Monday, July 28, 2008

land of the eternal sun

Greetings from Homer, Alaska.

We flew into Anchorage late Saturday night and drove into Homer on Sunday. It rained the whole time. But today we awoke to bright sunshine and blue skies. It's beautiful!

All Dani wanted from this trip was to see a moose. She started looking from the minute we departed the airport and was disappointed we didn't see one on the way to the hotel. She was sure she would see one on our five hour drive to Homer. Her eyes did not leave the scenery on her side of the car the whole way.

This time she wasn't disappointed. All of a sudden we heard a shriek. "A MOOSE! A moose!!" She had seen it standing in the middle of a driveway (which is actually a long road off the main highway). We turned the car around and headed back trying to remember which road it was.

First turn.... no moose. We told her it could have gone into the forest by then. But we tried the next road... and there it was! Danielle screamed, I kid you not. Either her scream or the car startled it so it turned around and ran into the trees. We pulled up a little more and once it saw us again, it took off running. But we had seen our first moose. She saw another later in the day standing down an embankment with it's baby. We didn't turn around for that one. And we told her she couldn't scream anymore.

Our cabin is nice, but small. Smaller than the brochure let on. But we love the area and the view from our front windows and porch is breathtaking.

I have no internet at the cabin and you wouldn't believe me if I told you how I ended up being able to write this post (I'll write a separate post on it when I get home), so I'm not sure if or when I'll post again. This is mainly for my family so they know we got here and that we're having a good time.

Today (by the time you read this) we'll be going on a boat to do some whale watching and Don and Jake will be halibut fishing on Wednesday. Until I write again, farewell from the beautiful state of Alaska, where the sun hardly sets. I'm writing this at 9:45 and you would think it was 6:00. I'll write about that soon, too.


Anonymous said...

How exciting. Glad I wasn't there to hear Dani's scream, but sure would have liked to see her face.

Enjoy your trip!!!

Penless Thoughts said...

Oh how wonderful. When we were there we took pictures of us having a meal, outside on the picnic table, at midnight under the sun!!!!! It is so beautiful and breathtaking. So glad you were able to post!!

Lori said...
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Lori said...

Have a great time in Alaska.
So glad Dani got to see the moose.

Barb said...

Your view is beautiful! You didn't say what the temperature was. I'll have to check it out on the web.

Well, Dani finally got to see her moose, shrieks and all. I remember the first moose we saw in Maine. We were driving and there it was just 20 feet or so in from the highway. They are awesome.

Maybe you have heard that we had an earthquake yesterday 5.4. It "rocked" for a few seconds. I had almost forgotten what they felt like!

I'm down with a lousy sinus infection, but on antibiotics, should be better soon.

Jamey said... fun!! I hope you and your family have a great time! I love moose and look every time we go up to Northern Minnesota. I'm glad Danielle got to see one!

Lynne said...

Sounds like you're having a wonder time. Wow-a moose! I don't believe I've ever seen one.