Alaska 2019 part 2

2019 alaska_0053_std.jpg2019 alaska_0057_stdAbove is a sternwheeler.  We did not ride on this one, but we rode one later.

2019 alaska_0054_stdDebbie in the blue coat headed for the “Nugget” store.

2019 alaska_0056_stdSkulls of two moose, (by the way, the plural of “moose” is not “mooses” or “meese,” just moose) that interlocked antlers during mating season.  One died outright, the other died of either starvation or by natural predators.

2019 alaska_0058_stdAnother store in Dawson.

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Now. for the fun part:  At Diamond Tooth Gertie’s, Debbie and I were sitting close to the stage when the four can-can girls came down.  One of them threw her skirt over my head.  Then the girls chose me  and three other guys to go on stage and can-can with them.  After about one minute of instruction, they loaned me this skirt so it would look “real.”  Looks good on me, doncha’ think?

2019 alaska_0060_stdI may have worn it a little too high on the waist.

2019 alaska_0061_stdDiamond Tooth Gertie asked me to take off the garter.  I gave Debbie a sly look.

2019 alaska_0062_stdI’m doing my can-can thing!!

2019 alaska_0063_stdTaking my bow.

2019 alaska_0064_stdAha!  I got the garter!!  I had to give back the skirt, but I kept the garter as a souvenir!  And a great evening was had by all.


2019 Alaska Cruise

In June 2019, Debbie and I were blessed to be able to take a Holland America land – sea cruise to Alaska.  It was scheduled for May of 2018, but, unfortunately, I fell and broke my hip and couldn’t make it.  The tour agency was kind enough to let us delay the trip without penalty.  I thought that was very kind of them.  It was a GREAT trip.  Anyway, we flew from Atlanta to Vancouver, B.C., and the next day to Whitehorse in the Yukon.  I have posted a few photos on my facebook page, so I’ll  not bore you with a rerun.

2019 alaska_0042_stdThis hotel was at our next stop – Dawson city, the beginning point of the gold rush day of the mid 1800’s.  This is a really neat town – it still has dirt streets and wooden sidewalks.  All I needed was to strap on a six-gun to feel like Wyatt Earp.  We stayed at this hotel, the Westmark, which is owned by Holland America.  Very nice hotel.

2019 alaska_0043_stdOne of the dirt streets with wooden sidewalks.  All that was missing were horses tied to the hitching posts instead of S.U.V.’s.

2019 alaska_0044_stdSide street beside the hotel.

2019 alaska_0045_stdThe wooden sidewalks were well maintained.

2019 alaska_0046_stdYou can tell by the streets that we had a rainy day.  The street had a lot of gravel on them, so they didn’t get as muddy as they are sometimes depicted in movies.

2019 alaska_0047_stdAnother of the many nice hotels in Dawson.

2019 alaska_0048_stdI have no idea what this is, but I’m sure it has to do with the gold mining industry.

Below are a few if the businesses in Dawson city.



The draft oxen pull is one of Debbie’s and my favorite events.  We spent many hours watching this.  A day or two later, they had the draft horse pull, but we missed that, but we’ve seen the horses in past years.


Each of those concrete blocks weighs 600 lbs.  So, these two are pulling 3 tons on a sliding sled with no wheels.


These two are  pulling 4800 lbs.


Sometimes, the oxen get a mind of their own and are a bit hard to handle.



Another 3 ton load.


A decorated bicycle adorns the side of South Road.


Another of my attempts at a fine art photo.


As the sun goes down on our summer on the Vineyard, we will be leaving very early Tuesday morning to catch the 7:30 AM ferry to the mainland.  With the Lord’s protection, we will get to Macon in about a week, after spending a few days at Bar Harbor, Maine.  God bless you and thanks for following us on our blog.

We are looking forward to our next adventure.



At the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair, a shepherd brought a flock of sheep with which to give a shearing demonstration.


He kept telling the sheep he was not going to hurt them, but they were not convinced.  They protested quite loudly.


The kids really enjoyed the demonstration.


See there!  That didn’t hurt even a little bit, now did it?


There was a bonsai tree display in the agricultural hall.


That looks like a fun hobby to get into.  A little slow in seeing results, maybe.  But fun and educational.


I love the weird, twisted shapes that result.


I’ve posted pictures of draft oxen before, but they are a lot of fun to watch.  The whip the girl has does not hurt them.  It’s just used to guide them.


Beautiful animals!!


However, I don’t think I’d be whipping a 2-3 ton animal with horns.


This little girl is dwarfed by the size of these beasts!



Today, a few more miscellaneous ramblings around the Vineyard.  Tropical storm Gert stirred up a few big waves on Lucy Vincent Beach.


Normally, the waves on this beach are not nearly this big.


I love the look of a beach in the mist.



Taking a stroll along a misty beach.


Sometimes, Debbie loses her head at the beach.


An osprey soars above looking for a meal.


The ferry system that takes cars and pedestrians across to Chappaquiddick.

See ya next time.



Today, we’ll take a look at some miscellaneous scenes on the Vineyard.  This is a shack that fishermen rent to store fishing gear on the Menemsha Harbor.


A beautiful sailboat makes its way out of Menemsha Harbor past the jetties to the  open sea,


A mama turkey and her chicks eat the seeds that have fallen from the bird feeder over head in our side yard.


Debbie’s yellow day lilies are sometimes attacked by Japanese beetles.  For some reason, they only eat the yellow ones.



A Menemsha sunset as seen from the family room of Debbie’s cottage.


Wind on the Vineyard makes for perfect kite flying conditions.


There is a glass blowing business here.  They have been in business since 1992.  Seems like a perfect winter time job.


They do beautiful work….


……and it is quite pricey.  As you may be able to see on the tag behind this piece, it is $9000.00.  A rather expensive paper weight.

Our next post will be a continuation of miscellaneous ramblings.



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Last time, we took a tour of the Mytoi Japanese garden on Chappaquiddick Island.  Today, we’ll go to the Cape Poge Lighthouse on the northern tip of the island.

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First though, we’ll cross the famous Ted Kennedy bridge as seen pictured in the two above photographs.

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We must have frightened a flock of birds.

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Here is the Cape Poge Lighthouse.  This is probably the most remote place on Martha’s Vineyard.  It’s quite an ordeal to get there – at least for our guide who was driving the truck.

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Looking down the spiral staircase.

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This is our tour guide, Jack Kimberly.  He is a great guy and really knows his stuff when it comes to the history of the lighthouse.  We’ve taken this tour three times, and Jack is by far the best guide we’ve had.

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This is our group: me, Debbie, and Mala and Bill McCormick.

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These next 4 pictures are a panoramic view as seen from the top of the lighthouse.

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This house has only solar power.

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On the way back from the lighthouse, we were greeted by a couple of American Oyster Catchers.

I haven’t come up with our next outing yet, but I’ll try to come up with something.