Friday, November 24, 2017

Alaska | Denali Star to Talkeetna.

Back in Alaska, it's Friday, August 25 and we're headed to Talkeetna aboard the Alaska Railroad's Denali Star. The train left Anchorage at 8:15 am; we had to be at the depot at 7:15 to check in. We stopped for quick photo in front of the historic No. 1 engine (pretty good smiles for such an early morning!)

This train offered GoldStar service - it's awesome! There was one other group in the car with us; it almost seemed like our own private train.

The ride to Talkeetna is just under three hours with one stop at Wasilla. It was a cloudy day, but the views were still spectacular.

We enjoyed breakfast in the newly decorated dining car.
our table mates
The painting behind the seats is one of a series of 16 reverse glass paintings designed and painted by Ayse Gilbert specifically for the GoldStar dining cars.

Talkeetna is ... quaint. I read somewhere that the town of Cicely (from the TV show Northern Exposure) was based on Talkeetna. If you remember Cicely, you know Talkeetna!

We enjoyed lunch and beer - finally, local Alaska beer! - at the Denali Brewpub.

After lunch, Steve and Lydia took a flight tour (Lydia blogged about it here) while the rest of us visited the museum and walked down to the Susitna River. More beautiful views! If you look closely, you can almost see Mt Denali off in the distance.

We had time for one more round of beer before heading back to the station.

The ride back to Anchorage seemed even more scenic. It also included dinner (in that same beautiful dining car).

One thing you don't see in any of my photos is a moose. I finally gave up ... unlike most of the other travelers. You'd hear "Moose" and almost everyone jumped up, camera at the ready, to see. I decided moose are even harder than whales to photograph!

We got back to Anchorage just after 8:00 pm. ...and went to bed 😊.

Happy Friday, y'all!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday | Thirty-four Years.

On Sunday, Marc and I celebrated our 34th anniversary and he shared a few two-of-us throwback photos on Instagram. A few were actually new to me and I asked him to send them to me. 
from the cover of our wedding album
engagement photo - fall, 1983 
November 19, 1983 
at Katie's wedding - a favorite!
this summer - and technically three of us :-)
So this will be our 35th Thanksgiving together as a married couple. We spent our first Thanksgiving in Cancun (honeymoon) and I don't remember much about Thanksgiving dinner that year except that it was a hotel buffet. The next year, though, we were in Illinois, visiting my parents.
previously shared in this post - more knitting history!
Since then, we've spent every Thanksgiving with family ... mine, Marc's and eventually "ours". This year, we'll be getting together with family later in the weekend, but today, it's just the two of us (again). I opted out of a traditional meal - instead, we're having turkey sandwiches and a few sides ... likely in front of the television. I think we're both looking forward to it!

We have much to be thankful for ... and the two of us together is definitely a big part of that.

Wishing you and yours a most Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Unraveled Wednesday | New Stash!

Marc's sisters have been working hard at his mom's house sorting through everything. Yesterday, 500 pounds of boxes arrived at our house (the palette was nearly seven feet tall!) and one of them had my name on it - yarn! My mother-in-law was an avid knitter and knitting was a special connection for us (I shared some of that story a few years back). I'm not sure if my sisters-in-law sent me all the unknit yarn, or just what they thought I might like - wanna see?

I spent a few hours this morning* sorting it, taking a photos and searching Ravelry for details about the yarn and project suggestions. There are six skeins of Cascade headed to a girlfriend who loves it; I'm thinking Lydia might enjoy these two sweater quantities (the colors will be great on her!);

and I'm going to see if my sister wants to share this pile. It's mostly wool/acrylic DK and looks great for house socks!

Then there's an afghan quantity of Sirdar Denim in navy blue that I'll knit up for the little boys ... and the rest I plan to knit for me! I added the yarn to my stash on Ravelry and queued three projects

I'm excited about all of them! 

The only yarn I'm not sure what to do with is this one
It's nine skeins of Rowan Purelife Renew (~740 yards of chunky weight) in a red/pink/green colorway called Pick Up. The colors (and that mix of colors!) are definitely outside my box, but I think I like it ... maybe a big cowl or a scarf? I'd welcome suggestions!

Joining in with Kat and friends today - what are you knitting (and reading)?

*that's the real "unraveled" part of this post; I should've been prepping food for tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tuesdays are for Poetry.

from this morning's walk - couldn't resist the tumble of colors

You can't stop turning it round and round,
stained glass shaken and fallen
thought the kaleidoscope of years --
every twist a patterned whorl, story
of petalled flowers or shattered world --
and if you keep turning, another tale unfolds,
kind or cruel, same facts mirrored
through other minds, other times --
and every refracted look is another life,
this handful of ruby and emerald shards.

- Robin Chapman (from Six True Things)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Birthday Weekending.

Friday was my birthday, and there's not a much better way to kick-off a weekend.

Except with a sunrise walk.

Followed by lunch out with Katie at one of my favorite places.

Snacks for dinner (and enough leftovers that we didn't cook Saturday either).

Knitting with a girlfriend and a Holiday Spice Flat White.

And a glorious Sunday morning run. 

Loved all the comments here and on Instagram, plus text messages, emails, and a huge stack of snail mail. Feeling truly blessed. Thank you!

and Happy Monday! (yikes, it's almost dark ... I hope the rest of this week doesn't fly by quite so quickly!)