“Tourist” is not a bad word. It can be said, at times, so that it does sound like a a bad word. “look at how they are driving, they must be a tourist”, “That person has a few cameras, they must be a tourist”. “Tourists, should go home and leave our town/city/state alone”. Traveling is and can be fun. Being a tourist can be exciting and fun also. AS a tourist, I have hiked, snuba dived, in the Bahamas, explored caves and caravans in Mexico, I have zip lined, Used a wave runner in the Bahamas, Explored volcanoes in Hawaii, took a tour of Puerto Rico, took another tour in Mexico, walked the beach in Haiti, walked the beaches in Hawaii, traveled across the international date line, took many of pictures, and spent money in each and every community we visited. Tourism can help states, countries, and the local economy. Yes it can also hurt the same, it can destroy nature, it can cause many of headaches. Living in a tourist area, I have seen both good and bad. Every where my wife and I go, we are always telling those that we meet that we are from Alaska. Often it will open a chance for people that have not been to Alaska to ask questions. Sometimes we share some of the lies and misconceptions about our area (Ketchikan). Alaska is on many peoples bucket list. We are proud that we have had a chance to live here. We enjoy being a traveler, a tourist, but we also enjoy being an ambassador for Alaska. There often is a energy and excitement when people travel. Our advice to those we encounter is just to make it happen, don’t continually put it off. No one is promised tomorrow. As I told our granddaughter the other day, today is a gift, that’s whys its called the present. Don’t let fear still your dreams, your things on your bucket list.
We live in the SE part of Alaska. Often we do not have too bad of winters here, often it may snow a few times during the winter, then the snow melts after a few days or is washed away by rain and warmer temps. That’s a normal winter for us. Well the other day at our house we received over two feet of snow over night, for us, that was a lot. Then I started to think about snow. I’m sure if one did research I’m sure that someone somewhere figured out the weight of a single snowflake. The actual value really isn’t that important for what I feel I need to share today with you. I have seen trees that have had their branches broken off because of the weight of the snow accumulation upon them. I have heard of roofs caving in due to the excess weight of the snow accumulation. Heavy snow falls have caused major accidents and has caused many deaths as well. As I was wondering about a single snow flake,
God spoke to my spirit and shared that just as damaged can be cause by the accumulation of snow, we can harm ourselves as we allow the cares of this world to bring us down, to over tax our lives. Stresses, worries, finances, health concerns, aging parents, family, jobs, car troubles all add to our well being. Little by little they accumulate just like single snowflakes do, they can burden us down until we feel that we have no way out, a place of no escape. DON’T Listen to these LIES, you are of value, as each person is. Talk with someone, a friend, a pastor, a parent, a teacher, a coworker, a family member. Don’t allow the weight of the “snow” in your life to break you,or to pile up and cause you a major avalanche in your well being.
Living in SE Alaska can be challenging at times, many places wont’t ship their products to Alaska without charging lots for shipping. We do have a hospital in Ketchikan, but for major things it’s often better either to fly toSeattle (1 hr 40 min) or to fly to Anchorage (about a 5 hr flt). The other day my wife said that she was having trouble with one of her eyes, so I called the local eye clinic, explained that she had a area of blackness in her sight of one eye. They wanted her in to the clinic instantly. About a half hr later we were there, they did an exam and said that she had a tear in her retina and needed emergency surgery or would loose vision in that eye. A friend at our church made a phone call to her friend and explained the situation, turns out that our friend’s friend also went to church and believed in the same Bible that we do. This friends friend picked us up in Anchorage at the airport, took us to my wife’s eye exam appointment, her and her husband opened their house to us, as if we had been friends all our lives. My wife’s surgery was scheduled a few days later as they didn’t do surgery over the weekend. The husband of my wife’s friend friend took us to the surgery place today. I am writing this from the surgery waiting room, as my wife is in surgery now. It has been said that you don’t know what you don’t know, which is true, but I would like to change it, you don’t know your friends friends often, but when you have a chance they can be a true answer to prayers and the strength and blessing that you may need in times of distress, times of trials and troubles. I also believe maybe when FB started that’s why it would recommend your friends friend as a possible friend to you. If you get a change meet some of your friends friends expand your people circle, there are many good people out there.
Have you ever been to a real feast, where there was more food then there was time to consume it? If you believe in the bible, then one day we will feast with Jesus. He said that where he went, He went to prepare a place for us. There is a Christian song that talks about God’s love and having us at His table. That song kept resonating in my mind and in my heart. I started a animation with that concept. It’s not finished, need lots more food and more people, but its a start. I used DAZ 3D, IClone, Character Creator Premier Pro to help with creating it.
The word “Rapture” does not appear in the Bible. What is it? many online sites define it as “Jesus Christ appearing in the sky calling all of His believers to Heaven”. I made 1 picture about 5 years ago, but, believe it or not I couldn’t really find a picture of Jesus, that I could use. So since I have recently got into 3-D modeling I decided I needed to make a better image of Jesus instead of using the Brazil statue of Him. So here are the two scenes that I created, using Photoshop, DAZ 3-D and Digital Juice.
So a while back we had our portfolio on Zenfolilo, that cost over $100 a year, since our return on that was almost non existent, we cancelled that. since then we have displayed some of our pictures on Instagram, here is the link to it. If your looking for pictures of cruise ships, Alaska sunrise or sunsets, totem poles, eagles, black bears, or some travel pictures let us know. Trying to make it so that people can order digital copies of our pictures, without the watermarks, to use as they see fit or just to print and display.
So I’ve been using some spare time to start creating some shirt designs and after months of waiting, was finally able to be approved to start to market them on Amazon, by using their “Merch on Amazon” site. If you have plans on trying this yourself, be forewarned that it usually takes a few months to be approved. So here are the designs that we’ve come up with so far.