Sunday, July 24, 2005

Kurt's younger brother, Keith and his family- wife, Tamara.

The Kniegge family: Kurt and Bev, and kids Kit (9), Kyle (6), Krystal (11)

One of the many glaciers we observed on our day cruise in Prince William Sound. In the old days, the boats would blast their horns and the glaciers would 'calf' (i.e. a chunk would fall off into the Sound) but with global warming, the glaciers are receeding too quickly already and the authorities put a stop to the honking. The glacier looks blue because blue is lowest visible wavelength to the human eye and all other colours are absorbed by the ice (same reason the sky is blue- Physics 101). Blue is refracted and that is the colour we see. When the boat sped away from the glacier, the roar of the engine did cause the glacier to calf (I suspect the captain pulled full throttle for that very purpose- since major pieces of ice then fell and splashed. The splashes eventually rocked the boat.

A close call, but Moosey did not turn into road kill. Actually, this is the 'baby' and the mama is on the other side of the road.

At the commercial fishing operation (Dan's bro-in-law worked here for two summers- I still prefer Palomar, girls!), the view reminded me of my grandparent's place in Victoria... There is a huge mountain in the horizon (12,000 ft elevation) but it is difficult to see. It is hard to imagine that during the winter the water is choked with ice chunks- a little colder than I'd like!

Catch of the day. The 'A' quality salmon are in the green tub- those will be sold whole. The others (to the left) will be sold as fillets, canned, smoked, or other.

The John Deere in action, pulling in one of the boats that checks the nets 3-4 times daily to catch the salmon harvest.

In fond rememberance of our friends, Alysun and Jeff, we posed in from of a JD... only this tractor is used to work a commercial fishing operation instead of wheat. (Kenai Peninsula)

Downtown Anchorage- 2015 air miles from San Francisco!

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Whittier by the calm protected waters of Prince William Sound.

We didn't sleep much, camping on the Kenai Peninsula. This is around midnight. We had to stay near a fire to keep mosquitos away.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Beanie is 10 weeks now! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Returning from camping on Kenai River Posted by Picasa