Misty Fiords National Monument

In SE Alaska about 40 miles East from the city of Ketchikan is Misty Fjords National Monument. It is the second largest wilderness area in the U.S.A. and is composed of 2,294,343 acres. You can either get there by boat, floatplane or a combination of both. Tours usually start about $200 a person, though if you plan ahead and contact the Ketchikan visitors bureau they may have deals going on that they might suggest. Misty Fjords has 3000 foot granite walls straight up out of the ocean. It has long waterfalls. On the trip one can often see whales, mountain goats, deer, eagles and much more.

On the way there is a good chance of seeing Eddystone which is roughly the entrance to Misty Fjords.

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Some float plane tours land at the bottom of the granite walls and you can get out onto the plane’s floats, if you choose. If you take a plane, one word of advice, try not to look too much into your cameras viewfinder, as things zip by, or you may be leaving your lunch with the other passengers. Very beautiful, and is highly recommended if you make it to Ketchikan on a cruise or a vacation.

Kids like Ketchikan video

This is my second entry into the 2018 Ketchikan Film Festival. This one is more directed toward kids and has a few simple animations talking about the local area. The Film Festival will be judged on 8/24/18. For the animations I used the “Crazy Talk” program.

https://filmfreeway.com/KidslikeKetchikan

Butterfly pavilion near Denver.

The pavilion is actually located in Westminister CO. We have gone there a few times. Lost of butterfly’s floating and flying around. It is very very warm inside, so best not to go in the middle of summer.

I don’t remember how many different types of butterflies and moths they have, but it was worth the time and trip. If your trying to take pictures, my suggestion would use a burst mode if your camera allows it and also a fast speed. Some butterflies can be seen relaxing on various plants, others seem none stop and always on the move. Kids of all ages really seemed to have fun there. If your in CO and have a little spare time I would recommend this for the family.

I believe they are open every day. To contact them visit there web site at:

https://www.butterflies.org/

Churches

During some of our travels, I have photographed some various churches. Church buildings are a lot like people, there are big ones and small ones, plain ones and overly decorated ones. Some are empty on the inside, others are full of life. Some are hard to find, others a person can’t miss.

Churches are made by man but can have a presence of God. People are created by God and can display HIs presence. If you are empty on  the inside as some of these churches were, stop by a church and talk with someone. Life is too short to have a void on the inside but look good on the outside.

Ketchikan Film Festival

Hello, Ketchikan has many artist and photographers. recently they decided to conduct a search of creative videos/films that display Ketchikan. This is my first entry. Hope you like it. Some on the entries will be shown downtown at the Discovery Center on Friday Aug. 24th of this year.

https://filmfreeway.com/TheworldofKetchikan

 

The Sound of Music

While traveling along the Eastern part of the U.S. of A. I heard about a place that I knew my wife would love to visit. It is located in Stowe Vermont. It is the Trappp Family lodge. This was the family that was portrayed in “The Sound of Music” movie many years ago.

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One of many signs along the way

I had scheduled dinner reservations ahead of time. The food was wonderful, the atmosphere was very relaxing and very beautiful. There was a gentleman that was playing the piano and selling some of his cd’s, he was a very talented individual. We also went on a wagon ride of the property which was relaxing.

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The wagon ride.

We went during the fall (Early Oct.) so the trees were all very nice and bright.

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The Lodge

We did not stay the night there, as we had other travel plans, but many people were. If your travels take you through Vermont I would recommend this place to visit, especially if you or someone who your traveling with enjoys that movie.