Campbell Creek Estuary

The other day a friend of ours invited us to go to Campbell Creek Estuary with her. My husband, David, had lived in Anchorage since he was 12 and had never been there. Of course, the park was not opened until 2013. It is the newest park in Anchorage. We decided it would be a fun way to spend a Saturday.

We met our friend, Renee, for breakfast and then we headed over to the Campbell Creek Estuary. Renee had told us that this 60 acre homestead was donated to the city because the sheep farmers that homesteaded it didn’t want some investor coming in and building high end condos. I think this is such a wonderful idea. By doing this they have saved some delicate wet lands besides making a wonderful place to visit and do some birdwatching.

We didn’t see many birds or wildlife but the trails were nice and it still was a beautiful day for a walk. I call this a walk instead of a hike because the trails were well maintained and there were places to sit to enjoy nature.

Check this page out if you are a birdwatcher because I read that this is where the first and only sighting of a Lazuli Bunting was made.

 The Campbell Creek Estuary is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. It is the most intact ecologically functional watershed in Anchorage, and attracts bald eagles, sandhill cranes, river otters and five species of salmon, among other wildlife. Campbell Creek winds through the mud and grasses on the flats. Sometimes belugas chase the salmon up the creek.  From the edge of the flats, you can see up and down the majestic coastline.

If you are ever in Anchorage, Alaska you should stop by and take this peaceful walk to enjoy some wildlife.

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VW Family Reunion

Every year the Arctic Air-Cooled VW club holds a reunion, which means if you have a Volkswagen you can bring it and show it off. This happens on the Saturday before Father’s Day. I got involved because my son in law, Dan Montgomery, is involved with the club. He has had a love for VW’s all his life. He even inherited his Dad’s 1967 Bug which he drove to Alaska when he moved here. Which if you saw the Bug you would wonder how he made it up the Alaska Highway. It has won the VW in the worst shape many times.

Anyway back to the Family Reunion. It is a lot of fun. They give out prizes every hour. Yes, they have something to do with Volkswagens. I do believe that the Diamond Center usually donates some kind of gift card for the big drawing.

The event is free but they do like everyone to vote on the VW’s. There were four divisions to vote on, The best Volkswagen, best Audi, best Porsche and the best beater.

Why you ask are Audi and Porsche at a Volkswagen Family Reunion? Well I asked too and this is what I found.

Volkswagen Group sells cars under the brand Volkswagen, Audi, and Porshe. So, all these brands are owned by the same parent company. Volkswagen started in 1937. They had a majority share in Audi by 1966, bringing Audi under the control of the Volkswagen group.

So I guess they are all Volkswagens.

I am sure you can find a vehicle that interests you enough to vote on it but I warn you it is hard to chose.

Even the young are having fun.

If you would like to know about the club you can check them out here:

http://arcticaircooledvws.com/

If you are ever in Anchorage, Alaska the Saturday before Father’s Day you should stop by Diamond Center to take a look at all the interesting Volkswagens.

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3 Barons Renaissance Fair

In June of every year we have a Renaissance Fair here in Anchorage. We enjoy going and spending time with the family there. It is a cheap day out with the tickets $8 for adults and $5 for children which can be bought at the gate or online. It is also educational for adults and children.

David and I did hang out with the pirates a lot due to the fact that they were in the beer garden, besides being fun. There is a lot of singing and storytelling which leads to tons of laughter.

You will receive tokens that you use to vote on which of the Barons you prefer Red, Blue or Green. There are many different shows that you can watch from sword fighting to ….

How about learning about knights? This is very interesting.

Then there is always the throwing of tomatoes at the actors which is always fun. Well maybe not for the actors. To think they wait all year for these 2 weeks to get tomatoes thrown at them. It is a good laugh.

All these people work very hard to make these two weekends fun for everyone while learning something.

We also ran into a friend of ours playing her harp for tuppence.

Even our twin granddaughters had fun!

Now on the other hand our niece and great nephew seemed to have gotten into a little trouble.

After some bargaining we managed to get them released.

At the end of the day it is time to watch the parade of the 3 Barons.

If you would like to learn more about the fair check it out here:

http://3barons.org/index.html

After a fun day at the fair we all headed home.

I hope you enjoyed our fair.

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Rough and Tumble

Saturday night I went to my first women’s roller derby.  It was a lot of fun but not as rough as I remember watching on TV when I was a kid.  We had free tickets because Midnight Sun Brewing brewed a beer for them and David helps with the tour there every Thursday night.  Anyway I hope you enjoy the photos.

 

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Have you ever been to a roller derby?  Let me know by leaving and answer in the comments.

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Greek Festival in Anchorage, Alaska

We didn’t get to go camping this weekend due to having too much to do at home.  We decided to go to the Greek Festival at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. It is held every year.  They have been doing this for many years and the money goes towards finishing their church. It is nice to see how much they got done from year to year. David has been going to the festival since they started building the church years ago.

It was once again a rainy day for the festival. People didn’t care they come for the wonderful Greek food, the children dancing, the music and to look at the church as it changes from year to year.

http://akgreekfestival.com/

transfiguration.ak.goarch.org

Here our their web pages you can check out.

This is such a big event in Anchorage that they hired the police to direct traffic and the parking attendants were great. David even went and let the information booth know how well he thought they were doing.

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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!

