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Maui – Day 1   3 comments

Across The Sea – by Ernest Kaai, Ray Kinney & John Noble

Listen to the song the birds are singing
Of the southern isles across the sea
Island gems within a coral setting
Islands of the sunny southern sea

Bright the sky above with golden sunshine
Flooding all the lands with warmth and light
See the palm trees swaying to the ocean
Whispering songs of love by day and night

Chorus I:
Across the sea an isle is calling me
Calling to the wanderer to return
Bidding me come back to fair Hawai`i
To these sunny isles across the sea

See the surf comes rolling ever onwards
Meets the land and melts in creamy foam
Breaks upon the shore and scatters quickly
Like a million pearls let loose to roam

Chorus II:
Across the sea those sunny isles are calling
In my dreams they seem to beckon me
Bidding me come back to dear Hawai`i
To those lovely isles across the sea

Watch the spray which melts in liquid sunshine
Tossed up from the bosom of the deep
High above in varied colors forming
Like the mermaids rising from their sleep

Chorus III:
Across the sea those sunny isles are calling
Calling to the wanderer to return
Bidding me come back to dear Hawai`i
To those lovely isles across the sea

Posted February 26, 2010 by Lana G! in Hawaii, Photo, Photography, Travel, Vacation

Outdoor Wednesday – Alaska   10 comments

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While in Alaska, we saw glimpses of the Alaska pipeline here and there in the distance.

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You would see it way off  up in the hills and then it would disappear and you would not see it again for miles and miles. 

On our way down to check out Valdez, Alaska, we saw it right near us on the side of the road.  It was so close that we decided we would try to find a way to get as close to the pipeline as we could.

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Yeah, I’d say this is pretty close! 

For more Outdoor Wednesday posts, head on over to Susan’s!

Posted July 28, 2009 by Lana G! in Alaska, Outdoor Wednesday, Travel, Vacation

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Mosaic Monday   15 comments

While in Alaska, you will discover that these:

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Provide you with these breathtaking beauties!:

 

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For more Mosaic Monday posts, head on over to the Little Red House!

Posted July 26, 2009 by Lana G! in Alaska, Mosaic, Mosaic Monday, Nature, Photo, Photography, Travel, Vacation

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Alaska – Day One   7 comments

We had a really early flight from Seattle to Anchorage on Sunday.  We arrived in Anchorage around 8:30 in the morning, got the rental car and headed out to Snow City Cafe for breakfast before we started our 200 mile drive for the day to Copper River!  What a great place for breakfast! Quirky decor.  Delicious food!  Great start for our trip. These are a few pictures of Steve and I and the cafe. 

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We stopped in Parker before our long drive so Steve could send a couple of emails in a spot where we knew there would be internet access.  We both have air cards which makes travel quite convenient! We were just not real sure of the coverage or connection capability we would find along the way.  So, while he was emailing – I was garden browsing at the Palmer Museum! 

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With the emails, shopping for snacks and getting ourselves organized for the road trip out of the way, we started our drive to Copper River where would be spending a couple of nights before our next drive. Here are the photos of the day…

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One word: AMAZING!

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So much to see – so glad that we chose to drive. It was really nice to be able to pull off the side of the road and take a bunch of pictures whenever we felt like it with no agenda or time schedule to worry about.   We found great subjects to photograph and  beautiful scenery to marvel at! 

Steve bought a book called “Scenic Driving Alaska and the Yukon”.  It detailed points of interest and told you at which mile markers you would see these points of interest  – very helpful.

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And this is where the day’s journey ended.  We are spending two nights at the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge.  They have a jaw dropping view of the Wrangell Mountains and plenty of trails to walk as well as the Copper River for salmon fishing if you are so inclined.  We chose walking the trails and watching as others fish for salmon.  We decided to eat the salmon at the restaurant rather than fish for it!

We were exhausted by the end of the day.  Sleep came fast and easy and we are now ready to start a new adventure.  I will be sharing more as the week goes on!

Posted July 6, 2009 by Lana G! in Alaska, Nature, Outdoors, Photo, Photography, Travel, Vacation

Sunday Psalm   2 comments

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Flying  up to Alaska today for a week of exploration and vacation!  We will fly to Anchorage and then start our driving tour.   I think we are scheduled to put over 1,000 miles on our rental! My husband always plans our wonderful trips and I show up with my camera to capture every moment!  Can’t wait to share the pictures with you…

ABC Wednesday – C   15 comments

C is for Catalina Island off the California Coast!

There’s even a song written about this little island…

26 Miles (Santa Catalina)

(Glen Larson and Bruce Belland)

Twenty-six miles across the sea
Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me
Santa Catalina, the island of romance
Romance, romance, romance

Water all around it everywhere
Tropical trees and the salty air
But for me the thing that’s a-waitin’ there, romance

It seems so distant, twenty-six miles away
Restin’ in the water serene
I’d work for anyone, even the Navy
Who would float me to my island dream

Twenty-six miles, so near yet far
I’d swim with just some water-wings and my guitar
I could leave the wings
But I’ll need the guitar for romance
Romance, romance, romance

Twenty-six miles across the sea
Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me
Santa Catalina, the island of romance

A tropical heaven out in the ocean
Covered with trees and girls
If I have to swim, I’ll do it forever
‘Til I’m gazin’ on those island pearls

Forty kilometers in a leaky old boat
Any old thing that’ll stay afloat
When we arrive we’ll all promote romance
Romance, romance, romance

Twenty-six miles across the sea
Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me
Santa Catalina
The island of romance
Romance, romance, romance

Twenty-six miles across the sea
Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me

Fun facts about Catalina Island

  1. It’s really only 21.8 miles from the mainland not 26
  2. More than 100 species or varieties of birds make Catalina their permanent or transitory home.
  3. Pigeons were used to carry messages between Catalina and the mainland from the 1850’s to as late as 1899.
  4. Length of island, 21 miles. Width, 8 miles at its widest point (Long Point) and 1/2 mile at Two Harbors at the Isthmus.
  5. I fly over this island two times a week on my way to and from Washington!

Here is an aerial shot I took of Catalina Island:


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Kaua’i   2 comments

We left Honolulu today and took a 2o minute flight up to Kaua’i.  We are staying at the Kaua’i Marriott which has 51-acres to explore.  We went for a walk after an early dinner to see what we could find on this spectacular property.  Here are some highlights…

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And we haven’t even left the hotel grounds yet!

Kaua’i Photo of the day…

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Waikiki Photo of the day

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Aloha! More adventures to share…

Posted February 27, 2008 by Lana G! in Hawaii, Life, Nature, Travel, Vacation