Tuesday, June 19, 2007

April stuff

I took a trip to Homer back in April and mom and I spent a day driving around and seeing old places we haven't seen in a while. I got some interesting pictures, but since that was the busiest month I've had in a few years I never found time to post them before forgetting about them all together.

Funky pyramid house down by the bluffs.


This house isn't anything special, but their fence is.

If you click on this picture, you can see it larger in another window. The driftwood top looks so neat. I would love to do something like this at my house after seeing this.


Mom kept telling me I had to see the new winery out at Bear Creek. I wasn't super excited because I've never liked the taste of wine. She insisted the place had neat stuff though so off we went.

On the way there we passed this wine bottle garden. If you click on the picture to see it enlarged it looks a little neater. I thought it was surely created by the winery but they new nothing about it. Which was strange because it was two driveways away. Must be a happy customer?

I wasn't as excited about their shop but I loved their carved bears.


Scary looking monster boat we found in the back of the Homer Boat Yard.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Ice Road Truckers

Just saw this article in the Anchorage Daily News this morning, sounded pretty appealing...

Ice road truckers: Tougher than crab fishermen? You can practically hear the pitch: “Hey, people loved ‘The Deadliest Catch.’ What other dangerous, scary, freezing jobs can we point a camera at?’”

The Canadian Press reports that the History Channel will debut a 10-part series Sunday called “Ice Road Truckers.” The action takes place in Canada.

Look for the shot of a sinking 18-wheeler. Is it staged?

Says producer Dawn Fitzgerald: “Not everybody's fit for the Iditarod, but they can envision themselves behind the wheel of a truck. … It's this blue-collar job that takes people out there and really pushes the limits of the average guy.”

Saturday, June 09, 2007


While Marty was in class I decided to tour the area. I've lived on the Kenai peninsula almost my whole life but never really spent much time checking out Kenai or Soldotna. While we were down there I also went to Nikiski, Sterling, & Kasilof. I had a great time just driving around taking pictures of neat and meaningless things. And since we were broke it was a good thing I enjoyed doing just that.

Nikiski was by far my favorite. Each town had a lot more abandon businesses and buildings that I ever expected to find, but Nikiski topped all of them. It was like going 50 years into the past. I didn't get even close to photographing all of them.

I loaded all the pictures into my flickr account if you wanna see.

We're Back

We just got back from 4 days in Kenai. The class was really hard for Marty. It's actually a class that is usually done over the course of a semester but this one was crammed into 4 days. He didn't know that until he got down there. He kept saying he felt way in over his head but persistently prayed for God to help him through and what do ya know - he got an 84% on his final test. I'm so proud of him sticking with God and trudging through instead of giving up.

While we were down there I called the pound to check on the little dog we found before we left town. The bad news was that her owners still hadn't claimed her but the good news was that some other family had left a deposit on her. The owners have until today, the 9th to claim her - tomorrow she is available for adoption. I guess the fact that we left a paper with anything we could tell about her really helped. We just said she was house trained, great with other animals, and very well mannered - I'll have to remember to do that if the situation ever comes up again.

Monday, June 04, 2007


Marty and I leave tomorrow morning at around 3 am to drive to Soldotna for a few days. He has to take a certified welding inspection class down there. So it won't be tons of fun for him but we rented a small apartment and Pete and I plan on turning into tourist and painting the town pink while he's in class.

Pete needs a little brushing up with dog obedience so with a leash and treats in tow, hopefuly we can polish him up quite nicely.


Meanwhile, we found another dog out on Schrock road yesterday. I hit 5 different neighborhoods looking for someone who recognized her to no avail. We've immediately left her description with the pound and put up signs today but unfortunately we will have to drop her off at the pound in an hour or so. We can't have 2 dogs with us at the place we'll be staying so hopefully her owners will find her and take her home. I'll let the pound know not to euthanize her with out calling me first. I'm sure I could find a good home for her if her owners don't claim her.

She's a sweet little thing. I think she's a Jack Russell mix. House trained, gets along great with our dog and cat and is well mannered. I'm sure she's loved, she came with a collar and an expectation to sleep up on our bed (which didn't happen).

Anyway, the frustrating part is her owners haven't posted their own signs, haven't called the pound, haven't taken measures to make sure she remains safely at home, haven't put ID tags on her pretty little collar, and have not fixed her. Yes I believe she is currently in heat on top of it all.

If you'd like to take her home she'd love to have you!!