Sorry I am a week late writing my blog. The hotel we stayed in last I couldn’t get online to post this blog and then we had no internet in the new house. So here is the post from Saturday to continue our last leg of our journey.
We left our hotel at 8:30 with 194 miles to go. Hoping to see our new home around noon.
David and I left everyone behind as we headed out to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We had to get to Costco to pick up my Cymbalta. We figured we could get there and pick it up, then meet the rest of our caravan on Highway 90.
As we were getting back on the highway from the hotel I could see the Missouri River. We were well on our way by 7:40.
A slender pointed rod for holding meat over a fire.
To eject from the mouth
To rain or snow slightly
A small point of land usually of sand or gravel running into the water
Now can you figure out which one I mean by this title?
Read on to see if you are right.
David had to go to the Kenai Peninsula to work and I went with him, so I could visit my friend Stella. Stella and I decided to take a day trip to Homer.
We got up that morning and headed out for our 80 mile trip to Homer with a few stops for photo ops on the way down.
We stopped on top of the hill leading into Homer to take some nice scenic photos.
I also got some nice flower photos there.
We then drove on into Homer and out on the Spit. The forces of nature that built the Homer Spit might have washed it away years ago, if humans had not intervened. Winter storms roaring out of the northwest try to separate the 4.5-mile strip of sand and gravel from the mainland almost every year, but rock walls and perseverance keep it intact.
While on the Spit you can’t leave without taking a few shots of the marina. Guess who happened to be in the marina, Time Bandit. If you are fans of the Deadliest Catch you will know what I am talking about. I myself have never watched the show. I guess because I live here.
We left our hotel at 7:48. The day started out great until my bank called. They told me that someone had tried to cash a suspicious check. The check was a very old one I had that was my old address and old name. They had to open us a new checking account. At least, the debit cards were still working. Thank goodness for my bank.
It seems my youngest son let someone stay in our home while we were gone. He was supposed to take care of the house and my dog Alice. I filed a police report but I know nothing will ever come of it. I finally got hold of my son who told me Alice was with him and that he thought he knew who did it. I was not sure what else was stolen until I got home. I believe my son is back on drugs. He wasn’t even at the house while we were gone.
We left Fredrickburg around 12:50. We hit the I10 and headed for El Paso. We were headed to Ajo, Arizona to visit a friend.
I like to track our trip on my phone and the old way with a real paper Road Atlas. I think it tells you things that you aren’t going to get on my phone. Well anyway I noticed that if we went to Silver City, New Mexico we could visit some Cliff Dwellings which David and I had never seen before.
We went through another time change and in a blink of the eye we went from 6:21pm to 5:21pm. We have been through so many time changes I am not sure what time it is most of the time. I never changed my watch, so it is still on Alaska time. That really confuses me. Then when we hit Arizona they don’t do daylight savings time, so more confusion for this old woman.
We hit New Mexico at 7:05. We left the I10 and headed to Silver City where we stayed at a Motel 6. We were beat and it was nice to relax for a bit before we fell asleep.
We were so glad to get out of Texas. That takes almost as long as it takes us to get out of Alaska.
Hope you are enjoying following me on our road trip.
Well before I can tell you about our weekend in Soldotna I have to show you a couple new photos I got of our twins.
We left Friday morning to head to Sterling where we were leaving Dusty for the weekend. We were down there for little Charlie’s 11th birthday.
David and I went to Soldotna to stay with our friend, Stella. We all went out to a new Thai Restaurant in the Soldotna Mall. Then we went to the store to get some snacks. Oh but we need popcorn, so off to the Orca Movie Theater for popcorn. This is what Stella and I do when we get together. Then we went home to watch a movie, Wild Horses, which was a good choice.
Before we went to the birthday party at Soldotna park we went to Jared’s, my son, to see what he had been doing to the property. We also met his in-laws who had come up to visit for a couple of weeks. It was their first trip to Alaska.
We then went over to Neese and Randy’s house to visit. They just live around the corner from Jared. I had to take Neese her magnets that I had been getting for her while we were on our travels. I bet she would give the Genius Book of Records a run for their money on who has the most magnets. She loved the new ones I got her though.
