Our newest ebook is ready

So living in a tourist town, Ketchikan Alaska, we receive many cruise ships almost every day from May until September. As a local photographer we have amassed many hundreds of pictures of cruise ships coming and leaving the area. So we created a ebook on some of them. This book displays pictures of over 25 ships, and provides some info on each ship. It’s on Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.com/Cruise-Ships-Through-Ketchikan-Alaska-ebook/dp/B07V7H8SV7/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Steve+Speights&qid=1563303633&s=gateway&sr=8-3

Also we wrote a brief article awhile back on some of the ships, published in May 2018.

Alaska Veterans Memorial

A few weeks ago, my wife and I were in Anchorage for a week of misc. appointments. One day we decided to drive up to Denali state park (About a 3.5 to 4 hour drive each way). On the way back we stopped at this memorial that we saw when we were driving up there. DSC03566

As you can see there was still snow on the ground and the place didn’t have any other visitors. I walked thru the snow, a few places almost waist deep, but the end result was well worth it. Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day that we reflect on those that gave their lives to make this country great. Please read each of the inscriptions on the walls. Some are more weathered then others. If you are in Alaska and have some time, if you are driving to Denali State park, I suggest stopping by here and seeing this memorial for yourselves.

Army

Marine

Navy

Air Force

Coast Guard

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Thank the veterans of the USA.

Anchorage Alaska

When someone mentions “Anchorage”, what thoughts go through your mind? Cold? Dark? Depressing? Igloos? Eskimos? Dog sleds? We just spent a week there, as we had some appointments that we needed to take care of. This was not our first time there, We have visited Alaska’s largest city many times over the past 19 years. For the most part, Anchorage is like many cities in the lower 48 states. It has fast food, it has some crime, it has some places that aren’t the best to travel after dark or alone. But it has so much more. Yes it receives snow some during the winters. In fact it snowed off and on for two days while we were there. They do not have 6 months of darkness, in fact there is no where in Alaska, that is true. Yes they have extended daylight in spring and summer, and decreased sunlight during  the fall and winter. They have beautiful sunsets, if you know where to look. This was before sunset

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This was as the sun was setting.

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Anchorage has a lot to offer, during any season of the year. It is the hub of Alaska and many flights start or end there. It’s the city that is most visited when someone talks of Alaska. It is not Alaska’s capital, Juneau is, which is in the SE part of the state. If your travels give you the chance to spend time or visit Anchorage, take it, it’s a place on many people’s bucket lists.

Like to travel?

Have you ever stopped at a gas station and ask “if they knew a good place near by to eat?”. Have you ever been to a city and had time but nothing to do? We just spent a week in Anchorage Alaska, we had a few appointments that we needed to take care of. While there we stayed in a hotel, ate our meals out everyday. This is my plug for “trip advisor”. We have contributed info on places we stayed, visited, liked and didn’t like. You know what, many people have read our reviews and some said they helped. So I just finished some of the reviews this last week. To see what we thought of Anchorage or where we went, please conduct a search on “trip advisor” for scspeights. You’ll see some recents and some older reviews. Reviews from Washington DC, Washington, Colorado And California. My point is, people enjoy going places other have enjoyed. People like to eat at places that provide good service and food. So if you have never been a critic, take a trip then leave a review. Or you can start out by critiquing places in your hometown or neighborhood.

Two minute tour of Ketchikan Alaska

Someone recently asked me to make a short video about Ketchikan Alaska about a minute or two. This is what I came up with. Hope you like it and feel like visiting SE Alaska sometime.

Some new products

Recently we have created some more nature products at our zazzle store, here are a few of them:

please check out our other nature products as well as stuff from Alaska at http://www.zazzle.com/ketchikanart

A mug shot

Did you ever have a mug shot? What does that mean anyway? Well for me, I am a photographer and when I take pictures its called shooting. So here are some mugs that I created and I shot some pictures of them. They do make great gifts, birthday or Christmas or just for your favorite someone. Hope you like them.

For other designs or other items that I’ve created please check out: zazzle.com/KetchikanArt