Monday, September 12, 2011

 Pictures: Addi and I strollin' the town. We set up the tripod and stood in the road to take the picture. It's the touristy thing to do!

On our night to celebrate winning the competition, we went out to eat at the Fish Company. The food was amazing and they played Simon and Garfunkel all night.

 We surprised Addi by going to the Northern Lights Pizzeria for her birthday dinner. Elise (our roommate) made her the sweet crown!
 We got her a backpack for her birthday a few months ago. She asked me if I would rewrap it and give it to her. I think she forgot that I was going to do that. It was a cool surprise.
 Addison is always a good time!

This is from the point just outside of Skagway. The night was clear and BEAUTIFUL. It almost looks like the background was inserted using Photoshop.

 This is Smugglers' Cove. We also call it make-out cove for all the single folks. We figured we'd come down and check out the scene. The picture is a little blurry because it was actually dark outside. We extended the shutter speed to see what it would do. It looks aight.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


This blog had to be started with this photo. My hair is sticking up (David) and we look like we just woke up. The night before, we sent a text message to the male acquaintance of one of our roommates named Andrew. Andrew is a bus driver for a company called Holland America Princess Alaska (HAPA). We were trying to get on a free tour, but he didn't answer. So we went to bed a little sad. In the morning time, we arose to discover that my phone had died in the night. I plugged it in, fired her up, and read a text saying that he would be taking us on a Best of Skagway tour in 10 minutes and that we better not forget our passports. We got up and rushed around getting dressed and getting the camera bag together. The battery only had about 20% left, so our ability to take pictures was restricted. We rode the bus with him up to Fraser, Canada to pick up the tourists who were riding the train. We rode back down the mountain and went to the lookout, which is where we took the panoramic. Then we went to Liarsville. The story of Liarsville is that some journalists from Seattle came up to cover the gold rush. Instead of making the difficult journey to Dawson City, they just camped out in a small settlement just outside of Skagway. There, they relayed the stories/tall tales of those returning prospectors to the lower 48 as if they were fact. Hence the name Liarsville. They had some AMAZING fresh grilled salmon. I went back for seconds and thirds on it. There was live music playing that was also pretty sweet. A guy played the national anthem on a hand saw with a violin bow. It's a little hard to explain how he did it if you've never seen it done. Basically the more he would bend the saw, the higher the note would go. There was a little show that went with the experience. If you ever come to Skagway and do that tour, don't go to the show. It was just painfully dumb. I felt like I was watching Nickelodeon. Addi got called up to participate at the end when they demonstrated how to pan for gold. Then we panned for gold and got a few flakes of gold each. That was just one recent adventure. Until our next adventure............ 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Oh Canada...

Tour of the taxidermy museum. 

I thought David was taking a picture. Not cool. 

Picking up cruise passengers.

David's pose BEHIND the flowers. 

It looks much more artistic. 

At one point it was so foggy I couldn't see the road. Very scary. 

It was super windy, but the sun was just starting to come out!

These were some fake sheep up on the rocks. Everyone thought they were real so they started shouting "MOUNTAIN GOATTTTS!!!!" Too bad they weren't even goats. 

These are the husky puppies that were born on the 4th of July. Oh-so-cute!

This is one of the mommy huskies. She had the most beautiful blue eyes. 

Look how cute he is!

This is the mammoth that passed away last year.

When they are still too young to mush, they are tired all of the time and sleep forever!

Yak butts. 

We all know this kid got made fun of in school and had his lunch money stolen. 

Emerald Lake was BEAUTIFUL.

Super windy. 

The little engine that could. Stories say that it would try to make it up the Yukon but some parts were so steep the passengers had to get out and push. 

Another SUPER beautiful lake.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Keep your furniture in the same room...

Today was our day off for the week. David's buddy in the branch got us a sweet deal on a zip lining tour. The zip line is supposed to be the best in all of Southern Alaska. Let me tell you, we were not let down! First we started out in Skagway and took a small bus to Dyea (a ghost town) and that took about 20 minutes. The scenery was gorgeous and we saw a seal on the way there. After the bus ride we were transferred to what is called a Unimog.
It got us up 800 ft. in elevation in less than a mile and a half. There were 11 zips total, the longest being 743 ft. 
<-Also, notice David's lack of beard. He shaved it and now he looks Mexican. (But don't worry, it IS coming back)
May not look like much but this thing could climb onto the roof of your house.
 "I'm a tourist."

 Before David tightened his harness, the guide told him to make sure "he had all his furniture in the same room." David knew the helmets were green so he dressed accordingly.
 I may look timid in this picture, but I had just done a front flip off the platform. Nailed it.

 When in doubt...chill out.
 Us in all our gear.
 We were zipping over these amazing waterfalls and streams.
Tour Guide, Addison, David, Tour Guide, Steven (the guy who got us the sweet tour)
 Finishing up the day. On the way down we noticed that the driver's fishing pole was sticking out of his sun roof. Apparently there is AMAZING fishing at the bottom of the tour. We could see salmon swimming in schools in the stream.
Dyea (Die-EE)
 One of the platforms.
 View from the Unimog trip down.
 David lookin' good.
 Some guy fishing in the background.
 Last ride of the day on the Unimog. Going down was just as cool as going up.