May 11, 2017 – Our third day of our move was still spent on the ferry. We were headed from Juneau to Ketchikan. Ketchikan is a beautiful little town located at the Southern end of Alaska just before you hit Canada. It’s the first town you stop at as you head North to Alaska via the Inland Passage. The photos below are from this day and this is the stunning sunset we viewed from the ferry as we began leaving this quaint little town.
May 10, 2017 – Our second day travelling, May 10, 2017, was the first full day we spent on the ferry. Leaving Prince William Sound headed towards our first stop of Juneau meant we spent the day crossing the Gulf of Alaska.
I was a bit nervous ahead of time because on our way to Alaska, back in 2014, we hit rough seas for this portion of the trip. We had seas of 16 to 18 feet and both my husband and I had to finally break down & take Dramamine. Luckily this time i was relatively calm and sunny meaning I spent most of my time out on this deck area taking photographs.
Well, it took a while but we finally made it to the Lower 48 and back to the East Coast! Take a look at this Lightroom generated map of our trip. It’s compiled using the GPS information in my cell phone photos.
Told you it was a lo-o-o-o-o-ng trip!
As I previously mentioned, my husband and I are in the middle of moving from Alaska to the mid-Atlantic Coastal region of the “Lower 48”. After three years of living in the USA’s “Last Frontier”, it’s been a bit of a job to get everything together in preparation for this move.
This has been made more difficult by the fact that my husband is already in the Lower 48 as he had to start his new job before we could catch the ferry out of Alaska. So I’ve been dealing with the packing & sorting & organizing & planning (*whew*) by myself. But all of this is finally coming to a close.
This weekend was beautiful here in Whittier, Alaska so I got out to grab a few photos before we leave. Often the weather here is very questionable (the locals have a saying that goes like “It’s always sh*ttier in Whittier” – which is unfair but has an element of truth to it – it rains here – A LOT!) So I wanted to take advantage of the good weather before the rains returned.
You may have come across some news articles about this remote, small town in Alaska. It has been featured on some national news programs such as “Welcome To Whittier, Alaska, A Community Under One Roof“ from NPR’s “All Things Considered” and CNN’s “Northern Enclosure, Alaska’s One-House Town, Home to Hundreds“ primarily because of the unique housing most of the residents here utilize.
Most, but by all means not “all”, of Whittier’s residents reside in the 14-story building named “Begich Towers”. Locals refer to it simply as the “BTI”. There is another condominium building in Whitter, simply called the Whittier Manor and if the residents don’t live in BTI they pretty much live in the Manor. There really aren’t any other choices besides a handful of “dry cabins”.
A collection of my photographs taken around various locations on Nantucket Island in 2004.
A small gallery of my photographs celebrating sunsets on Nantucket Island from when I lived there in 2004.
By far Nantucket has the best Fourth of July celebration I’ve every experienced. I’ve been to many different locations across the USA during this holiday and this is the best of all of them.
My favorite part is the huge water fight that takes place on main street with fire hoses and hundreds of people. Take a peek at the photos for an idea as to what this holiday is like “on island”. These are from 2004.
One of my favorite things about Nantucket is the flowers. Their everywhere. Every charming little home seems to have an adorable garden, every hidden path seems to be framed by wild flowers and the air is thick with their perfume.
It’s just another reason this island is so special.
The Nantucket Daffodil Festival, or “Daffy Days” is held at the end of April each year and it’s an event like no other I’ve had the pleasure of attending.
Here are some photos I took at the 2004 event when we lived on Island.
More info on the Festival can be found at daffodilfestival.com
A few of my photos celebrating all things water from 2004 when we lived on Nantucket Island.