Conway Railroad NH

A few years ago we were in the Eastern states on a road trip from NY to maine back to NY. While traveling thru NH we made plans to ride the Conway railroad. It was during the fall colors. There are different lengths of trips, depending if you want a scenic trip or if you want to take a train trip from one place to another. It would have been nice had we more time for a longer trip, but I believe we took about a three or so, hour-long round trip. I would recommend this if you’re in that part of the country.

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Totem poles near and in Ketchikan Alaska

My wife and I have lived in Alaska since 2000, we have lived in the SE part of the state in Ketchikan since 2008. Ketchikan has a large amount of totem poles. As a photographer I have enjoyed taking pictures of many of them. We recently compiled some of our pictures and placed them in both in a E-Book as well as in a hard copy. The book can be found on Amazon. If you like totem poles or are curious about them, please check it out. Thank you.

A Hawaiin E-Book

We are fortunate to have another of our books published on Amazon. Its a E-Book, we are still working on paper editions. My wife and I have traveled to HI several times while living in Alaska. These are some of our memories and pictures.  You can download a free preview of it on Amazon. Hope you enjoy, if you do please consider leaving a review of it. Thank you.

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.