Friday, June 22, 2007

Knoedler Family Trip Continued

Grandpop getting ready to board the float plane for a spectacular flightseeing adventure.
Who knew these ice fields were part of our backyard?
Just ahead, between those pointy peaks, is where we started to hit some major chop.....
.......resulting in me looking like this and taking a "doggie bag" with me off the plane.

View of the glacier and lounging sea lions from the whale watching tour boat.
Captain Larry keeping the course and the passengers entertained.
Nova's whale watching fashion choice.....her typical brand of flair.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Knoedler Family's First Juneau Visit

Great grandmom Rosie and Nova among the Lupin at Eagle Beach.
We are here.
Nova's first glimpse of the new playground at Twin Lakes.... this was a community effort to fundraise and build. Nova is thrilled as you can see.
Shawn and Denny in front of the rapidly retreating Mendenhall Glacier.... lots of "icebergs" in the lake this year.
Denny snapping a shot of an eagle on the pump house. Avalanche chute on Mt. Roberts still thawing in the background.
Gail and Denny.... first misty day in the magical mists of Sandy Beach.

Nova flanked by her adoring female gene pool.
Four generations of Knoedlers.

"Night-time" view from the cabin.... though it never gets much darker than this in June.

Sitka Sprint

Photos from the Julie Hughes triathlon in Sitka.... slightly out of order and regrettably no action shots. One year ago, my friend Stephanie inspired me to "compete" in a triathlon. My goal, to finish gracefully and without injury.

Who better to partake in this awesome experience than a burly crew of Ketchikan expats? Milenka, Laura, me, Jill and Jamie.... a pre-race pose at the staging area looking fresh and only slightly nervous.

Southeast archipelago and the gorgeous sunny weather that stayed with us all three days. Sitka reminded us what "real southeast" felt like. Absolutely beautiful. Good to be in a place where everyone looks you in the eye with a "hello" and a smile.

A 5 mile run, 10 mile bike and 1000 meter swim later and we're getting around well enough to check out Sitka's nightlife at the renowned P Bar.Back at the hotel just after the race, sporting my lucky number 24 and feeling very proud to have finished my first triathlon. One of many I hope!