Babies and Trailer

Well today I went out to help Dan to pick up their 17′ travel trailer. They were supposed to pick it up yesterday but they didn’t have the stuff it get the van ready, so they asked if they had the stuff to get the truck ready. They said yes and to bring the truck in today. Then since that was only going to take an hour and half we could drop the van off when it was done. It had to be fixed at another shop and they would fix it tomorrow. This means the kids could still go camping this weekend. This was our plan for the day.

Now what happened today went a little different. I drove out to Eagle River where Heather and Dan live. I watched the girls while Dan worked on truck. I got there at 10. While I played with the girls Dan got the hitch put back on the truck, I am not just talking about the ball.

Next we loaded the girls in the van around 12:30 to drop the truck off. I drove my old van to town while Dan drove his truck.

We dropped the truck off and figured we would go to lunch. After lunch we still didn’t hear from ABC RV, so decided to go garage selling. Grandma needed toys for the girls when they were at her house. I only found one toy. It was a wooden logging truck. What little girl wouldn’t want a logging truck.

Dan and I found a toy for us but Heather said no. It was Unimog. I didn’t no what it was but I thought it looked really cool. I wanted to drive it. I used to love to drive our skidder.

Anyway now it is 5 and the girls were hungry, so we headed back to check on the truck. They still didn’t have the truck ready. We got the girls feed but still haven’t got the van dropped off. I told Dan that we would do it tomorrow for them, so they could still go camping. Finally they said it was ready. I took the van to our place and Dan came to pick me up, so I could get my car at their place. When I got home Dan called to say the truck still wasn’t ready but would be soon. He finally made it with trailer in tow.

Dan and Dusty went to put the car seats in the back seat. Now his truck is a 1987 and if you can remember how small the backseats are in them. They had to move the seat all the way up and still couldn’t quite get the back of the seat all the way back. Then you put a 6’2 man behind the steering wheel and it is pretty funny. Dan looks like he is driving some little car with his knees under his chin.

We arrive at their house and I go in to talk with Heather. Dan walks in and tells her you need to see something. He shows her how close the seat is to the steering wheel and her reply was you want me to drive. With her only being 5′, we don’t really think she is that tall, she thought the seat looked just right. We headed home leaving them to pack their trailer and head out. I am not sure who drove.

As for our 5th day of Keto it went good. Had a shake for breakfast and at lunch I ate brisket, collard green, and coleslaw. That was my first time eating out and it was easy to find food I could eat.

I came home and what I had planned to cook was Beef Storganof with cabbage instead of noodles. It was supposed to be cooked in the slow cooker which I had forgot. When I get home I was trying to figure out what to cook. Then I think why can’t I cook it in my express pot. Well I found out I could.

It was really good and I will make this again.

Home Again

We made it home in under 7 hours.  I do like flying Icelandair.  We flew economy and still had plenty of leg room.  It was not full, so no one sat in our aisle seat.  We didn’t buy their food because we had leftovers from our stay in the apartment.  We did have to buy one of their beers though because it was a limited edition to celebrate their 737.  It was nice and we kept the cans.

When we arrived back in Anchorage we made it through immigration rather fast because most of the people on the flight were not the US.  Waiting for our luggage took longer than in the regular airport.  In Anchorage we have a smaller building that is used for all international flights.

Then we got to customs where we were asked did we have any wine, sausage or cheese, good thing they didn’t say beer, we answered no and left the building.  Our friend, Judie Wolfe, was there to get us. We stopped by the house and dropped of the luggage and picked up Dusty, our son, to go to Red Robin for a hamburger since it was 4th of July. I was not going to BBQ after that trip.

It was wonderful sleeping in our own bed last night.

 

Day 7 Leaving Iceland

I got most everything packed yesterday, but we needed to check the weight again.  We did a little moving around and got all three bags under 23 kilograms.  We are probably up to 60 pounds of beer now.

We cleaned up everything at the apartment and left for the airport.  On the way we stopped for gas and I took a couple of photos of our dirty car.  It is a little bit cleaner than it was at one point.  Might have been the trip through the river.  Did I  say that?  We didn’t drive through any water with the rental car.

 

We then went to turn in our car at Sixt.  They were the really busy again but could be because they are the cheapest place to rent a car.  So if you want a cheap rental be prepared to wait a couple hours. Our car was the dirtiest one that was turned in. I guess the people didn’t have as much fun as us.

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Now time to catch the shuttle to the airport.  There was some interesting art outside the airport.

When we went to check in I told them that we had paid for a bag in London and they told us that it was paid all the way through.  She wanted to see my receipt which luckily I had on my email.  Glad I don’t get rid of that stuff until the trip is all over.  We loaded our luggage on the weighing belt and we had 1.4 kilos to spare.  Yeah! We passed the weight allowed.

Then off through security where I managed to set the bells off as normal.  After getting patted down and having the wand run over my body, to bad it wasn’t a guy doing the patting down, I was let through.

We picked up some licorice in the duty free.  I was going to get some whiskey made in Iceland and smoked in sheep dung but thought $89 was a little much.

We found a place to sit and had a sandwich I had packed.  Now we are waiting to see what gate we go to.  Then we will be off to Anchorage and our own bed for the night.

 

 

 

Concert at Chiesa di Ognissanti

The Anchorage Concert Chorus had a concert in the church of Chiesa di Ognissanti.  Another beautiful church.  It would have been nice if they had more people there but the ones that were totally enjoyed their concert.  It sounded wonderful.