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Fall Photo Montage: PNW & Kenai Peninsula
Fall Photos of PNW, Including the Kenai Peninsula
This fall I once again traveled to the Pacific Northwest through Seattle, on up to Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. I’ve been privileged to see those areas at different times of the year, and the beauty of this late season trip was no exception.
The weather was fairly stable when I started out, but by the end of the trip the sky and air changed drastically. It was a great delight to take my first granddaughter outside and see the snowfall through her 23-month-old eyes.
“What dat? What dat?” she asked over and over again. She did not mind the cold and it was hysterical to see a little icicle form off her tiny chin from her drooly mouth. Her amazement at it was too much.
Then I was able to video her first snowball fight with her daddy and mommy when they came home while we were out in the snow--what marvelous fun! Everything's new to a babe that age--a wonder and a treasure. So many stories I could share. :)
With another set of grandchildren back in Seattle a heavy rain moved into our area from an unexpected (at least to me) direction. Nightfall found me outdoors with my little grandson. We had a grand time running up and down sidewalks through puddles while I held on to him and an umbrella as we looked for an open door to an unfamiliar building.
It was a fun end to a beautiful day with little ones in spite of the rain. Nothing could dampen my spirits when I'm with them! The PNW was amazing even though it was late fall, but oh those children...
First Day Inside:Click thumbnail to view full-size
Nothing Compares to Grands!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Do You Know What Color Cold Is?Click thumbnail to view full-size
Things I Learned On This Trip:
Flying Southwest Airlines for the first time was a treat, except for one issue at the beginning of my trip. In Seattle, I was forced out of the security area, had to pick up my bag and then go back through security in order to board my Alaska Airlines flight.
Not fun, and the clerk at the desk told me that it was because airports don't play nice with Southwest. That was not something I was informed of prior to the trip, but I liked Southwest's way of doing business. I learned what works for me within their setup and was pleased with flights.
I missed my scheduled flight to Anchorage thanks to the policy at the airport, and therefore missed the last hopper flight out of Anchorage to Kenai that night. That meant a last minute room at the Millennium Hotel for the night
The upside of going on to Kenai the next morning is that I got to see the pilot's face before boarding the hopper, saw some great scenery, and I was refreshed from a night's sleep to meet my newest grand baby.
I learned that there's a reason everyone else wore their heavy coats onto the hopper plane. There is no climate control in those tinker toys. I might have frozen to death if I had taken one of the single seats instead of going to the very back of the plane with two seat mates.
I learned how quickly the weather can change in Alaska. Really fast is the answer. The last 3 photos in the First Day Inside montage are a matter of a few hours. They do not do justice to how drastically the sky metamorphosed, nor to how its frigid air spoke, "I am here to stay awhile."
I learned that the protestors, or whatever they are called, for the Occupy Wall Street group in Seattle are a selfish (and worse) lot of people. Perhaps I should have listened to the news, but not expecting to encounter them at all I was stunned to see the ugliness first hand.
For instance, some of them brought their dogs and allowed them to use the sidewalks for bathrooms. What an awful, awful stink in a beautiful place, and poor people going about their work or shopping were sickened to find themselves walking in it.
The OWS people I saw were a rough bunch and it surprised me that they could understand what Wall Street is. I would have liked to ask them some questions and taken some pictures, but my arms were full of grandchildren and my main concern was to get them out of the area fast.
Then, the area around the Children's Museum seemed to be a stop off for the same kind of people. It seemed logical that the Children's Museum was nearly empty. If I had known, I would have taken my grand children elsewhere.
Seattle Had Color!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Well, a beautiful fall is winding down here at home in the Southeast, but I have my photos to remind me of the beauty (even the harsh beauty) and the fun times in the northern end of our pacific coast. Hope you enjoy a vicarious mental vacation via these photos! (Don't miss the ones below this group.)
Goodbye PNW:Click thumbnail to view full-size
I also remembered a lesson I learned long ago–Shakespeare was an idiot.
There is nothing sweet about the sorrow of parting.