Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
This year my visit to Summerfest was short-lived, but it was still a great time. I got some great earrings from her, and I had a good time trying to get some fun pictures. Some worked, some didn't. The second one looks super fake... not quite sure why.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Plus there are some really attractive cowboys out there. (Please note: I do not consider cowboy-ogling a good enough reason to go to a rodeo... it's just an added bonus, like any other sport -- notably baseball).
This Tuesday some friends and I went to the Spanish Fork Rodeo. It was a blast!! Here are some of my favorite pictures.
I didn't know horses were this flexible!
My favorite :: Mutton Busting!! (too bad the sheep look possessed)
The Clown did a Motorcycle trick jumping over a truck and horse trailer.
And, of course... it's not complete without bull riding!
There's always a certain level of anxiety at the rodeo. Maybe not for everyone. But I find myself constantly holding my breath, waiting for someone to have their neck broken or get rolled over by an enormous bucking bull with sharp horns. Does anyone else feel that way at the rodeo? Do any of you even go to rodeos??
By the end of the rodeo we were all sore from sitting on the horrible bleachers, we had dirt everywhere (crunchy teeth...yuck), and I had lost the lens cap to my camera... but it was worth it.
Now I just need to know when the next rodeo is so I can make someone take a picture of me in my new awesome cowboy hat. :)
Friday, July 25, 2008
It was an awesome weekend. Thanks for letting us come play!!
I'm actually surprised that I like them at all, since I usually tend towards very sparse, modern design... but I think they're just amazing.
I found these on this page of istockphoto.com.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
We left right away for the Anchorage side of the mountain. To get there, though, you have to go through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel that they dug right through the mountain. It's so narrow they can only let one lane of traffic from each side go through at a time, plus it's also the tunnel for trains to come through, so we sat there and waited for quite a while. It was kind of creepy because it was so narrow, low, and long.
But we made it through to the other side of the mountain (of course!) where we explored areas around the Sterling Highway and Skilak Lake for most of the day and I got to take some pictures of gorgeous scenery and a cute little bear!
Harvard Glacier is the biggest. You can see all of the streaks in the glacier--that is were boulders that were either frozen in the glacier or trapped under it were slowly ground into dirt by the constant shifting and moving of the glacier towards the water.
Harvard and Yale Glaciers at the top of College Fjord.
I don't know which glacier this is, but it shows how rough and rugged they really are. I always thought of glaciers as really smooth and pure white. Yeah, not so much the case with these ones.
I took this picture just to show how the landscape looks after a glacier retreats. You can see all of the dirt that the glacier has deposited as it has melted and retreated up the side of the mountain.
But here are some of the highlight pictures from Sitka.
The first two are from a clan house. The top picture is more representative of the real colors. The second one looked wierd with a flash, so I turned it off. It was really cool, though... the entire wall was covered with these oar-like things.
And, of course, there was a statue (big, fake bear... close enough), so I had to pose with it... it's all a part of being my father's daughter. :) I can't help myself.
On the way to church we passed this random old bus that I thought looked kind of cool.
This train took people up to the top of the mountain nearby so they could bike down or go on tours of mines, etc.
Once we got back to the ship, Hap and I watched the guys play chess--for about two minutes. That got boring really fast, so I took some pictures and called it good. I've never learned the rules of chess, and I'm not strategic enough to be good, so it really doesn't hold any interest for me. But the huge chessboard looked kind of cool.
And this was the view when we started cruising for Sitka.