Sunday, May 28, 2017

Do Nothing Day

  Today was a watch movie and drink beer day.  Low clouds and chilly temps found me watching my neighbor mow his perfect lawn. I was thankful I had not used fertilizer this year. So my yard is still a nice brown and that is fine with me. Winter is still hanging around and the plants know it.

Fiddle Head Ferns 

  It is nice to see snow on the mountains behind our home. This weather reminds me of the early 1990's and I suspect a long rainy Summer is ahead.

Portage Lake

  Hope everyone has a safe Memorial Day Weekend. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

1957 Chevy 3100

  It has been bizarre weather lately, Sunny then hail, then clouds and snow, then rain and ended with  Sunshine.

Love that wrap around back window

  The $19 pre paid phone is still providing high speed unlimited internet. It still will not make or receive phone calls. Texts still appear to work though, I decided to keep using it for a hotspot and be happy with that. It is faster and more reliable than our internet provider was and costs the same $80 a month.

The truck is built on a Chevy car frame and is powered by an injected 350 CI engine mated to a five speed manual transmission. It has all the modern stuff like steering and disk brakes. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Sunny Day

As we looked at clouds, my friend took this pic of Denali, from an A Star 350 helicopter

  Anchorage had a Sunny nice day and we enjoyed it. Then rain and a clear afternoon today. My friend Shaun came over after work and helped me change the belt on my 1995 Caravan. It is a bear of a job for one person. It was a lot of work for two and he is a mechanic.

 Picked up my brother and his wife at the airport. They will be spending a week with us, hope they see some Sunshine during their stay. It was Sunny at ten PM when we drove home, I told them to look at all the mountains now as they might not see them again.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Found Sun in Denali Park

  Today we decided to drive to the park and hike in the rain. Sure glad we thought to bring our rain gear inside, it was pouring at the lodge.

  It is 121 miles from the lodge to the Savage River hike parking lot. As we passed the 80 mile point, the sky cleared a bit and the Sun came out. The park is open, but still early in the season and some things not open or being fixed etc. The park is higher and colder than North or South of it.

  Kathy had a yummy lunch packed and we ate well. After that it was a nice Sunny walk on park trails. We were most happy with our day and drove back into the rain towards the lodge.

  The people at the lodge got a big hail storm and piles of hail are still around. Denali is still hiding in the clouds. It is a fact that most tourist never see it, due to clouds.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Low Clouds, Rain This Week

 Been doing OK, nothing interesting to post lately. After a week of rain, we drove to a lodge we forgot to cancel. We knew it would rain here also, but sometimes it is light snow.

If we leave the room today, we will take a hike in the light snow. There is very little to see in Denali Park now with fog, low clouds, and light snow.

Should have checked the weather before it was too late to cancel. Thankfully the Obama Phone works as a hotspot and we can watch movies on Amazon Prime. No internet at the lodge, but they have comfy rooms and good food.

That is all that is going on with us for now.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Just too Much Going On To Be Real

  It has been a very busy time in Seward. Up at 6 am and walking up to view Exit Glacier, then checking out of our room and moving to another. After a few Bourbon and cokes I crashed for a short nap and then had to get dressed to attend an art show. I am not much for hob nob social events, but had fun anyway.

  There is an Antique Tractor plowing show in Palmer Alaska tomorrow. If I get going on time, I may get to see it. Not much chance of that.

  Tomorrow will be back to normal life with Kitty and yard work. There will be helicopter flights and exercise etc, just how I live life now.

Jumping Orcas

A mirage seen today
  Today was an amazing clear and warm day for Seward Alaska. We went on a four hour pre-paid, two for one whale viewing cruise. It was on an enclosed catamaran with Kenai Fiords, a very good company to use. There were Orca whales out the kazoo since fish were also.

  The water was smooth and no rocking of the boat, yet liberal Kathy got ill. She got over it quickly when the man put on a jacket and kept it on.

  It was a really great day and quite a mind bender considering we were walking on the beach in Waikiki so few hours before. Today was glaciers and snowy mountains with a perfect blue sky.

Pic shot from hip, Orca came completely out of the water, amazing 

  After the tour we walked 2.5 miles for exercise and then I had my 1st pizza since last July. Black olives and mushrooms on a thin crisp crust, yummy. I had wanted my meal at my favorite Italian place in Seward, alas I was glad I did. The owners sold it last October and for now they still make pizza like it was, but the oven and cook have been sold to another place and everything will be different before the Summer tourist get here.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Arrived In Seward AK Just before Dark

Gilligan's Island filmed here

  After a wonderful fun last day in Waikiki, up with Sunrise and water aerobics for Kathy and Kona Long board lager on the Lanai for me. We had a late check out so there was time for showers after our beach walk. 

