Camping on a “school” night

Gotta love those summer camping trips- leave work at 5, race up a mountain for some camping, then wake up early the next morning to race down in time to make it to work by 9am. Summer in AK makes them even better, since it’s daylight practically the whole time!

Here are a few photos from a recent Thursday evening trip up a mountain with my sweetie. It was so great!

We hiked up around 8pm amongst these beautiful meadows full of flowers. The town below was totally covered in clouds, and we were NOT expecting beautiful weather once we popped up above the cloud line.

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Our destination! The small cabin structure at the top-IMG_4832

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Obligatory “I’m Back!” Post

Well….. I’m back! It seems that every few years or so I decide to come back to this trusty old blog. And here I am again!

I’ve realized that recently I have really enjoyed exploring photography more. And yet, I do almost nothing with the pictures that I take. I would love a reason to spend time taking and editing photos again, and I feel like this blog has always been a source of inspiration and motivation to continue to develop my photography skills. So, even though I’m not really telling anyone or promoting my blog at all… I’m going to start updating again!

I’ve looked through all my old posts, and boy have I changed! I’m sure this blog will be VERY different than it used to be. However, I’ve decided to keep all the old posts and continue on with Just One Day instead of creating a whole new blog, because it was fun looking through all my old posts and I enjoy being able to look back in time. Please don’t judge me too much for my old self :P

Whale Watching

My boss Ryan has a boat that he drives in the summers for tourists- mostly wildlife tours and water taxi service (to the surrounding islands where people like to hike). His boat fits six, and sometimes he has smaller groups and he’ll let me tag along and “help out” (aka get really excited and take lots of pictures of whales and stuff). One time he paid me 20 bucks to sit in on a tour, which is both completely and utterly ridiculous, and also very indicative of how extremely nice my boss is and how sweet and giving Sitkans are in general (I tried to give it back but he wouldn’t let me).

The first time he took me out on the boat, I was working at the elementary school in town helping out with inventory  and bulletin boards and other boring stuff, when I got a text from Ryan asking if I could be at the harbor in 15 minutes. I think this was like a Tuesday afternoon. Of course, I raced over to the harbor on my bike, and jumped on board his boat. It was a beautiful day and full of creatures- we saw a sea lion, about 6 humpback whales (swimming all around, pretty close to the boat) and some ADOORRABLE sea otters which are almost impossible to get a picture of.  And bald eagles of course. It was such a spontaneously awesome Tuesday afternoon, and such a casual way to experience whales for the first time. Living in Sitka means that some truly amazing experiences, that people pay a whoooole lotta money for, are free, at my fingertips, and incorporated into my every day life. AH! Does it sound too good to be true!? Cus it feels tooo too good to be true. :)

Anyway, here are some pictures from trips out on his boat. Pretty cool, huh?

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Verstovia Hike (or, My Favorite Day in Sitka)

So there’s this mountain. Verstovia Mountain. It’s huge and beautiful and it juts out above town. When it’s cloudy, the very tippy top is covered, but sometimes it peaks through the clouds just a little bit, so you still know it’s there. I’ve been hearing about this mountain since I got to Sitka. Most people climb to this big flat rock most of the way up, Picnic Rock. Rhiannon did that the week I arrived here, and she was sore for a week. But the real test, the scary climb, is up to the very tip- the arrowhead. It’s a steep hike, and I have no pictures of the process, because it basically involves crawling up a wet, muddy rock slide, holding onto tree branches for your dear life. The whole time, I just kept reminding myself that I had bungee jumped off a bridge before so it should be a piece of cake. (it wasn’t.)

 

Here is Verstovia, taken from my street (a few blocks down from my house):

 

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And here is the arrowhead, taken from picnic rock:

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Stopped at picnic rock for lunch and gearing up to go to the top of that mountain!

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I made it!!

 

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There was this insane wall of clouds that kept rolling around us while we hung out at the top:

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Freaking amazing. AMAZING.

Exploring the Tide Pools

This is Abby. Doesn’t she look cool? She is.

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The other day, we were bored and wanted to try to go swimming (didn’t happen) so we walked down to the beach. The tide was pretty far out, so we explored these awesome tide pools and generally bothered the wildlife.

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It’s been so fantastic having a group of people here who are interested in taking advantage of everything Sitka has to offer. I play soccer twice a week at the gym, we do huge family meals a couple times a week, and then of course, there are the lovely people like Abby who will spontaneously go on a tide pool adventure at a moment’s notice. What more could I ask for?

I lived in San Diego, where it was beautiful and on the ocean, and then I lived in San Francisco, where it was also beautiful and on the ocean… but something about Alaska is just… magical and amazing. Walking down to the water, looking at all the boats, the wildlife, and of course the gorgeous mountains peeking up above it all.. it just really doesn’t get much better than this.