Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Anniversary Trip

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We have been pretty busy lately. Greg's leg is almost back to normal, just in time for our anniversary weekend trip. Our weather here has begun to cool off dramatically. In fact, we got the first taste of snow on September 26th. It is called termination dust because it signals the end of summer and warns that the first big snow is right around the corner. I know it is hard to see the snow in the pictures but it sure was exciting to watch. It didn't add up to any accumulation in the city but the mountain tops are tipped in white and we know that the snow will begin its progression down the slopes and into town soon.
We rented a car this Saturday morning and headed south. We decided to drive down the Sterling Highway and go wherever the road led us. We saw more beluga whales along the Turnagain Arm as we headed out of town. Oddly enough, we didn't see a single "tourist goat" on the mountain along this area. The tourist goats are the ones that come down the mountains near Beluga Point and stand near the road. This often causes traffic back-ups as people try to capture them with their cameras. Maybe since the tourists are gone, the goats have also gone to their off-season homes.

The fall leaves have begun to turn colors as you can tell from this photo. This picture was taken along the Kenai River between Cooper Landing and Sterling. We stopped in Sterling and ate lunch. We continued down the highway and decided to head on to Homer. This stretch of the Sterling Highway offered some beautiful views of the mountains across the waters of the inlet. We stopped along the way and took pictures of a couple of volcanoes. These 2 volcanoes, Mount Iliamna and Mount Redoubt, which had a small eruption in 2009, were the first volcanoes we had ever seen up close. Well, if you can call 52 miles away a close distance. Still, they were quite impressive and a little menacing! Mount Redoubt is in the picture behind me and Mount Iliamna is in the background of Greg's picture.

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