How You Know You Are a Sourdough!

Sitting on the couch as the house shakes, never looking up from what you are doing as you say to your husband, “I guess that was an earthquake.” He replies, “Yep”. No big deal just part of life in Alaska. The next morning you read in the paper that it was a 6.2 earthquake with the center in the Aleutian Chain. We forget up here when we see so much damage from smaller quakes that we are so spread out that it doesn’t really cause much damage to the cities and people. We are lucky in that way. I wonder if a tree falls in the woods does it make a sound when no one is there to hear it.

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Bertha One of the Butt Sisters

Who remembers this song? Troglodytes sung by The Jimmy Castor Bunch released in 1972 which was the year before I graduated high school . Guess I just told you my age but who cares it is just a number.  Well back to this song. You should check out this you tube

This blog is not about a song but about camping at Bertha Creek in Alaska for the weekend. We used to drive past this campground every time we went to Anchorage from Sterling. My late husband, Charlie, would start singing this song as we passed by Bertha Creek.  David, alive husband, and I do the same thing. We even named our truck Bertha. We decided that we were going camping there.  So when I picked up the grandkids from Sterling we drove through and Charlie even picked us out a campsite.  Oh yea, that is Charlie II, the grandson, not Charlie the dead husband.

Friday morning came and we all piled in the truck, three adults, two kids and one big dog. We headed out to Bertha Creek. We got up into Turnagain Pass we knew it wasn’t far now.  We saw the sign.! DSC_0176

Yea, we are here! Oh no, so are other people. There was no one here on Monday. As we made our way through the park, fingers crossed, we look for our perfect camping spot. We come around the bend and there it is, empty. We pull in to one side, so Heather and Dan can pull in next to us later tonight. Dusty sets up the tent for him and the kids.DSC_0129

Now it is time to head down to checkout the creek. To our surprise when we get down there we find a small waterfall.

Grandma and Grandpa took pictures of things like her feet,

grandpa even got his foot in there once, and grandma took pictures of the creek and Dusty playing with the kids there.

We all headed back for some lunch.  I found this cool picture to take there.

Yes a sap was taking a photo of sap. The next question; is it better to be a sap or a root?

I’m not sure. What do you think?

Well David and I decided to take a walk down some trails we had seen on the way in. We walked up to the fee area, this is Federal so it is only $14 a night and $7 if you have your gold pass which we have. DSC_0149

Bear country! Oh, no! I always get a kick out of these signs because I think all of Alaska is bear country.  When they are walking through the subdivisions all the time in Anchorage, the largest city in the state, wouldn’t you say it is all bear country.

David decided to check out the pump and see if it was still working and it was. We then continued on with our walk.

Yes, we found Bertha Creek. This is where it empties into this river whose name no one seems to know.  I will find out some how.

We then headed back to camp and sat by the fire for a while with a beer. Dusty and the kids came back from their walk. They told us about a bench up on top of the hill by our camp with a great view. We went there the next morning.

Everybody brought back a little firewood.  We sure didn’t want to run out because how could we drink our beer without a fire.

Anyway they also told us about another trail on the other side of the highway.  They said they saw some people panning for gold, well they had sluice boxes. I guess you would say they were looking for gold. We all thought that would be fun to do after lunch. So as we were eating one of the kids goes come look at these worms.  Reighly  already had a pet green worm she named catty but it had got away. It fell off her finger.  We all go to have a look and this is what we saw.

We watch them all weekend as they slowly eat away the leaf.

Now our next adventure across the road and up the trail. First we stop at this bridge that goes nowhere. You can smell the creosote, so you know it is new. You cross the bridge and see a road for maybe 100 ft then nothing. Oh well the mystery road I guess or should I say bridge.

Across the highway we go. The first thing we come across is this cool firepit.DSC_0178

The gold miners were all gone, so we had the whole area to ourselves which was nice. We all went exploring.

As we are walking on the trail we saw blueberries. David and I decided to come back the next morning and pick some while the kids were asleep. We got up and went picking on Sunday. Alice got a little bored. She doesn’t think standing in one area for a while is hiking.  I guess she doesn’t know the difference in hiking and picking.DSC_0219

Well we thought it was worth getting rained on. The Picking Was Good!

While we were there we got some nice mushrooms photos.  Never thought I would be looking for mushrooms for a photo op.

We also got some nice flower photos.

The rain stopped before we left, so the tent got to dry out before it got packed up. We packed up and headed home.DSC_0130

Good-Bye Bertha Creek.DSC_0223

I guess I should let everyone know that the Flat Ole Hippies couldn’t come with us because they had other plans.  Hopefully, they can come with us next weekend. We are planning to go to Seward if all goes well.

Thanks for reading!

How Did Turnagain Arm, Alaska Get Its Name

Turnagain Arm is a waterway into the northwestern part of the Gulf of Alaska. It is one of two narrow branches at the north end of Cook Inlet, the other being Knik Arm. Turnagain is subject to climate extremes and large tide ranges.

