Saturday, August 20, 2016

Walking on the beach-

Thursday was a relief from the clouds and rain we have had enfolding us here on the Kenai. I was able to get mom to bring Obie to Arness Dock for a short visit. She enjoyed it more than her dog! We got to watch tugs dock and head back out in the Inlet, picked up rocks, and relished being in the sunshine. 

 I even dipped the toes of one foot in the water. It wasn't cold, but my tender tootsie didn't like the rounded stones underneath.

 This is one of my favorite views. Someday, I am going to walk down there. Yeah, I've never done it! Crazy, huh?

August Sunset

After being at Arness Dock earlier, I knew it would be perfect to go back for the sunset. I arrived after 7, so I knew it would be a bit of a wait. It was worth it. 


I'm always impressed by the sun on the mountains. This Thursday night in August was as amazing as usual. I took a lot more, but didn't want to overwhelm anyone with Alaskan gold.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Of Moose and Mallards

I was really hoping this wasn't the best moose photo I'd get this  year-She was posed nicely and an ATV full of dogs drove past (really, the back of the rig had a St. Bernard and two goldens in it!!). Their barking scared her off. 
 I decided to go see if she was around. I was very cautious, I did grow up here! This cool tree intrigued me. You can see arms emanating from the trunk reaching out for something.
 I got off the 'old pipeline' and looked up to Traxinger's driveway and saw her standing there watching me! I got just a bit closer and she wandered off into the trees.
 This was as close as I wanted to get to her! She was pretty calm and VERY large!
 OK, not a mallard. This is a young goldeneye. I was amazed at how close I got to it with the kayak.
 The mallards hang out in the lily pads. This year the pads are in a funny shape, you can't go around them. Going thru them was fun, but I startled the poor ducks. You can see them camouflaged in the pads.
 At the other end of the lake, I found a few more. I was able to get super close to them before they took off. Their flight feathers are almost all in place. Soon, they will be heading off to warmer lakes.

I'm always fascinated by the enchanting beauty this place harbors. Incredibly grateful to be here!

Angels Among Us

Posts about the driveway are almost at an end. There are still things which need done, but the largest bit has been smoothed over by angels. Three of mom's neighbor's. Boys from across the lake who spent at least 5 hours in two days using rakes, shovels, and clippers to make things beautiful again. I was pretty worn out, then I realised something. I am  more than the age of all 3 of these kids combined!!! 
I'll let the pictures tell their story. 

 Janet was able to find some tires for me. The boys helped to put them around the tiny pipes left by the men who put in the septic and drain field. I need a LOT more orange spray paint and a couple more flagging markers to keep folks from running into them. I'm super impressed with how nice it looks.
The excavation of mom's wood pile  has been interesting. When we get the downed trees cut up and an area set up to chop and store the logs before putting it in her small shanty for wood, then we can scatter the fireweed and wildflower seeds. It will be even more lovely next summer!
 On my walk afterwards, I found two heart rocks. I should have found three. One for each of the amazing angels who worked in our yard. I am truly thankful and blessed by people around us who reach out with hands to help when we don't expect it.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sticks and Stones and a Sunset

The breeze was fairly strong, yet the sun was at such an angle, I reckon you'll have to imagine the Big Dipper on the state flag! It was flying over the second fire dept out north. 
 Once back home, after a spot of the Olympics, I contemplated what I should do next on the drive. I truly need something with a winch as this wench is not as strong as she thinks!
 Removing debris is work. I'm always intrigued by the results of what starts out as a minor excavation. Pieces of trees like this need taken out of the soil. This was already starting to decay. Once the wood decays, it can leave a sinkhole where it once rested. Bad stuff, sinkholes.
 Our neighbor mentioned I should trim off the broken trees and they would most likely grow back. I think he would be surprised to discover many of the broken trunks were the bottoms of the trees! I looked at this and laughed. In Scouting, we were taught to plant trees with the root DOWN. Although, this poor thing hadn't a root left. Very sad.
 Nor did this one.
 Hoooray! I was digging up another trunk and discovered this one could be propped upright. I'm not sure it will survive as the trunk is severely cracked about in the middle. It was exciting, though, to see an evergreen standing all by itself.
 Then, I found a very sad bush. OK, it isn't a bush now, it WAS a bush. At the moment, it is a dirty stick with a few twigs and tattered leaves. If we get some more wet weather, it very well might snap out of the muck and take off again. Maybe.
 So, a little bit more work with a hoe (I am NOT removing all the rocks. I think most of them will be enough), I'll put the pole (from the high jump or vault, seen previously) on the edge of the true drive..or maybe spray paint!! Then, in a day or two, we'll sprinkle seeds over the mostly bare soil. Mum  has a bag of wiildflower seeds. They may take off and turn those empty ugly not for parking spaces into something the moose will love!
 I took a break before bed and went to Arness Dock again. I love how tall I appear in Alaska!!
 Fishing was open again, I'll share those photos on a different day. It was rather warm out for being 930 at night on an otherwise not entirely sunny day. The breeze had dropped, I had added a sweatshirt to my shorts, and after I collected a bag of white rocks (yup, not done yet!), I sat down and called Steve. Talking to Eastern Oregon with the sound of Inlet waves in my ear was Wonderland like. :o)

I'm glad it was such a peaceful evening. The next day, when I woke, I felt quite a bit like a creaky old car full of grass and weeds. Even the mice have vacated the residence! Old age is a ridiculous thing!