Then it was off to Charlie’s birthday party at Soldotna Park. There was a carnival at one end of the park, so we found the grand kids down there. I got some good photos of all the grandkids on rides. Poor Charlie rode the zipper with his Dad and got sick. He could not even stand to go near the carnival. Tayvin made it through the zipper but when he got on the swings with his sister it was just too much for him. He got off the swing and that did him in.
Then we all went for a walk along the boardwalk on the Kenai River.
After we all said good-bye David and I headed back to Stella’s. Stella cooked us a nice supper with BBQ steaks, potatoes, stuffed jalapeno, mushrooms and a salad. It was a great meal.
The next morning we got up and went out for breakfast at King Salmon. I have been going to King Salmon since I moved to Alaska in 1980. I usually always get the biscuits and gravy, but they do have a lot of other good food. I just think of it as a typical Alaska restuarant. It is casual with real, tasty food. They do have a breakfast buffett but I have never tried that. I know a lot of people do. Even the tourist always find it and eat there.
Then we went to visit David’s niece, Diana Honkola. We had a great visit with her and the kids. They are both growing so fast. Grabbed Dusty on our way out of Sterling and headed home.
We did have to stop at the Turnagain Armpit for some good BBQ before we got home.
Calls itself the Southern BBQ on the Alaskan Frontier. Bringing authentic southern BBQ to Alaska is our passion, is our mission. We thrive on being true to traditional southern low n slow smoked meats and classic BBQ sides. We skimp on no part of that age old tradition, we replicate the BBQ masters every step of the way. We honour the ‘Q’ and all that it stands for. We don’t follow trends and we don’t sway from classic BBQ – well sometimes, but only rarely and then not very far. If they don’t do it down south, you likely won’t see it at our PiT.
Saved me having to cook for my boys.
What a wonderful weekend spent with dear friends and a great family!
Before anyone notices that we went North, back South to go North there is a reason. I had bought my tickets to fly to Glasgow long before I had the dates when we could visit Anna and William. So just to let you know that I do know what I did. I know sometimes it looks like I don’t.
I wanted to take David to meet my really good friends Andrew better known as Fred & his wife M. Fred told me to fly into Glasgow and then we could drive along the Lochs back to Kiltarlity. Fred said there were some great places for photos. I was thinking that I had been on a sight seeing trip with you before and I knew how you would do this. You drive 70 miles per hour and say this is a Loch, this is a castle and just keep driving. If I needed to pee I would tell Fred and sooner or later he would pull over by a bush. He said, “Oh no, I will stop”. So enjoy these photos that I took while driving down the road. I didn’t get any photos of the Lochs because I was sitting on the wrong side of the car and did not feel like rolling all over the back seat to take photos of the Lochs.
Fred told us we would stop at Fort Williams for some fish and chips. I asked if he knew where one was. He told me that he looked it up on the internet and all he could find were Chinese and Indian take outs. When we arrived there he had to ask a local where one was. We found it. I did take a pee at the pub across from it, so I didn’t have to stop at a bush. There was a table in the shop, but would he seat there, no we sat in the car.
We made it to the Byre, http://inchbrakie.tripod.com/the-byre
It was great to make it back to a place which feels like home to me. When I lived in England and I would need to get away from all the people we would go here. It is hard for a girl from a little town in Alaska to be in a big town like London.
David and Fred seemed to hit it off, so I was happy!
There has been quite the discussion about David’s green short shorts. I don’t think he should wear them because he has such long, skinny, white legs. He doesn’t see a problem with them. I do have to say that he put them on before he got into bed and I was already in bed. He brought me the camera and as he is standing in front of our mirrored doors on our closet I am getting ready to take the picture. He says, “Honey, you know when you take this picture you will be in the background naked.” “Oh, shit!” I said as I looked in the mirror and see my nakedness. I made him move then because I didn’t want to scare everyone. Some friends said we should have a vote. I am going to post two photos with him in his shorts and I want all of you to vote yes or no. Then we can see if he gets to take them. You have to do this fast because the suitcases are closing tomorrow.