glacier_kitty: (northern lights 2)
Yesterday we indeed went to the plaza downtown and had lunch and went shopping..I found the PERFECT shirt..it's blue and has mountains and says "Santa Fe." It was screaming my name when I saw it haha. I also went to a "new" bookstore (and was happy to see many people shopping there). I like "used" bookstores better..they're more interesting (still won't say no to a bookstore though lol). After that we just hung out at Cindy and Dean's house. They watched The Worst Journey in the World docudrama with me (my 5th time!! I wish I had thought of it sooner, so Julie and the others could have watched it too..oh well :P). Now that I know more about Cherry and Antarctic history in general, it made more sense (like meeting Angela and the quartz thing and stuff). At the end they showed a pic of Cherry I had only seen in Sara Wheeler's book, so I had to take a screenshot to share LOL. When I went to my little trailer thing where I slept I was super hyper and just kept yelling "stick it!!!" haha! It's crazy Cherry still has that big of an effect on me..fun though :P

Today we drove back to Payson..so sad leaving, even if we had an extra day. It was super fun and I'm glad we could get together again! We stopped at the Petrified Forest again to stretch our legs..yeah, I am officially tired of looking at petrified wood now LOL. Still nice to get out of the car though. We got back in Payson just in time for it to START RAINING AND SNOWING AGAIN WTF. It's supposed to do both all week!! Wow, the weather is usually nicer than this here! Not cool :P

a few pics )
glacier_kitty: (alaska - glacier)
Yesterday mom and I drove home from Valdez..it was even sunnier, if that's even possible lol (weirdly enough, my coworker friend Kathy was also in Valdez this weekend! She went to Columbia Glacier..we both couldn't believe how nice the weather was lol). We had another nice breakfast with Thea and I think her boyfriend's name is Bob. They're fun people lol, I added Thea on Facebook. :P It was sunny the whole way back, which is impressive! I was sad seeing how much Worthington Glacier had retreated when we hiked up there..poor glacier. :( We found a few geocaches on the way back too..nicee. I also spotted Castner Glacier in the Alaska Range..it's tricky if you don't know where to look (and if there's snow)..not a fast look either since the trees get in the way, so I'm excited when I spot it lol. I think that glacier is a popular hiking/research spot. Poor Black Rapids Glacier is still there, but you can't see much of it anymore. :( Valdez is absolutely one of my favorite places..even when it's raining it's beautiful. <3 I love that I can take a two or three hour drive and just see glaciers everywhere! It makes me wonder how people can live in big cities and miss out on all that! My pics are talking forever to upload, so I'll post them tomorrow :P

I had to go to the doctor for the stupidest thing ever lol..I've been having bad anxiety and depression again...because of Cherry. I just could NOT get him off my mind, and it made me depressed that he was depressed and in bad health the rest of his life after coming back from Antarctica. And I was sad I'll never be an explorer like him..like I'm wasting my life or something. My regular doctor didn't have anything available today, so I saw another doctor. I was super embarrassed to have to say that my crush on a long-dead explorer was making me crazy LOL. OMG I can't believe what the doctor wrote in his report though..I am not making this up: "she is perseverating in her ruminations about this historical figure. I want her to use clonazepam 1 mg up to twice daily as required to reduce the compulsion of the rumination." Hahahah what!! Clonazepam is like Xanax, but not as potent I think. I hope it helps till I can see my regular doctor. (This could be a funny conversation.."why did you last go to the doctor?" "I have a crush on a long-dead explorer that was making me crazy, what about you?" OMG lol.) I seem to be doing better now, so maybe it's helping. Having anxiety is so annoying! lol

Name someplace beautiful )

Today's trivia: The back of the Nobel Peace Prize medal depicts three naked men with their hands on each other's shoulders
glacier_kitty: (explore)
Yesterday mom and I drove to Valdez..it was cloudy and rainy till we crossed the Alaska Range, then it got nice and sunny! We found 6 geocaches and saw a moose, which was cool. We're staying at the same bed and breakfast we stayed at when we came with Bonnie a couple years ago (they're nice, make a great breakfast, and their bathroom has very soft cushy towels and their shower is great, so we had to come back lol). I could not believe how WARM is was, in the 70s!! Valdez is never that warm it seems! We had dinner at our favorite Italian place here (we even sat outside!). There was a Pokestop there so I set a Lure and caught two new Pokemon, yay! (Tentacool and the crab with the giant claw lol.) Valdez is overrun with Drowzees too it seems. :P Another couple from Fairbanks checked in after we got back..we didn't know them, but still, small world! I also did a double-take as I thought the guy looked like an older Cherry LOL (on the boat I kept glancing at him and a picture of Cherry comparing them heh. Oops, talking about him again. :P) Sleep was nice :P

