Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Moving south to escape rain, high prices (gas & food). rain, lack of new bird species, rain, the metric system, rain, and looking forward to being back the good old USA.
Passed through miles of vineyards and orchards in Canada and Washington. Then bird species and numbers increased exponentially as we traveled the high desert habitats. Then into the dark rain forest of the Northern Cascades, yes more rain, but not today. The huge old growth rain forests, as pictured below, festooned with mosses, lichens, ferns was very impressive. We are enjoying camping among the large trees. Our plans are to see all five of the volcanos of Washington and then the ocean coast. Our best to all. Ty & Ida
Monday, July 18, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
We are in Haines Junction, Yukon for the third time as we started here before going into Alaska, and 5 weeks later out then to Haines in SE Alaska and 1 week later back again. Also journeyed through Tok twice. What wonderful places we have seen, what beautiful scenery as this mountain refection. And wildlife, amazing! Ty wanted to see bears on this trip and we are up to 37! We have an answer for any of you wanting to get rid of dandelions, get a black bear, we watched a number of black bears devouring ripe dandelions their heads covered in seeds. We are now on to a new journey in Canada and possibly back into Hyder, Alaska. Below is our first attempt at sending a video, hope it works. This is called Million Dollar Falls, we camped there last night in a very peaceful environment. Ty & Ida
Monday, July 4, 2011
We enjoyed our time in Valdez, exploring the history and wildlife of the area. The 1964 earthquake that destroyed the town and moving the whole town 4 miles to safer ground was very interesting. Then of course there was the 1989 oil spill, most all wildlife and area have been restored. We took a boat trip to the Columbia and Meier Glaciers, There were amazing ice bergs as the Columbia is losing ice at nearly 100 feet a day. If you used your imagination, you could see wonderful blue creatures in the melting ice. We did have rain for 4 of the 6 days we were there so we have moved away from the coast to sunshine and warmer temperatures. Seeing bears every few days, a Brown Bear near Valdez and a Black Bear crossed the road this afternoon as we waited for it on the Edgerton Highway. Ty & Ida