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Fall Photo Montage: PNW & Kenai Peninsula

Updated on November 22, 2016
Not a fall scene that I'm familiar with, but I am thinking it could make a nice Christmas card!
Not a fall scene that I'm familiar with, but I am thinking it could make a nice Christmas card! | Source

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:

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How late does the sun come up again?A clear day in Anchorage this time of year?If I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and say, "Granddaughters, granddaughters, granddaughters..." throughout the flight I might make it.Okay, it's smaller than it looks.Beautiful, but I'm glad we're driving back to Anchorage.All for a cookie as big as her head!And some beautiful scenery--can you spot Mt. Redoubt in the center of this photo?Redoubt's range is disappearing, a light dusting of snow has already swept through.Blanketed, with more coming!And the light begins to do odd things...
How late does the sun come up again?
How late does the sun come up again? | Source
A clear day in Anchorage this time of year?
A clear day in Anchorage this time of year? | Source
If I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and say, "Granddaughters, granddaughters, granddaughters..." throughout the flight I might make it.
If I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and say, "Granddaughters, granddaughters, granddaughters..." throughout the flight I might make it. | Source
Okay, it's smaller than it looks.
Okay, it's smaller than it looks. | Source
Beautiful, but I'm glad we're driving back to Anchorage.
Beautiful, but I'm glad we're driving back to Anchorage. | Source
All for a cookie as big as her head!
All for a cookie as big as her head! | Source
And some beautiful scenery--can you spot Mt. Redoubt in the center of this photo?
And some beautiful scenery--can you spot Mt. Redoubt in the center of this photo? | Source
Redoubt's range is disappearing, a light dusting of snow has already swept through.
Redoubt's range is disappearing, a light dusting of snow has already swept through. | Source
Blanketed, with more coming!
Blanketed, with more coming! | Source
And the light begins to do odd things...
And the light begins to do odd things... | Source

Nothing Compares to Grands!

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Newest member of the clan.  :)EM and Grandmama broke in a new art smock and painted fall pumpkins as the Alaskan sky changed.Little hands one month shy of 2 years old, working hard to do a careful job!Patient and focused, her amazing diligence produced a fun work of art.Hugs and kisses at Build a Bear.Oh the sights a babe and Grandmama can see while waiting at the Apple Store!While Occupy Seattle gathered to rage outside, CW and Grandmama enjoyed the Children's Museum.T shows Grandmama his favorite book.Precious moments.T may be ambidextrous!
Newest member of the clan.  :)
Newest member of the clan. :) | Source
EM and Grandmama broke in a new art smock and painted fall pumpkins as the Alaskan sky changed.
EM and Grandmama broke in a new art smock and painted fall pumpkins as the Alaskan sky changed. | Source
Little hands one month shy of 2 years old, working hard to do a careful job!
Little hands one month shy of 2 years old, working hard to do a careful job! | Source
Patient and focused, her amazing diligence produced a fun work of art.
Patient and focused, her amazing diligence produced a fun work of art. | Source
Hugs and kisses at Build a Bear.
Hugs and kisses at Build a Bear. | Source
Oh the sights a babe and Grandmama can see while waiting at the Apple Store!
Oh the sights a babe and Grandmama can see while waiting at the Apple Store! | Source
While Occupy Seattle gathered to rage outside, CW and Grandmama enjoyed the Children's Museum.
While Occupy Seattle gathered to rage outside, CW and Grandmama enjoyed the Children's Museum. | Source
T shows Grandmama his favorite book.
T shows Grandmama his favorite book. | Source
Precious moments.
Precious moments. | Source
T may be ambidextrous!
T may be ambidextrous! | Source

Do You Know What Color Cold Is?