Today at breakfast we got to know the couple more..they live in Fairbanks, but they also live in Texas (they knew where Flower Mound is!), AND they were going on the same glacier cruise as us! How crazy is that?? I don't know where Weather Underground gets their forecasts from, but they were COMPLETELY wrong. 30 and 40s? No way, 70s yet again!! The sun was shining, the sky was super blue, the mountains were bathed in sunlight, and when the wind was right you felt a WARM breeze go by (Chinook or some kind of katabatic wind..I love that word lol). The cruise out to Meares Glacier was AMAZING, perfect, incredible..I was even too warm! We saw orcas, humpback whales, bald eagles, sea otters, puffins, Dall porpoises, seals, sea lions, and lots of other birds! The other people on the boat were a great group..when we were waiting for the orcas a lady was like "hereee orca orca orca!" haha. There seemed to be a lot of people from Fairbanks on the boat, and two people came up to me and said I looked familiar. When I said I worked at Forget-Me-Not Books they were like "a-ha! I knew you looked familiar!" Alaska is small apparently. :P Unakwik Inlet (where Meares Glacier is) was especially gorgeous and it smelled sooooo good, like evergreen trees. *drools* If perfection exists, Unakwik Inlet is it. It was funny..the captain was like "I bet you're wondering where the glacier is..." and then he turned the corner and was like "welcome to Meares Glacier!" and all of a sudden it was just THERE. I was like "aw YEAAAHH" haha. I was bouncing on the soles of my feet..for one since I'm short, and that's apparently what I do now when excited LOL (like when I got the Cherry book haha). I couldn't believe how blue the sky was..there were NO clouds above us at all! It's so awesome just standing under the face of a glacier (and Meares technically isn't THAT big). The glacier is still advancing slowly (you can see the trees it's pushing over!). It calved little chunks here and there, but nothing too exciting (maybe because it's a stable glacier?). Meares will always be more special since I went there with Dana a few years ago. I couldn't believe how beautiful and warm it was. I'm glad Meares Glacier didn't kill my camera this time lol (weirdly, the other two times I went to that glacier my camera died lol). Eventually we had to leave (NOOOONOOOOOONOOO *grabby hands*..I always feel that we should spend longer at the glacier since we have to get all the way out there, but time goes by super fast for me at glaciers, so it was probably longer than I think it was :P) and made our way back to Valdez. There's not enough words to describe the beauty and awesomeness of today..I feel SUPER lucky. It would be cool to live here if the weather was like this all the time! Wow. I was super excited to catch my first Pikachu on the way back to the B&B!! Woohoo!

