I! GOT! A! KAYAK! FOR! MY! BIRTHDAY!!!!!

Since I moved to Alaska 3 years ago, I’ve dreamt of buying a kayak of my own. And this year, for my birthday, I was gifted one from my lovely boyfriend!! YAY!!!!

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Her name is Luna :)

It’s not a “real” sea-kayak, just a plastic floater, but I LOVE IT! I took it out for a spin with a few friends/ family who also have kayaks at sunset the other night.. Here are a few photos!

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And the cutest model ever demonstrating the kayak (on land because he’s 2):

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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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It was a beautiful and fun trip! And I made it to work on time on Friday morning. Success!IMG_4869

 

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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