The summer sure hasn’t slowed down. Right after my workshop to Lake Clark I drove back to Skagway. I did get to see some grizzly bears late at night on the drive, and that was really cool. I was exhausted when I got back to Skagway, but there was no time for that! I needed to catch up on everything from when I was gone, and Twila and my sister and her husbands’ family were coming before July 4th.
I was so excited to pick up Twila from the airport in Whitehorse on July 2nd! It had been way to long since we had been together, and the summer time is crazy and we don’t get to be together nearly as much as we want. On the morning of the 3rd Cara and her family flew in, and it was great to have them here too. It was my sister and her family’s first time in Alaska, which is always exciting. We all took the train into the mountains in the afternoon, and that was fun. At night we had a fire and roasted s’mores and just had a good relaxing evening.
July 4th is always a fun day in Skagway, with lots of festivities. It decided to rain all day, which put a damper on the day. But we still went out and enjoyed as much of it as we could. The next morning we were all flying out of Skagway, but going to different places. My sisters flight was suppose to leave at 5 a.m. and ours was at 8 a.m. When we got to the tiny airport they were still there because of low clouds and the planes couldn’t fly. So Twila and I jumped in on the card game and we all waited for the clouds to clear.
This is fairly common in Alaska, but still frustrating. They finally got to leave at 9 a.m., but we still couldn’t leave. We finally left at 11 a.m. and took two flights to get to Gustavus, which is right beside Glacier Bay National Park. Because of our delays we missed our whale watching trip, so instead we had a nice relaxing evening and rode our bikes down to the beach. It was nice to relax for a little while!
On the 5th and 6th we took a boat ride into Glacier Bay to see the sea life, but mostly to see the huge tidewater glaciers. We really wanted to see these large glaciers and get some nice photos of them! The weather cooperated, which it has been super rainy this summer, and we were able to see all the mountains around and the sun even came out some both days. We even had some good wildlife sightings with mountain goats down by the water, a grizzly bear family chasing each other over a salmon, lots of whales and Twila even got one jumping! (and I missed it), sea otters and lots of sea lions. Our boat went to a different large glacier each day, which was what we were hoping for and we got some really great shots! It was so neat seeing these huge glaciers and the mountains surrounding them. We both took tons of shots and had a great time!
We flew out the evening of the 6th and flew to Juneau. The next morning we went on a whale watching tour and had a great trip! It was a very bumpy ride, but a fun one, and worth it when we got to the whales and got to see a group of humpback whales bubble feeding! It was Twila’s first time seeing bubble feeding, and I’ve not seen it that many times. We got to watch them do it over and over and was so awesome to see! We flew to Skagway that afternoon and then drove to Whitehorse that night and she flew back to Canmore the next morning. It was so sad to see her go, and our time together went too fast. I’m so thankful she could come and that we were able to go to Glacier Bay!
I was in Skagway the next couple of weeks catching up and researching other trips and trying to plan out the rest of the summer. The summer time is one crazy time that never seems to slow down. Before I knew it, it was July 19th and I was flying to Knoxville to go to my little brothers wedding. It was a long flight overnight, and I slept a lot when I got there on the 20th. Twila flew in that night, and it was great to be together again so soon! The wedding weekend went by real fast, and it was really really hot. My brother decided to get married outside in Tennessee in July, and the temperature decided to be 95 and feel like 111. I almost passed out during the wedding I was so hot. But I’m glad I was there and the wedding went great. Seeing so many friends and family was also a great time, and we will get to see them all relatively soon at our wedding! Our wedding will be here before we know it, and we can’t wait!
The wedding went so fast, and Twila and I didn’t have much time together alone, so I flew to see her the next weekend. She’s been really busy getting ready for a festival where she sells her jewelry at, so I went to help as much as I could and to also do wedding planning. We ended up doing mostly wedding planning and trying to catch up on that and not fall behind. I had no idea how much planning a wedding is! We were able to have a little other time where we weren’t working on something too. We both really hope the next month and half goes by real fast, and by then I will be done with the gallery and I’ll be back in Canmore and our wedding will be right around the corner!
It is now August, somehow, and it finally decided to be summer in Skagway and get into the 80’s, which I personally don’t like and think is way to hot here. I’ll head off to Denali for a couple of weeks and can’t wait for that. The northern lights even decided to give us an early season show, and I got a picture of my BearHead sign with the lights behind it! I was very happy about this and was hoping that I could get that shot! Time is flying by!