Tomorrow we go back to Fairbanks..it's supposed to be sunny and warm again! This weather is amazing. It'll be a nice day to hike up to Worthington Glacier (we stopped there on the way, but the glacier was in the shadows and decided to hike up Monday instead when the light would be better for pics. It looked like it had receded quite a bit! Sad :(). I'll post my pics when I get back home lol. Epic trip was epic!
glacier_kitty: (glacier - serenity)
Yesterday mom and Bonnie and I drove up to Circle (around 156 miles north of Fairbanks). Mom and Bonnie are going on a float trip on the Yukon River out of Circle in July, and wanted to check it out (and they invited me cause they're awesome lol). It was funny..when mom and I drove to Birch Hill last week we passed the mileage sign for Circle..I was thinking "we should just randomly go there someday" and like two days later they were like "let's go to Circle!" Haha. It was COLD and SNOWING up at Eagle Summit!! Last week it was hot and in the 80s, this week it's in the 40s and snowing..wtf?!? There was still a lot of snow (like FEET of it) left over from winter..wow. Before Circle is a community called Central (not confusing at all :P)..it was pretty nice for a town in the middle of nowhere lol. Circle wasn't as nice, but it was still interesting to see it..though I felt like we were invading the town since it's so small lol (OH NOES OUTSIDERS). We looked in their grocery store, which was VERY interesting..the cashier was smoking and eating popcorn straight off the counter (O_o), the back desk looked as if it hadn't been cleaned in years, and there were tons of fliers and political stuff on the walls. We also checked out Circle Hot Springs, which for whatever reason closed some years ago. Too bad, it looked like a cool place! I wanted to explore, but I also didn't want to get shot :P (you never know, it's Alaska lol). Thankfully on the drive back it got sunny..so pretty! Mom and I found 10 geocaches, and Bonnie found a couple more we already had..she now has over 1000 caches!! (The one cache in Circle was her thousandth lol.) I wanted to get 700, but there's only so much time..too bad, I just need one more! We actually found every cache we looked for, even ones that hadn't been found in months! That's pretty awesome lol. One cache was up this steep hill filled with dead trees and random undergrowth..we felt accomplished getting that one lol (my poor legs got scratched up though..geocaching battle scars lol). For wildlife, we saw birds, a grouse or ptarmigan, a couple bunnies, an ermine with a vole in its mouth, and a fox! Aww :)

some pics! )

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Today's trivia: In Saving Private Ryan, during a brief break from fighting, Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) sits with Private Ryan (Matt Damon) swapping stories about what it was like back home for them both. The story Damon tells about his brothers and the barn was made up entirely by him during filming. None of the story was part of the original script
glacier_kitty: (iceberg 2)
Yesterday we started off the day by finding 5 geocaches, then watched an IMAX film about the Grand Canyon. I was hoping it would talk about the geology, but only really talked about the people that discovered it and the narrator said dumb stuff like "the Grand Canyon doesn't need mankind." Whut. We also visited the visitor center and the geology museum, where a ranger was talking about the geology of the canyon..now that's more like it. My ASMR was going crazy listening to it haha (yeah I'm a nerd :P). The museum had great views of the canyon. We also went to this watchtower, which had great views of the canyon too. On the way to the tower I was reading the book I got on the geology of the canyon and suddenly it said the mountains near Flagstaff were glaciated during a couple Ice Ages!! Wow, I didn't expect to read about glaciers here haha! A picture in the book showed old moraines and stuff..niceee. After that was dinner and relaxing. We saw a few elk this day too! Aww. For some reason I kept seeing people from Alaska..they must have been getting away from the cold like us :P

Today we drove back to Payson, with a stop at Montezuma Well (it's pretty near Montezuma Castle). The well is a sinkhole fed by an underground spring. Weird seeing all that water in the desert lol. There are five animals endemic to the well, including water scorpions and leeches D: (mom read that right after I said I wanted to go swimming, since the water's so warm..uhh NEVERMIND haha). It was a pretty cool place. I think we found 8 geocaches today. I was so glad to get back to the house and take a nap lol. It's nice to just relax. I'll post my pics soon lol
glacier_kitty: (kitty - fence)
Yesterday we decided to take a road trip to the Grand Canyon, though we decided to stay the night at Flagstaff (a couple hours from Payson) so we'd have time to geocache and stuff. We found 10 geocaches, which is pretty awesome lol. When we got to Flagstaff we got a hotel room, went to Barnes and Noble, and had dinner at Olive Garden, yay!

