Tuesday, August 3, 2010
NORTH TO ALASKA!
It's AUGUST in Oklahoma! That translates into a "severe weather warning" as the temperatures soar above the 100 degree mark on the thermometer on my patio. The streets outside my house are deserted as even the children are sequestered into their air-conditioned houses. There are no bicycle races up and down the street today. There is no laughter heard outside. Dogs aren't being walked and no physical fitness runners are racing by my window. Neighbors aren't pulling weeds from their flower gardens or visiting with their friends across the yard. The scene is something out of a sci-fi movie.
It's a lonely picture. Where DID all the people go??
How DID those pioneer folks stand the heat?
Yep, AUGUST in Oklahoma makes me long for ALASKA! That state has to be the most beautiful in the nation. I'm daydreaming about those glaciers dropping huge walls of ice into the sea. I'm wondering if the sled dogs are still happily pulling tourist around on the top of the ice. Are the salmon being grilled on the outdoor pitts?
I remember being wrapped up in a huge woolly blanket leaning on the balcony rail of the cruise ship watching the seal pups playing chase in the water. Whales blew water out their spout on the horizon. Huge black bears caught fish along the water bank. The farther north we went the colder it got! It was wonderful!
The picturesque towns of Sitka, Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau are calling my name.
Those towns were alive with activity and excitement. The locals welcomed the cruise ships into their harbors.
It was COLD that August in Alaska a few years ago. It was the summer dream vacation.
Yep, it's time to pull out the scrapbook of ALASKA!
I wonder what those natives do and where they go in the WINTER!!!