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This, friends, is the color of cold.  The color of a river freezing over, the color of snow moving in.It is the color of nature bending to weather.It is the color of more cold coming.The cold highlights how quickly Alaska's landscape changes.The cold dropping in for a long visit.Like a frozen ballet, elegant trees dance in the wind.Ancient rock going dormant as the snow moves in.Where do sky and mountains meet?Bravely standing their ground, ready to bear the coming storm.
This, friends, is the color of cold.
This, friends, is the color of cold. | Source
The color of a river freezing over, the color of snow moving in.
The color of a river freezing over, the color of snow moving in. | Source
It is the color of nature bending to weather.
It is the color of nature bending to weather. | Source
It is the color of more cold coming.
It is the color of more cold coming. | Source
The cold highlights how quickly Alaska's landscape changes.
The cold highlights how quickly Alaska's landscape changes. | Source
The cold dropping in for a long visit.
The cold dropping in for a long visit. | Source
Like a frozen ballet, elegant trees dance in the wind.
Like a frozen ballet, elegant trees dance in the wind. | Source
Ancient rock going dormant as the snow moves in.
Ancient rock going dormant as the snow moves in. | Source
Where do sky and mountains meet?
Where do sky and mountains meet? | Source
Bravely standing their ground, ready to bear the coming storm.
Bravely standing their ground, ready to bear the coming storm. | Source

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!

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Yellows...Oranges...Lush color mixed with greens was a glorious sight.I didn't quite make it to the mountains.My camera caught them, though.
Yellows...
Yellows... | Source
Oranges...
Oranges... | Source
Lush color mixed with greens was a glorious sight.
Lush color mixed with greens was a glorious sight. | Source
I didn't quite make it to the mountains.
I didn't quite make it to the mountains. | Source
My camera caught them, though.
My camera caught them, though. | Source


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:

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See you another day.Traffic, traffic, everywhere,Sometimes I could only sit and stare.Blue sky, blue heart.  Thankful for video chat, though.
See you another day.
See you another day. | Source
Source
Traffic, traffic, everywhere,
Traffic, traffic, everywhere, | Source
Sometimes I could only sit and stare.
Sometimes I could only sit and stare. | Source
Blue sky, blue heart.  Thankful for video chat, though.
Blue sky, blue heart. Thankful for video chat, though. | Source

Oh yes...


I also remembered a lesson I learned long ago–Shakespeare was an idiot.

There is nothing sweet about the sorrow of parting.


From the SE to the PNW and Back Again

Classic Kenai:

Lovely Seattle Area:

Flight Attendant's Information:

Did You Get To Travel This Fall?

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      RTalloni 12 months ago from the short journey

      AliciaC:

      Thank you! Yes, travel is always interesting, for sure, and enjoyable no matter what if my destination is the grands. :) I hope you get to visit Alaska, too, for it is unforgettable. It's a place of contrasts.

      When everything seems calm there is this strong sense that anything could happen at any moment (and I promise it's not just the grands). Long days/nights, or short days/nights, but not much in betwixt.

      Everyday stuff and such goes on amid an amazing place filled with amazing sights. Want to see a moose peeking in the picture window, sure! A caribou guiding a baby across the raging Kenai? Be patient. Frogs that freeze in place for the winter? Ho hum. Crazy little mushrooms that look like they are from a fairytale? Yep. You would love it!

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      Linda Crampton 12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the photos of the scenery and of your grandchildren, RTalloni. It sounds like you had an interesting and enjoyable trip. I hope very much that I'm able to visit Alaska one day. It looks like a wonderful place to explore!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Anna Haven:

      It really is a stunning place. Words nor photos do it justice so I hope you do get to see it sometime.

      Thanks much for coming by and for leaving your feedback!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      What a fantastic trip. Your granddaughter is beautiful and your photos were great. I have always wanted to see Alaska. It looks stunning.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      theraggededge:

      Thank you, both for stopping in and for letting me know you enjoyed the different aspects of this hub. Travel always provides experiences to write about, but when there's a special reason, well… :)

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      Bev 5 years ago from Wales

      Magnificent and heartwarming at the same time. Beautiful photos. Your love for your grandchildren shines through your words.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      kschimmel:

      So glad you enjoyed them. Alaska is definitely worth visiting. There are so many different experiences to enjoy and the people are a real pleasure to meet and get to know.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Beautiful pictures! Alaska is one place I really want to go some day.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Om Paramapoonya:

      So glad you enjoyed this hub--thank you for letting me know!

