Thursday, August 16, 2007

It's HOW hot in Texas?? Alaska trip 2007.

We just returned from 2 weeks in Alaska. It was so nice and cool there. We could feel the heat as we exited the plane to Texas! I see many summers in Alaska in our future!!
Quick synopsis of our trip:
We started off the trip with Mandy and Ely picking us up at the airport. It was so good to see them. Ely has grown so much since last year. Later that evening we got to meet Kelly, Dustin's finace. She is wonderful. We are so excited for them. Dustin, Kelly, and Nathan left the next morning for a fishing trip. The next day Dustin, Kelly, Nathan, me and the kids went on a little trip to Valdez. It was a beautiful drive. It was much cooler there and we enjoyed some fun places. The boys and Kelly did some great fishing there. Sunday night we went to the famous Double Musky Inn for dinner for Nathan and Ely's birthdays. It was fabulous. The next day, I spent a day with the kids while Nathan and Darren went on a mega-hike. Nathan returned home with his sweatpants tied around a bloody hand. Lovely. After a $500.00 trip to a clinic he received 3 stitches. He would like to tell you that he was attacked by a bear, but he really just fell on a sharp rock. We had lots of fun during the week with hikes, shopping, and fishing. One day Nathan and I even hiked 5 miles round trip with all three kiddos to the resort. What were we thinking!?! Then we took a weekend trip to Mandy's parents house in Kenai. It was so fun and relaxing. Mandy was awesome and volunteered to watch all three kids so I could go out on the river fishing. It was so relaxing and great, even if we didn't catch anything. It was so fun to spend time with the family, We are so looking forward to Dustin and Kelly's wedding in June. Kaylee is going to be the flower girl and Ely the ringbearer. How exciting!

Kaylee and Me under part of the Alaska pipeline

Nathan fishing

Family at the bottom of Horsetail Falls

Kelly, Kaylee, and Nathan hiking up next to the falls


And this is where they had the best fishing!

This is Worthington Glacier that we hiked to. It was really cold and hard with the kids, but so worth it! How many people can say they touched a glacier?

Nathan fishing

Mandy, Kaylee, and Ely on a hike

Kaylee and a bear

Ely and a bear

Nathan's hand after fall but before stitches. Lovely!!

Nathan with an Alaskan size dragonfly on his back

Dustin fishing (It is 11:00 at night in this picture! And yes, the sun is just starting to go down.)

Captain Darren driving the boat, and Kelly

Kaylee at the beach in ALASKA (it was so cold!)

Great trip!! I could give so many more details, but I am still too tired!!


Cyndy said...

What beautiful pctures!!!!!! Looks like you had so much fun. Give my kids a big hug and kiss for me!

Jennifer said...

What beautiful pics! I'd love to go back to Alaska.

It's so weird to look at the glacier and realize you were just there, all the while we've been sweating it like crazy down here.

I'm so glad you had fun and that you have such a wonderful place to visit each year. I'm jealous!

stacey said...

some of those pics would look so great blown up on your wall; maybe even ansel adams style in b&w!

great fun!

thanks for all the stories last night!

Laura said...

What a fun trip & great memories for the kids. It's nice having family living in beautiful parts of the world! Glad you guys had a great time. Thanks for all the pics. :) (Don't tell Nathan but Kaylee looks like she's about 14 in some of those pics! What a beauty!) Talk to you soon.

Shelly said...

Ohhhh, I'm so envious that you got to spend time w/ some of my favorite people in one of my favorite places! You got some great pictures! Maybe it will work out one day for all of us to go up together. The kids would have a blast together---espcially when they're a little older and no diapers are involved. :) So glad you had such a great trip!

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