:: Alaska August 2006 ::
These pictures are my trip to Alaska at the end of August 2006. The Alaskan coast can see 300 days of rain a year. Upon arrival Alaska had seen 3 weeks straight of rain in the Anchorage area that washed out roads and railroad track. Alaska can be depressing and extremely beautiful all the the same time. I will hope to go back there again. You can not get to the western part of the state by car. Only by boat, plane or mush it (dog sled). Some part are very much like the lower 48 others are not even close. I traveled to five parts of Alaska this trip, Seward, Homer, Girdwood, Mount McKinley and Denali. Mt. McKinley is in the southern half of the National Park and the vistor center is in the North and the tundra. Enjoy the pictures and let me know what you think. Kit
:: Hiking Arizona and surrounding area ::
Hikes are anything that is a day drive from Phoneix. Southern Utah and Neveda are popular areas for Phoenix hikers and Photos from those hikes are included here.
:: The Big Island - Hawaii August 2007 ::
This is my August trip to the Big Island. I started in Hilo and stayed at the Dolphin Bay Hotel. The owner John, is an expert on photographing lava. I got his advice on what to take pictures of and where I could find hot flowing lava. He advised, given the direction the lava was flowing, the only way to see lava was by helicopter. It had been flowing to the ocean in June and you could walk up to it. While I was in Hawaii the lava flowed east away from the ocean. East from Pu'u O'o (The active volcanic crater) and into National Forest Land. The lava burns the forest as it cools and created interesting sights.
:: Rocky Point October 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012 ::
These pictures are my trips to the Mayan Place, Rocky Point, Mexico.
The 2007 trip to Rocky Point was with my sisters Helaine and Lynne. Louie came along to keep me company; he is my brother in law and Helaine's husband. The trip was at the end of October 2007. My Birthday was October 20th. It was a fun little trip. We stayed at the Mayan Place 20 miles east of downtown Rocky Point. Helaine died April 20, 2008. This was her last trip out of the United States and the last time she really had some fun traveling. I am very happy we had this last trip together. I will miss her.
The trip in 2008 was with Lynne, Mom and my friend Renee. The weather was hot until Saturday and we left on a Sunday. I like my stay at the Mayan Place, the place is very low key and not to many people. The beach at sunrise and sunset is an amazing place, unbelievable amounts of color. Renee had her espresso maker and we were in pig heaven. Pete's coffee and foamed soy milk to make our latte. It gets no better. The car battery died sometime early Sunday and we had to jump the car to make our way home. I put a new battery in the car as soon as we got to Phoenix. Trust me, there are reason's to thank God!
:: The Wave Galleries ::
My first hike to the Wave on the Utah Arizona border. We hiked the wave May 7th 2010, Marge's birthday. The Wave is a special place and requires BLM permits to hike to the Wave. I also have pictures going in and some from the surrounding area. Also, special to me, are a collections of pictures taken of California Condors, who roost at the Navajo Bridge on Highway 89A. The bridge crosses 400 feet above the Colorado River.
:: Turkey and St. Paul January 2011 ::
My trip to Turkey to visit the some of the places St. Paul travel to in Turkey, Dec 27th 2010 to Jan 9th 2011.
:: The Midway, San Diego, CA ::
The Midway, San Diego, CA May 27 2011. This is my tour of the Ship with Ned as my guide and my friend Neal. Ned was in the Navy and spent spent significant time on the Midway. He had over 450 carrier flight while in the Navy. This photo collection serves as tribute to Memorial Day.
:: Summer Vacation in New Mexico ::
This vacation I traveled to New Mexico. I started by driving through Springerville and Alpine Arizona. Pictures of the Wallow Fire damage can be seen. The hardest hit town was Greer with several cabins burnt in the southeast corner of the village. The fire was keep out of Alpine and Springerville with the hillside burning but the town not. I started in Pinos Altos, New Mexico and drove a very pretty road going north, hwy 15. That got me to Lake Roberts and connected me with hwy 152 another amazing highway. That got me to Hatch for chili and on to Alamogordo, New Mexico to vist white sands. From there I went to the Mesalands dinosaur museum at Tucumcari. Going home I stopped at the visitor center for the VLA, the large radio telescope west of Socorro, New Mexico. It was a great trip.
:: The Black Hills of South Dakota ::
The Black Hills of South Dakota, plus Devils Tower, The Little Big Horn, The Buffalo Bill Cody Museum and the Thermopolis Dinosaur Museum. Pictures were taken on my vacation from July 20 to August 2 of 2012.