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Rainforest Trail

On our last full day in Alaska, we went on a rainy day hike on the Rainforest Trail at the north end of Douglas Island.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Salmon Fishing in Juneau

Before I begin, I'd like to say that my kids are amazing! Why? Because they got up and out of their cozy beds and into the great outdoors at the ungodly hour of 4:30am.

Yes. 4:30am. In Alaska. In the rain.

And what would make them want to come out so early?


Friday, July 17, 2015

Whale Watching with Allen Marine Tours

We went on a Whale Watching & Wildlife Quest through Allen Marine Tours. Whale watching was high on my son's list for our visit to Juneau. He had fuzzy memories of enjoying his tour last time he was in Alaska -- nine years ago. Honestly, I think he just remembers us talking about it!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Mount Roberts Trail

After taking the Tramway up Mount Roberts, we were at the perfect starting point for a hike toward the summit of Mount Roberts.

The upper portion of the Mount Roberts Trail starts at the Mount Roberts Mountain House and heads into the rain forest surrounding it.

Mount Roberts Tramway

Even though it was rainy, we decided to head up the Mount Roberts Tramway.

When you go on the Tramway, you get a tram stamp. Don't worry, it's not permanent. And it's a little bit cramped on the ride up. Luckily there was a fun gentleman inside telling stories and leading a song with a drum.

Macaulay Salmon Hatchery

We headed out early on our first day to check out Macaulay Salmon Hatchery. I love Salmon Hatcheries! We actually live by one, but this one is way bigger, and has a large fish ladder coming up from the ocean.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Nugget Falls Trail

We arrived in Juneau and our friend, Alaska Dad, told us we should use a couple extra hours today

We were greeted near the visitor's center by a bear crossing sign. My son thought that was pretty funny!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Lodge Lake

I came across the hike to Lodge Lake as I searched for shorter hikes for my family to try over the holiday weekend. It turned out to be the perfect hike for our free Summer day!

The hike started out on a trail through a forest, then openedup quickly into the cleared area running beneath the ski lifts of The Summit ski area. This portion of the hike grew hot under the Summer sunshine, but the views of the surrounding mountains were breathtaking!