Waikiki Beech

  Then left our bags at the Bell Hop and ate our last salad for lunch. Then we spent the afternoon inside the military museum and watched the Sunset one last time. Then it was Speedy Shuttle $ 30 back to the airport. Our flight had been delayed so we had plenty of time for going through normal TSA as we were not allowed Pre Check for the first time in 6 or more years. I wonder why anyone flies anymore after that. They had a minor cow event over my Nitro Glycerin pills I carry everywhere. I had to explain each drug in my possession, as I had them in 7 day carrier instead of giant prescription bottles. I told them I had a heart attack in August and if they had one also they would be taking pills daily like me, that was what chilled them out and they said OK. Since I had to give them my shoes and belt and they pulled that crap...I let my shorts fall to my ankles. They were then trying to get rid of me quickly after that. 

Hale Koa Military Resort

  The delayed flight got us into Anchorage around 8 am and we were home by 9 am. Kitty appears fine and did not care that we were back. I was very tired and went to bed until Kathy awoke me for a Doc appointment at 2 pm. We  had errands after that and  got a late start on our drive to Seward. It was a beautiful Sunny drive through the snowy mountains and traffic was light. Now snug as a bug in the Seward Resort.

Diamond Head

 The $ 19 Verizon phone no longer works. I asked Verizon and they said I could get my money back, but the phone will not work anymore. So what it says on the box is real. The phone lasts two months from activation. I had really started to like it. I can still use as a camera or flashlight or paper weight.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Pearl Harbor Again

Worked on the F 104 in my early 20's. They still fly today.

  I wanted to revisit all the museums and hopefully take better pics. I started at 7 am and was there until mid afternoon.

  It was a good day and not too crowded. People were nice and in their own world, until I went into the sub that is. I crossed paths with a real jerk. He tried to get in without paying, after cutting in line ahead of me. His wife got it paid and tried to calm situation. I quickly moved ahead in order to look at sub and take pics.

  I was at the communications station and enjoying figuring out what was what. He came in, loud and giving a tour to about ten people. I an not an expert on WWII Fleet sub's, but know more than most tourists. This guy was clueless and making shit up as he went.

  I quickly moved ahead and so did he. So then I got behind his group, so I could get some pics. One of his followers saw me and asked a technical question. So I answered it correctly and in detail.

  The shit hit the fan. The man from Canada informed everyone I was wrong and not to listen to me. I did not correct him, but his wife sure did. The group of tourist stayed with me and the jerk left the sub. I gave them the best tour I could and they had a lot of technical questions. They thanked me for my time and effort.

  The jerk's wife talked to me later in the museum. He is not Canadian and was in the Navy two weeks, before being dismissed. I wished her the best in life and thanked her. Dang amazing for me.

  There was a fun ride back to the hotel with a local for $5. Back streets etc for local color, very fun. Then a fine diner and a great comedy show.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Still Enjoying Ohau


  We took public transportation to Diamond Head and walked, hiked to the top. Even starting the walk at 8 am was too late for avoiding the heat.

  My suggestion if you are staying in Waikiki, is to buy a trolley pass. Much nicer and they go to all the tourist spots. We have walked our buns off.

  After the hike, we cleaned up and went to a fantastic magic show. I like mind bending magic displays.

  Today was a 30 minute tour of South Ohau in an A Star 350 helicopter. It is a great way to see how everything is laid out. Then a nice diner and Sunset beach walk.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sailed On Catamaran

  Today we were awakened by the Sunrise. I like to start my day that way. Kathy went for a garden and beach walk before exercise. I ventured to the Lanai with a cold beer and Cheerios. She will outlive me for sure, but I get to do what I want.

  My boat pics were taken with my Nikon D 7200 and I have not yet figured out how to blue tooth them to this Amazon Fire. So you get to see pics from my morning walk.

  I love our hotel room, but getting a bit concerned about having a glass wall next to my side of the bed, on the 14 floor.

  I skipped the museum after seeing this van parked in front.

  A nice dinner and Sunset walk finished our day.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Island life is nice

  No rain or clouds today, nice temp and a bit humid for me. It was T shirt, shorts and sandals.

  I took some pics with my Amazon Fire, which I am using to make this post. Never tried this before.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Feels nice in Waikiki

 A long plane ride and great dinner and now in the same room as last time. That building I took so many pics of in now a busy Hilton hotel.

 cat sitter is taking care of kitty.

  No rain and nice temps so far.