Dick and I met Harry and Linda in the mid 70’s and even though they lived in Texas we had opportunity to see them a time or two a year for about 10 years. Then there was about 10 more years where we didn’t see each other much at all, but kept in touch. One weekend we met again in Nashville and decided to go to Alaska which we did in 1999. That was the first of several great trips we took together. In 2005, while in South Africa for the second time, we thought it would really be fun to have a Tom to travel with us. He was not hard to find. One of my very best friends from childhood had married a guy named Tom. We decided to ask Kay and Tom to take a trip with us. Our first trip together was to Maine, and that’s another story, but in 2011 we wanted to take them to wild and wonderful Alaska. The beauty is astounding and the memories we made were for a lifetime.
Meet Kay and Tom, Wanda and Dick, Linda and Harry. The hats were a gift from Harry and Linda the first time we visited them in San Antonio.Now they are the hat of choice on every trip. There were sun visors for the gals, but it seems we were not hat wearers. They were tagged Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.
We rented a car in Anchorage and drove the scenic route to Homer.
We viewed eagles flying over head and even got this shot of one through a roadside telescope.
A rocky ferry boat took us to Kodiak Island where we saw bears at close range and drove through
moss covered forests that looked like fairy lands.
After the long drive back up through Anchorage on to Denali we were ready to get out of the car and have some fun. Suiting up for a river rafting trip was a barrel of laughs.
Dick and I often “bounce” things off each other so we thought this sumo shot was just the ticket for the way we felt in the suits. It wasn’t terribly chilly, but I’m not taking any chances on cold ears or hands.
While we did see some nice white water and got in on a little wave action, we went for the overall mild ride and enjoyed the scenery.
Let the beauty begin.
Our guide and gal who “manned” the oars earned her wage. She worked hard at keeping us upright and made the trip a lot of fun. She told us stories, pointed out things of interest and kept us dry for the most part. She also stuck out her tongue and made rabbit ears on our pictures.
Let the beauty continue as we travel back up to Denali for more Alaska sights and sounds in the next blog.