Sunday, June 26, 2016

Take me to Fairbanks, again

A few weeks ago I made it back to Fairbanks. I love just driving around and finding something new to me and do some photography,
 Here, the Tanana Chief looks like she's having some issues. I don't know what's going on, but I hope they get it figured out.
 I hooked up with my photography friend Colleen. She always has a few neat places to go up her sleeve.
 This little pond off of Sheep Creek always has a few interesting birds, plants or scenery going on. There's heavy traffic real close, but it don't seem to run the birds off.
 The University of Alaska in Fairbanks, Georgeson Botanical Garden is a hidden jewel.
 Though we were there early in the season, there are many different plants in bloom.
 In all shapes...
 and colors
 There's even a fun section for kids.
Kids of all ages. Thanks Colleen and thank you Fairbanks.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Last Kodiak post for now

This hike was actually on my second day in Kodiak. As before, I had an excellent tour guide with Robin. It sure is a beautiful Island. I was very lucky with the weather being as beautiful as it was. It's well known for its rainy days.
This is a photo of the airport.. One of the only two ways to get here, air or sea.
 The boat harbor where the pictures from the previous post were taken.
 Downtown Kodiak. It's small but it's a really neat place to check out.
 I believe Robin says the island gets about 18% of its power from these turbines.
 This was actually taken in the boat harbor with the turbines in the background. Gives you an idea on how huge they are.
I can't thank Robin enough for her hospitality. I feel she went well beyond what she needed to but I am so grateful she did. The reception from all the people I visited with sure made the trip all worth while and a whole lot of fun.
 
If you're thinking of going to Kodiak, visit Discover Kodiak. You won't be sorry.

If you like to see all of my Kodiak trip photos, click herehttps://davedorsey.smugmug.com/Travel/Kodiak-2016
 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Back to Kodiak

Kodiak is the second largest island in the U.S., second only to Hawaii. It's one of the largest fishing ports in the U.S. and the largest in Alaska.
 
At least we're back at the boat harbor via photography anyways. I love walking the docks and looking at the boats. No, I don't want to work on the boats, but I do respect those that do.
 I wonder at their names and how they got their inspiration to name them what they do.
 Most boats were still in dock, some in dry dock doing repairs, cleaning up, painting and stocking up. Irene H might have been on a test run or picking up supplies across the bay.
Alaska Department of Public Safety, Division of Wildlife TroopersMarine Enforcement Section vessel P/V Stimson moved to Kodiak earlier this year from Unalaska. It's a 150 foot patrol vessel and is surely impressive. It's the largest in their fleet.
 Peggy Jo was going out while we were there.
 They built these artificial islands in the harbor to keep these sea lions off the docks.
 I can see trying to tip toe past these guys.
 There was all types of work going on in preparation for the upcoming fishing season.
 
 I noticed a lot of the boats had four legged deckhands.
 The weather was awesome, not too hot, not too cool.
 I don't know this deckhands name, but he reminded me of Petie on Little Rascals.
 Looking at this boat in dry dock, you cam see how much is below the waterline when it's in the water.
 The small boat harbor
 Irene H was docked and quiet by the time we made it to where she was. If you recall, she was headed into the harbor at the top of the post.
 Another four legged deckhand.
  Another four legged deckhand.
 This is as much I could get of the boat harbor in one shot. It's pretty big. Awesome tour, everyone said hi or started a conversation.
Robin brought me here before taking me to the airport. Good food, good beer and good company. Thanks again Robin for your hospitality.