We just returned from an adventurous trip to Alaska and are blessed to have visited there twice. This trip was planned for August 2020, but “you-know-what” happened and the trip was cancelled. Things seemed pretty much back to normal, but some restaurants had closed and some places were short-staffed, but that seems to be the current situation all over the U.S.
Previously I made scrapbooks of our travel adventures but stopped doing so a few years ago. When we moved last year, I realized just how many trip scrapbooks I’ve made, how much work I put into them, and how little we look at them. However, after each trip that I did not scrap, there was a feeling of disappointment and let-down because nothing was documented and because we had just a smattering of photos on our cell phones. However, I think I’ve found a happy medium.
Because it is Draw A Bird day (unofficially), here are two of the many species of birds we saw. I have always wanted to see a Puffin in its own environment, and boy were there puffins (horned and tufted)! The ravens are bold and huge and likely could feed a family of four, but that’s probably not recommended 😉
It’s joyful to remember where these quick-ish sketches (definitely not masterpieces) were created, and the plan is to feature some favorites over the next couple of weeks. Do you document your trips? What methods do you use? Take care ❤
I’ve used Paint My Photo and other various internet sites to find subject matter in the past, and they are great for inspiration. While perusing my computer for a specific photo recently, I came across so many amazing photos taken by my shutterbug husband and friends and found many fun subjects to paint. This cute little sea lion photo was taken by my friend Ronda when a group of us visited Alaska quite a few years ago. I believe she saw this pup while on a whale-watching excursion, but sea lions were plentiful in the glacial waters we explored.
Alaskan Sea Lion Pup
My favorite place we saw sea lions was around the gigantic Hubbard Glacier, which is up to 400 feet tall and over six miles wide where it meets the ocean! I was in awe of its grandeur and gorgeous blue colors, not to mention its sound – yes, glaciers are noisy. There is lots of creaking and cracking as ice breaks apart or bumps together, and when a chunk splits and falls, also known as calving, it makes a thunderous sound! A calved chunk of ice is called an iceberg. Icebergs smaller than a car are usually called growlers, and larger ones are called bergy bits.
A section of the Hubbard Glacier
But I digress – the sea lions swam happily around the glacier and all the floating bergs. The ship had to stay a certain distance away from the magnificent glacier, and the sea lions appeared to be smaller than the size of pinhead. It was a little like playing Where’s Waldo, but once you spotted a couple they were easier to find. Can you tell I am in awe of the Hubbard Glacier? 🙂 Thanks, Ronda, for allowing me to use your photo!