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We have two lovely grand children and really enjoy interacting with them as they develop their characters and learn about life. We wish we could be with them more often.
I usually have a camera at the ready. And hopefully not disappointing anyone by omitting the multitude of 'food' pictures we've been known to take. .
Twelve years ago, St. Lucia was a one day stop on a 7-day Caribbean cruise. At the time, Sonia and I agreed it was a nice island that we'd like to come back to and spend a little more time. This year, we finally made good on that plan. We chose to stay at the St. James Morgan Bay resort. We did a day trip tour of the island, took a snorkel cruise, explored the markets in Castries, and did a lot of just plain relaxing, sipping the local beer and tropical drinks on the beach or around one of the pools.
Our 7-day cruise up the Alaskan Inside Passage left from Vancouver, BC heading up to Whittier, AK with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and cruising in Glacier Bay and College Fjord. We thought we were pretty well versed in Alaska, but we learned a lot more about the native peoples, the history/settlements, the geography, and the glaciers of Alaska.
Alaska is BIG. One of our guides showed us a map of Alaska with Texas superimposed it. The caption read "Ain't little Texas cute!" The overland portion of our trip consisted of a 9 hour train ride from Whittier, passing thru Anchorage and Wasilla [we saw Sara's house, but couldn't quite see Russia] and on up to Denali National Park. We stayed in a lodge just outside the park. Our main trek into Denali consisted of a 12 hour bus ride the full length of the 92 mile park, with multiple stops along the way. Denali Park: Wilderness -- when you have 6 million acres [or 9,492 square miles.]and only one road -- 92 miles total length.
We stayed at another lodge an hour north of Talkeetna before getting back to Anchorage. We were in Anchorage for the 4th of July and enjoyed the midnight fireworks -- it was still light out! We thought with this trip we'd be able to check Alaska off our bucket list, but having been there -- we want to go back!
In the fall, we continued our quest of National Parks by visiting several we had never been to before in Utah, including Cedar Breaks National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and a very small portion of Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. The scenery was breaktaking, as was most of the hiking, with elevations ranging from 6,000 to 9,000 feet. However, once we overcame the challenge of bending over to get our hiking boots laced up, we enjoyed getting 'up close and personal' with the beauty of nature.
As I'm sure you know I 'have a thing' for all kinds of bugs and other 'critters' and love to discover them and take pictures of them. So, here is a selection of this year's finds. .
And what kind of photographer would I be if I didn't provide links to many of the other pictures I took throughout the year!