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.
Living in a tourist destination, we encounter yachts all the time, some time they are the mega yachts that the true top of the top travel in. Usually we only receive one of these visitors every few years, but when their here they are the talk of the town. Many people try to get the first pictures then share them in a FB page or group. Others post the where about sand track the yachts destination to destination. Still others try to find out the owner by searching for “M/V” then the yachts name. There are several sites out there for these traveling palaces, many show pictures of the inside of the ship. Pictured above is the mega yacht “A”.
M/V Ice Bear
Some mega yachts can be sail boats also, like the one above.
There are several small villages through-out remote Alaska most people never see nor visit if they make it to Alaska. Mountain Village is one of them. Last count of population was about 813. The village is located on the Yukon river near the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The village is mostly Yupik Eskimo. The people are very friendly and out going. We lived there for a year. There is one road that connects to St. Marys, another village about 18 miles away. The local rely on fish a lot so most have fish camps where they dry the fish.
The winter sunrises are incredible there.
Fireweed is used for many purposes including jam.
And being on the Yukon winter breakup is also something noteworthy.
There are several Youtube videos showing this place and some of the people there. The only way to get there is to fly a bigger plane from Anchorage to Bethel then a small plane from there. Unless you live in the area then you can get there by boat during the summer or by snow machine (snowmobile) or 4 wheeler during the winter.
In our travels, a few years ago, we went to Saratoga Springs in New York and stayed a few days. We had never been there before. Saratoga Springs is wildly known for its mineral springs all over he town.
And for it’s famous horse racing.
Near the horse racing track are some old big mansions that were very photo worthy.
There were many many more interesting and incredible places to view and see there. I don’t know if we will ever make it back there, but we enjoyed our time there and would recommend visiting there if you get a chance.
So living in a tourist is nice in some ways, and not so in others. If you take an Alaskan inside passage cruise usually Ketchikan is one of your stops, either your first stop if your going North or your last if your going South. I made a DVD a few years ago, because it was something I really wanted to do. The DVD, “A day in Ketchikan”, displays several of the local sites and places to go. I sold some at a yearly craft fair called the Blueberry Festival. Others I sold in a few of the local shops for up to $15 each. Below are a few of the sections from it, one about bears and the other about eagles. Both contain some pictures that I took here. I just uploaded a digital cop of the DVD for only $4.99. If your interested please click the link below. Thank you.
Well after months of work, my first E-Book is complete. It’s called “Steve’s Book of Birds Vol 1” and it contains over 50 types of birds. Some of the birds are from Alaska, some are from our travels to other states; HI, GA, CA, WA and other places.
There is such a variety of birds, though I’m not a ornithologist (Person who studies birds) I do enjoy taking pictures of them. Hope you enjoy this book also. The book is $3.99 and it’s available on Amazon to download.
Arlington National Cementary…Most Americans know the name, so few have actually been there. My wife and I went there a few years ago, I had no idea how huge it really was. Me trying to be cheap and save a few bucks decided against the tour (and tour bus) and figured we could walk it. If you ever go TAKE THE BUS ! We walked and walked and walked. It’s not a flat place either, it is all very hilly.
Of course if you do go there you also must stay for the changing of the guard and also President JFK’s memorial, both could bring a tear to one’s eyes.
This Memorial day take a visit to one of our nation’s National cemetaries if you can, if not then find a family that has lost someone while serving in the military and thank them.