Today's first stop was at Walnut Canyon, where a bunch of Native American cliff dwellings are. Unlike at Montezuma Castle, you could go in to some of the rooms there. You could see dark spots on the walls from their fires. You could see more dwellings on the other side of the canyon where there wasn't a trail. Wow..that must have been an interesting life. I thought it would be awful walking back up the canyon since it's at over 6000 feet, but it wasn't that bad since we went slow. Next we went to Sunset Crater, an old cinder cone (there were a bunch of other cinder cones around too). You could walk around the old lava flows by the Crater..weird, it kinda felt like we were in Hawaii haha. Next was a stop at Wupatki National Monument, which has a bunch of old Native American pueblos. We stopped at the biggest, most intact one..weird they built their homes in the middle of nowhere in the desert lol. It must have been hard work dragging all those rocks to build their home! After that we continued to the Grand Canyon. We saw some kind of cat cross the road! It may have been a bobcat since it didn't have a tail. We saw another javelina too! I hadn't been to the Grand Canyon since elementary school, so it was cool to see it again. It's definitely one of the most amazing things I've ever seen..amazing how a river carved all that. All the colors in the rocks are pretty too. I was definitely hungry so we had dinner and found our hotel. We're gonna stay tomorrow night too. I'm tired after being so busy all day, it's nice to relax lol (I think we found 5 caches today, must keep our streak going lol)
glacier_kitty: (glacier - ice)
Yesterday mom and I went geocaching with our friends Tony and his wife Danelle up the Steese Highway. We wanted to get to mile 85 at Birch Creek to get the cache there, but at mile 82 near Eagle Summit the wind was CRAZY. The wind was blowing at least 50 MPH and it was 1 degree..the windchill must have been -30 or -40!! We still managed to get the cache that was there haha..we're so hardcore. :P Now I see why they close Eagle Summit when there's a snowstorm or something. Still a nice drive, I'd never been that far up the Steese Highway before. I got six caches altogether (we were hoping to get more, but not all of them were winter friendly). I now have 400 caches, yay! We ate dinner at Chatanika Lodge and then went home (so tiredd). Hopefully we can go on more road trips together!

some pics )

Today's trivia: When George Washington died of pneumonia in 1799, his family put him on ice for three days. The White House physician asked to revitalize him by pumping his veins full of lamb's blood and his lungs full of air. Martha Washington declined the offer

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Aug. 27th, 2013 08:04 pm
glacier_kitty: (i love alaska)
I am back from Valdez! It was another sunny day there when I woke up this morning! Wow..that like NEVER happens haha. Usually one of the days I'm there it's raining. Three days in a row must be a record. :P Before we left we checked out a salmon spawning (and dying D:) pond and checked out the icebergs by Valdez Glacier (you can't really see the glacier from the lake). There are companies that'll take you kayaking on the lake..we should do that one of these days. We stopped at Worthington Glacier again since the light was better and ended up hiking to it again haha! How can you not, when the opportunity is there and it's such a nice day? :P (Plus I may not see another glacier for awhile) That may have gotten my face even more sunburned..ouch. After that we just drove home, with a stop for lunch in Paxson. I love how close my apartment is to the Richardson Highway. :P I miss Abby and the other kitties though..aw

I'll post my pics soon, but here's mom's epic video of Columbia Glacier calving! Yes, that is me in the background yelling and freaking out and saying I'm shaking haha (does my voice really sound like that?? D:)

glacier_kitty: (mountains - snowy)
Yesterday my parents and I went up the Steese Highway to see the scenery and pick blueberries (mom said we were going on an adventure haha). We could see the Stuart Creek Fire had flared up again (it's been hot again..most of it's contained though) and saw another new fire further in the hills. When we got near Chatanika Lodge we could see more smoke close to the road..we hoped it wasn't the lodge! Luckily it wasn't..it was this old dredge across the way from the lodge. A guy said it was really historical and was sad to see it burning. He said fire trucks had come (which passed us) but they said it wasn't worth saving and were just gonna let it burn. He thought two GIs might have caused it (later the newspaper said these guys had pulled on a pulley which caused a spark. They ran to the lodge for help but it was too late). We walked up to see it. It was definitely interesting to watch it burn. There's only like 10 of those dredges around the Interior, and someone said that one was the best preserved. That's too bad! After watching for awhile we went down the road a little and picked blueberries. There were a ton of them! It looked like no one else had discovered that patch yet. After that we drove further to check out the Chatanika River. It got smokier too as we got close to that other fire. The river sounded so soothing..I wish I could sleep to it every night! <3 I wanted to see the other fire, but dad didn't want to drive "so far" (and it was late). Later I learned it was only like 5-7 miles further! Aw mann..though the firefighters didn't want people there anyway. We had dinner at Chatanika Lodge (the food took forever to get to us..they were messed up from the dredge fire and people calling and stuff) and drove home. I didn't expect that on the drive up there haha..guess we got our adventure. :P I posted one of my pics on the News-Miner's Facebook page and they posted it on their site! I'm famous! ;) Hehe

pics from the day )

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