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Jul 26, 2010 - Dirt roads + bikers + rain = covered in mud

Today we dressed for biking in the rain and headed over to the bike rental to get a bike for Auntie Wigit. The first bike she tried was one Grammie would have liked, with a big well padded seat as well as a small frame. And so we set out on our biking adventure, traveling dirt roads and dirt and loose gravel bike paths. Along the road we had to avoid massive brownish puddles and sometimes go through them. As we skirted the edge of the lake we could see out across it, it's a very blue lake. Every now and then we'd see a mile marker and a...

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Jul 25, 2010 - Animals of Land and Sea

Today we went to the Seabean Cafe for breakfast and to use the Internet. It's a nice little place, complete with underwater pictures on the menu blackboard. They were selling "I'm with stupid" shirts that had a picture of the continental US and Alaska with an arrow coming from Alaska to point at a star that was Washington D.C. At the cafe we met a photographer who was thinking about getting an IPad. After that we went down the street to the aquarium and rehab. There was lots of fish, including a silvery blind sockeye and a greenling which...

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Jul 12, 2010 - Tandem Kayaking

We spent a night at Eklutna Lake Campground in Chugach State Park. It was such a nice park we decided to spend a second night. This park gets lots of use. there is a major ATV trail along the lake and families were out riding and camping from thier ATVs. On our second morning we tried out a tandem sea kayak. What a great way to spend a sunny morning. Eklutna is a glacier fed lake so the water is a milky green. Looks like a mint milkshake. Cold.... my goodness...is the water ever cold. George and I did pretty well together, first time ever...

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Jul 14, 2008 - Eklutna & Alaska Native Heritage Center

On Monday the 14th of July we went to Eklutna, a small village between Palmer and Anchorage. Eklutna is the site of a Russian Orthodox Church. The original log church building was standing and was decorated with standard orthodox icons and configured for service. The church graveyard has spirit houses as grave markers. Spirit houses are a tradition of the local native culture. The spirit houses are very colorful, color denotes family lines. Some of the spirit houses are very elaborate. Other interesting features are a blanket over the grave...

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Apr 23, 2008 - Wasilla to Eagle Rive and Eklutna

Have been doing some sightseeing (duh!). Went to the Eagle River Conservation Center. Also went to the Thunderbird Falls. Both were a bit of a hike (about a mile each) and well worth it. Not many animals but we saw an eagle and a woodpecker. The eagle flew right overhead about 30 feet away. Got a pic as he was flying away. I am very proud of Rose, doing all that hiking and enjoying it. The Dena'ina Indian people are the first residents of Eklutna(1650) and they combine their native beliefs with those of the Russian Orthodox church. This is...

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