Turnagain Arm was named by William Bligh of HMS Bounty fame. Bligh served as Cook’s Sailing Master on his 3rd and final voyage, the aim of which was discovery of the Northwest Passage. Upon reaching the head of Cook Inlet in 1778, Bligh was of the opinion that both Knik Arm and Turnagain Arm were the mouths of rivers and not the opening to the Northwest Passage. Under Cook’s orders Bligh organized a party to travel up Knik Arm, which quickly returned to report Knik Arm indeed led only to a river.
Afterwards a second party was dispatched up Turnagain Arm and it too returned to report only a river lay ahead. As a result of this frustration the second body of water was given the disingenuous name “Turn Again”. Early maps label Turnagain Arm as the “Turnagain River”.

Enough of the history of Turnagain Arm and back to why I am writing this.  I was driving to Sterling yesterday, which is about a 2 1/2 hour trip, to pick up Dusty’s kids for a visit. I was just making a quick run down grab the kids and come back.  Not a big deal because I used to live in Sterling and have made this day trip many times.  The winter time used to get a little dicey but the roads are a lot better now. I had to stop though because driving along the Arm the clouds were amazing.  Actually, the kids and I kept remarking on how wonderful they were all the way back to Anchorage. Going over the pass it was really great.  We even checked out where we are going camping next weekend, Bertha Creek. Well here are a some photos I took.

 

Turnagain Arm is always different. I can never seems to take enough photos of it.

HOPE YOU ENJOY THE PHOTOS OF MY BEAUTIFUL STATE!

 

 

Flat Ole Hippies Go Camping

Our friends took us camping at Kings River outside of Sutton north of Anchorage, Alaska. We went in their camper.  It was a beautiful weekend. It was sunny but not too hot. We sat by the campfire and went for walks. We enjoyed watching the river.

 

A good time was had by all.

How Come Relaxing Makes You Tired?

I don’t understand how I can have a relaxing weekend out camping.  I slept great and went for a nice walk. I sat by the campfire and played games at the table.  It was such a nice, quiet weekend.  We got home and the boys helped me unpack the camper which was not hard because I have it set up for the summer now. I came upstairs and sat down to work on my pictures when I fell asleep and didn’t wake up for 4 hours.  By then it was after 8.  We stayed up a while longer then went to bed to read.  That is my excuse for not blogging yesterday.

Today I finally just got the photos done from the camping trip.  Which was on my list, so I checked it off.  I am liking this list thing because I seem to be getting a lot more done.  There are several things I didn’t get done today, so they will move on to tomorrow.

I hope you enjoy the photos of our camping trip to Kings River, Alaska.  We will be going back here in the fall to pick berries. There are lots of 4 wheeler trails if you have one.  People are always out there riding.  There a quiet a few that just come for the day.  This isn’t a regular campground like with outhouses and conveniences. It is just where people have camping for years.  In the fall it isn’t only good for berries, it is also good for hunting. With all the 4 wheeler trails they can get back in there and get a moose.

 

Of course, my chicken dog, Alice, was with us.  She loves camping.  She will get into the water a little and she loves going on hikes.  One thing she does that I think is funny she always pees in the water. Alice, shocked us when the dogs from another campsite came over to visit and she didn’t run.  She actually let them smell her and she smelt thing.  I believe they became friends.  When Bogart got there, he kept trying to go make friends and we would call him back when he started sneaking off.  He did get away with it a couple of times. Alice would let us know by barking every time he would start working is way out of the camp.  It was pretty funny her telling on him.

Today was my weigh in day.  I lost 1.2lbs. That was good because I think the beers may have been a little over my carb intake should have been.  At least I lost and I still feel good about this diet.  I made us lettuce taco’s tonight and we like it.

Well I am off for today.  Hope everyone has a good night.

 

Checking Away

Well I followed my checklist and only two more to do to complete it. One of which is to blog today, so as I wait for David to get home from donating blood I write.

Maybe I made my list too easy but I have to admit I seemed to get a lot more done. As I checked things off my list I kept by my side. I even added to it at times. I will start putting harder things that I need to finish.

Well camper all packed and ready to go. We are going to camp by a river we camped at last fall and we picked high bush cranberries. I am sure I will go back to pick this fall. I got the camper cleaned good. Took snacks we can eat.

Well I am planning on having a great weekend. I hope ya’ll are.

No Babies Today – Picnic Day

I know I didn’t blog yesterday, but nothing really happened. We just ran errands, boys looked at a job and I gave a person a jump. Oh yea, I BBQ two brisket yesterday for our church picnic.

The diet went fine. We had pizza with cauliflower crust.  I do like that.

The picnic was fun and it was a nice day.  It was a lot of fun laughing and joking with friends on a beautiful day in Alaska. We had tons of food.  I think the brisket went over good.

I tried sticking to my diet.  I ate meat, salad and some fruit.  There was so many good-looking desserts I to ignore which I did, but there was one of Zoey’s gluten-free cakes which are always so good.  I had a small piece of that and a small piece of chocolate.

Tomorrow will be the day of truth.  I will see if I lost weight.  Stay tuned to find out!