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August, 2005 - Issue #51

 

BOB AND CAMILLE IN ALASKA AND ANYTOWN, USA.

 

GUSTAVUS

 Our month begins here, in Gustavus, Alaska. For more pictures of this idyllic town of 429, click on Gustavus.

 

WATCH OUT

What is Bob looking at from the safety of the trees at the edge of this bog?

He spotted a moose and her youngster grazing quietly together.  For more photos of our wanderings with Pamela through the Alaskan Forests in and around Glacier Bay National Park, go to Walking on the Wild Side.

 

MEANWHILE

Life on the home front gets more and more creative as for instance, Pamela chooses a pickle to garnish her beverage of choice. For more pictures of life on the home front, click on Pamela's Woodsy Home.

 

WHAT'S FOR DINNER?

Camille and Bob gather goose tongue for dinner. For more photos of the many abundant edibles in the Glacier Bay area, click on Eat, Drink and be Merry.

 

ON THE WATER

Kayaking the glacier bay on August 7th.

BEER BREAK!

Ever the peerless outfitter, Pamela tucked 3 beers in her back for a mid-afternoon surprise.

 

ANOTHER ROADSIDE ATTRACTION

The forest was abundant with all kinds of mushrooms, including this cute column of marching mushrooms.  Check out some of the other mushrooms we saw at Roadside Attractions.

 

OH BOY

Here we go again, moving 32 boxes from storage (see Moving from Maui December, 2004) into our new home on August 18.  Within 4 days of stepping off the plane from Alaska, we found and rented an apartment,  borrowed a truck, got our stuff out of storage, set up the kitchen and the computer,  bought a used car, and bought groceries and fresh produce for our first home cooked meal.

Camille takes a breather with a bottle of beer in the new kitchen.

 

THE MANY FACES OF BOB

 

 

Bob grew his beard for one month, just to see what color it would come in and then shaved it off a little at a time.  We saw a little more gray this time than there was a few years ago.  This process reminded both of us of that game we had as kids which consisted of a man's face under plastic, a magnet and a few ounces of metal filings.

 

FARMER'S MARKET

We picked the right time of year to move as evidenced from our weekly take from the Farmer's Market only two blocks away.

 

CLOSE TO EVERYTHING

A view of the path from the market to our home.  We live in the middle of a very small town.  We pick up our mail at the post office just 2 blocks away and the library is only 3 a block walk.  The grocery store is a 10 minute walk (5 blocks).

 

THE PARK

One of several, this park in the center of town is a nice place to go read a book under the big trees.  Bob poses under an arch that was taken from the old elementary school and given new life in the park.

Bob rides his bike along the path behind this interesting piece of sculpture in the park.

 

HIDDEN POND

   

Nestled in the center of the residential district, we found this quiet pond.  Bob sits on the shore with his bike to the left in the first photo.  We are able to leave the car at home for everything outside of social visits.

 

COMING TOGETHER

Amazingly, the apartment looks like a home just 10 days later on August 28th.  This is our desk and the computer we use to watch movies, write emails, and update the TroutsFarm.  We were able to furnish the apartment with an inexpensive combination of new, used, thrift shop and garage sale items.  For instance, Bob found this desk for $25 at a garage sale.

 

LIGHT FROM THE SKY

Our landlords did a nice thing when they installed this skylight over the kitchen.

 

ALONG FOR THE RIDE

Over 40 years ago, Camille found a black plastic horse on the ground and has kept it all these years.  At it's feet is a chocolate stone from the sand pits behind Nana's house.  The horse and wagons and viking ship, also from the 60's, were gifts from a nice couple on City Island.  Archived in Camille's memory as "The Plants," they kept these prizes from their breakfast cereal and handed them out to the neighborhood kids.  The zebra, was one of many plastic animals given by family over the years.  Despite many moves, this handful of mementos from childhood have managed to survive the many down-sizing cuts and come along for the ride.

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

"There is one advantage to having nothing; it never needs repair." - Frank A. Clark

"I have the world's largest collection of seashells.  I keep it on all the beaches of the world.  Perhaps you've seen it." - Steven Wright

"Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops." - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Visit Plastic Farm Animals to find out what we are really thinking.

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