Don’t call it a comeback

26 07 2011

Hello readers!

Welcome to the return of the blog.  Things in St Louis are very very hot right now!  It’s the second straight week of heat warnings and advisories.  Bleg!
Here’s an update on my life:

I started a new job in Dec and it’s been going great!  In Jan I survived snowmaggeden here  in STL, and as I previously posted, in Feb I went to the wizarding world of Harry Potter with McEdit (AWESOME).  March brought me to Atlanta to run a half marathon with my mom and April was packed with freeze-my-butt-off cheering on the cards at a baseball game,  running a half marathon in St Louis with my mom in the scorching heat, and celebrating my college girlfriends coming into town for a reunion. In May I saw Jason Aldean in concert, graduated, and had my birthday. In June, the boy and I went on a whirlwind trip of the AK (look for another post about how awesome that was!) and so far July has been spent enjoying modern conveniences like air conditioning, training for a triathlon, and wondering what in the world possessed me to sign up for a triathlon in Aug in St Louis.

I’m planning on posting a bit on my AK vacation, some on my adventures in St Louis and training, but the focus of my posts will likely be on my upcoming trip to Mozambique and the fundraising I’m doing for it.

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From Every Mountain Top

26 08 2010

Yes I’m back in Tha Lou, but I can still post beautiful pics from the drive back from Valdez right?

I’ll probably continue updating the blog with some remaining AK pics, and also updates about life back in St. Louis.

Backdrop of the Wrangells

Wrangell

Summit Lake

Glacier

Horsetail Falls





Smoke on the water

21 08 2010

I firmly believe that Valdez on a beautiful day is maybe just a little bit like heaven.  We went out at 6 for fishing, and it was a typical cloudy, misty, foggy morning in the harbor.  As the day went on and the cooler got fuller, we got to enjoy some spectacular scenery.  The amazing views on the drive down and back are really a whole other post to themselves.

Prepare to be jealous!





I am Woman Hear Me Roar

18 08 2010

Last Sunday my mom and I went down to Valdez to fish in the women’s Silver Salmon Derby.  We did the first and second year and this year we did the sixth year.  It’s a great time.  We didn’t win the derby, but we did have tons of fun, and the water was filled with tons of cries of delight and good times.

Mom watches the pole.

Mom and I out fishing

We were short a first mate so I steered the boat while the captain rigged the poles, netted the fish, etc.

Me, Mom, Jane and Pudge with our limits of salmon!

Take two.

Notice the proximity of the rocks in the background.  EEKK!

Us and our fish!

Yeah woman gloves!  Wahooo!





On The Road Again

3 08 2010

A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to drive one of the few roads in Alaska I’ve never been on.  The Denali Highway.  It’s not a traditional highway, it’s 135 miles from Paxon to Cantwell and it’s mostly gravel.  During the winter it’s not maintained and can only be used be traversed by dog sledding, skiiing, or snow maching.

The views of the mountains are apparently stunning…. however it was pretty misty and foggy during our drive, which while unfortunate for Mckinley viewing, did add a haunting beauty to the landscape.  Lefty and I set out with enough diet coke to supply us should we need to walk the 135 miles, and probably enough food, tents, and stoves to live happily on the highway for a  few weeks, I mean months.  Hey if you have an entire truck bed to fill up, why not?

On the way to Paxon.

Mountains

More mountains, all just hanging out on the drive to the highway, looking awesome.  Oh and yeah it’s about 10:30pm when these were taken 🙂

In Paxson, about to get on the Denali highway.  These sideways telephone poles are in permafrost, that’s why the look all Dr. Seussy

The Alpine tundra of the highway.

Lefty at landmark gap.

Six swans along the way

Second highest pass in the AK.

All in all it was a fantastic trip with fantastic company.  The weather cooperated and we only got rained on once camp was set up and we were in the tent at night.  We saw moose on all three highways we drove and caribou, ptarmagin, and swans on the Denali highway.  Furthermore, we accomplished a rare feat in Alaskan road tripping: we returned to town on a DIFFERENT highway than we left.





Have you ever seen a moose, kissing a goose down by the bay?

21 07 2010

So far my moose count for the summer is 13, including twowhile I was on a bike…. a little close especially since it was a mom and a baby…. but it all turned out well.  Here are some pics of  the ones I saw when I had a camera!

3 moose on the side of the road and one chilling in a lake.





Jennifer, throw another log on the fire

19 07 2010

Over the 4th of July, Mom and I went up to Denali National Park to hike and fish and hang out.  The first day we attempted to hike Mt. Healy, however about half way up we got poured on, and decided to turn back since the terrain was already getting a little iffy.  Mountain hiking on slippery rocks and tree roots is not a great plan.  So we came back ate at Lynx Creek Pizza (yum) and then settled in while the weather periodically got better and worse.  In the afternoon we went down to Savage River (as far as you can drive into the park) and hiked around until it started raining again.  Then a very important event occurred…. FIRST CAMPFIRE OF THE SEASON!!!!!  Wahooo!  Hot dogs and S’mores YUM!

The next day the weather cleared, thought not enough for the mountain to be out, but enough to tackle the climb again.

Campfire!

Half way to the top

Where we started, more or less is the little village down there with the blue roofs.

Cloudy at the summit of Mt. Healy!

Even the squirrel wanted to enjoy the view!

I love Alaska this much!