“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.
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.
While many of us have extra home time, it’s a good time to play some games, here are a few game designs with a few of our pictures. Please click on each image to learn more about it. Thank you.
My wife and I have been married almost 36 years. My wife just finished (and published on Amazon) her first E-Book. It’s called “Reflections” and it’s a book about thinking about life, what God offers to us and what we offer back to Him. It is wrote from a Christian woman’s viewpoint.
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.
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.
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:
Also we wrote a brief article awhile back on some of the ships, published in May 2018.