July 9 The Iditarod is the world famous 1000 mile dog sled trek through treacherous ice and snow starting in Anchorage, Alaska, and runs north to Nome, Alaska. In 2004, a man named Mitch Seavey was the world champion racer. He and his dog team of 16 Alaskan Huskies drove over the finish line after 9 days of severe cold, and dangerous terrain. The Seavey family, has been racing in the Iditarod for many years, and own and operate a kennel in Seward where their own dogs, as well as other dogs are trained over the summer for the famous 1000 mile trek. They call it summer camp for the dogs. Even their competitors come to camp to get ready for the winter haul! The Seavey's have Continue Reading
Clam Digging for Beginners!
July 7 What an experience we had, and an unexpected ending! First of all, like everything else we've set out to do... we had no idea what we were doing. All we knew is that we needed clam shovels, buckets and rubber gloves. We knew what time the tide was going to be the lowest, so we got everyone up early, unhooked the RV and headed for a place called Clam Glutch, known for the well sought after razor clam. When we arrived, we were met with a very low tide and a 4 wheel drive ride in the jeep out onto the sandy shores. We got out and started our trek over the wet shore all way way out to where the low ride met the new shoreline: Looking back at where we parked on the shore Continue Reading
July 5 After a week in Homer, we were ready to leave and go to our next destination. We spend all morning preparing the RV for departure, a chore in itself, but even a bigger chore when you haven't moved in a week. We ran into some problems with our septic tank overflowing into the motorhome... what a mess we had to clean! On the road, a cabinet swung open and a bottle of vinegar came tumbling out, spraying vinegar all over an unsuspecting sleeping Zach! Soldotna was our original destination, but we decided to go toward the coast and stay in a beautiful RV park called Beluga Overlook. It overlooked the mouth of the famous Kenai River. The pictures below show the view from above, and Continue Reading
Jay’s Halibut Trip
July 1 Jay goes on his first halibut trip on our Uncle Greg's boat: Continue Reading
Jacob, and his cousin goes on a halibut trip!
June 30 Little to they know kind of day lies ahead of them... should I wake them up? Receiving the news that they will be going on a half day halibut charter: Getting under way: Aren't they handsome? Zach's catch: The crews catch: Master filleter: (Is there such as word?) Beautiful scenery: Arriving back to port: Receiving their catch... alread filleted and ready to cook! Two proud fishermen! They both caught their limit of two halibut each. Meanwhile, back at camp, we take the girls into the town of Homer for a little shopping: Time for an alaskan lunch! Jade opted for a regular hotdog while Jay and Jasmine enjoy a reindeer sausage: Ran into Continue Reading
Salmon and Bear Encounter!
June 28 Today is a day to remember forever. The kids, recently joined by their two cousins who flew in to be with us for 2 weeks, will be telling this story to their kids and grandkids for years to come....Unfortunately, due to the surprise moments, the camera was either far from our mind, out of our reach, or the moments just past too quickly. However, despite the pictures we missed, we can certainly tell you a tale to remember! (We have a few pics for you to enjoy!) Our equipment: Our waders: An unexpected 2.3 mile hike: Hiking with waders turned down: Resting about 1.3 miles: Finally made it to our fishing hole: Zach, Jacob and Jay across the river: A Continue Reading