      It's nice that nothing can really rain on the parade when grandchildren are involved. ;)

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Glad you had a great time with your grandchildren, despite some nuisances along the way. I really like the photos of snowy mountains and trees. So beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing this. It was a fun read! :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Millionaire Tips:

      Yes, those cold photos are nice when sitting by a fire! :) Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed them! It was an interesting trip, but the highlight was the grands, without a doubt!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Millionaire Tips:

      Yes, those cold photos are nice when sitting by a fire! :) Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed them! It was an interesting trip, but the highlight was the grands, without a doubt!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      oceansnsunsets:

      So glad you enjoyed the photos--thanks much for letting me know!

      Travel is always interesting. There is a lot to learn about in this world!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      These are gorgeous photos, and I really enjoyed seeing them in the warmth comfort of my home. How wonderful that you got to see your grand-babies. Sounds like quite the adventure.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thanks for the travel tour and photos. I love seeing places like this that I have never seen before. I can tell you love those grandbabies! Sorry you had to encounter the tougher things too, like the protesters and saying bye, etc. Thanks for sharing.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      Thanks much--glad you enjoyed the photos. So many interesting things can happen when traveling!

      My grand babies are precious. :) Mmmm...my heart! How thankful I am to be able to pray for them!

      Greatly appreciate your visit and comments--thanks again.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a great sounding trip all except for the occupy wall street crowds and how they were impacting the city. Really enjoyed your photos. Your grandchildren are so cute! Bet that they miss you when you have to leave to go back home as much as you miss them.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Nell Rose:

      Hello! And thanks so much. How precious those hugs are!

      Probably the only nice thing in having them live so far away is that they live in great places to visit, especially if one likes the beauty of nature. Would I trade having them live closer for never visiting those places? Yes sir-eeee-billy-bob, in a skinny minute I would. But I've lived long enough to know not to throw the baby out with the bath water, so I enjoy what can be enjoyed in the trips. Traveling is always interesting--people along the way are always intriguing.

      Thank you kindly for dropping in-so appreciate your visit!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, I loved your beautiful photos, if hugs could be packaged you would have a mountain of them by now! lovely! and what a great trip, from one season to another in the space of a few days, loved it! thanks!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      anglnwu:

      These grandchildren are such treasures--I'm so thankful to be able to pray for them every day! So glad you enjoyed the photos. We do live in an amazing world, don't we? :)

      It is good to hear from you--thanks very much for coming by!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      anglnwu:

      These grandchildren are such treasures--I'm so thankful to be able to pray for them every day! So glad you enjoyed the photos. We do live in an amazing world, don't we? :)

      It is good to hear from you--thanks very much for coming by!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      thougtforce:

      The changing season is so different in the pacific northwest from here in the southeast. It really is neat to see it and I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. You are one who would know the color of that sort of cold! :)

      It's so encouraging to get comments that let us know our hubs are successful. I appreciate that you came by and let me hear from you!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      NotTooTall:

      So glad you enjoyed reading about this trip, and thanks bunches for letting me know you stopped in.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Movie Master:

      Thank you very much! Nothing quite like children and grandchildren to swell the heart, is there?

      So appreciate your visit and input!

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      YOur granddaughter is adorable--what joy she must bring to you. Love the beautiful pictures--the world is such a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing and rated up.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Thanks for sharing your journey and this fantastic place! The family photos are lovely and the photo of the nature gives a real picture of the seasonal changes. You have captured the color of cold very well, I can feel it, while I watch your photos!

      voted up,

      Tina

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      NotTooTall 5 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

      I enjoyed reading your Hub very much!

      Wonderful photography!

      N T T

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      A wonderful article and great read, fabulous photos and the new addition to the family is adorable, I got quite choked looking at the family photos.

      Thank you for sharing and voting up, best wishes MM

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      gogogo:

      Thank you--glad you enjoyed these photos from the PNW. Appreciate your visit very much, and that you let me hear from you, too!

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      gogogo 5 years ago

      great article, I vote awesome