Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ID - Last State Before the Canadian Border

  Between UT and ID is where I took about 300 pics that were lost when I got my new phone...serious bummer!  However, I had sent a few to my kids via text and they were kind enough to send them back, sooooo here they are!!!
Me standing in the Great
Salt Lake and it

An overlook at Twin Falls, UT

These pics do not even come close
to how incredibly gorgeous this place is!

Twin Falls, ID

Twin Falls, ID

   Bright Spot - Carl and I spent a few days visiting his old friend Billy.  They've known each other for years...since 1980!  Somewhere in that span of time, they were a truck-driving team for about 6 months and had a whole lot of stories to share!!!  My jaws hurt from laughing!  They haven't seen each other for 5 years.  It was really cool to see them reminisce and laugh AND work on Billy's bright yellow 1973 Corvette Stingray!  They had a blast!
The guys playing

The project

Left-right...Les, Billy, Carl

Old buddies!

Billy's friend Les and his wife,  Karen, were our gracious hosts while we were visiting.  We were able to hook up their 110 and water.  It was great.  Thanks, guys!!!  I'm pretty sure it is safe to say that we all had a delightfully memorable few days.
The next few shots are what I saw
on my morning walks around
their house 

Looks like there are a lot of
wishes in the air

This and the next 4 are pics of parts
of Karen's garden.


Hen 'n chicks

When we left there, we headed straight to the Canadian border.  After all the preparations to cross without any meats or potatoes (internet said NO, so we left them behind with Les and Karen), they didn't even ask about them...really?!  Better safe than sorry, I suppose!

We declared our 2 bottles of wine and then they asked where we
Just driving through mountains...wow

OOPS!  This was in Les's neighborhood

Willow trees!!!  Hundreds of them
 waving in the gentle caress of
the breeze!

At a pull-off...it even had a bench!!!

Sooooo beautiful!

Rivers through the mountains popped
up all during our drive

Waterfalls in the rocks...
snow melting

Isn't this amazing?

One of my faves

Yes we were up high enough to be with
the snow!!!!
were from and what we did for a living before we retired...so funny! Basically, a smooth border-crossing!  We stopped in the duty-free shop to get our money exchanged...so fun...1- it is plastic and 2 - we got $485 for our $400.  We were surprised to discover that duty-free purchases are only for export, so we couldn't get anything to take with us while in Canada.  No biggie!
The drive from Billy's to the border astounded us over and over...so beautiful!

ALASKA - We Made It!!!

  We are here!!!!!  We got into Wasilla late Saturday afternoon.  Except for the sign at the entrance to the museum, I haven't taken many pics yet...we have been decompressing from the 7 straight days of arduous travel though the mountains of Canada.  Nontheless, here we are...in ALASKA!
   Sherry and Lonny, the museum curators, have been terrific.  We got the grand tour of the facility and grounds, met the museum dog Juneau, and were given 4 days off to get acclimated.  We also met the other couple volunteering with us...Julie and Wally.   At the moment, it feels good to know we will be in one place for a little while...lol
   We are preparing in many ways for yet another adventure into the unknown for the summer.  I've been reading up on the mosquitoes and the Aurora Borealis.  There is a big "Appreciation Evening" planned for tomorrow night to celebrate the new set up in the gallery and meet the community.  It sounds like fun!
*****The next half dozen or so postings will take you back to Idaho and our travels to this point through Canada.  Once I get caught up...postings will be back in chronological order!  Yippee!!!
Border crossing back into the USA - Alaska
They took our oranges, tomatoes and peppers-

Old school insulators...there were miles of these poles...
civilization must not be far away...lol 

Last night before crossing the border...
pretty awesome view!

Moose spotted in mountain pond...
so many sightings just pop up in your
peripheral vision...too late to stop, but
good enough to catch a glimpse

These loose gravel, bumpy, lumpy roads
were more the norm than the exception for
the 1400+ miles along the Al-can highway...
it was crazy!!!!

Mountain lake,,,they showed up all
through the drive...each one more beautiful
than the last

Nope, that orange thing is not an exotic
caterpillar or a worm of any kind...it's a
CHEESE DOODLE discovered at a
pull-off area...no comment!

First glacier sighting

At many many points, we were
virtually surrounded by mountains

Notice the 2 peaks far off in the distance
poking through the clouds...so cool!!!
The views have been breathtaking

Signs of the cutting away of the mountain
to build the roads

Mountain river...side view mirror shot...
not too shabby either...lol

Home for the next 3 months