England - 2017

England Highlights

So, about a month ago, I caught wind of some cheap tickets to go to England.  I was wanting to take a trip but really hadn’t considered it.  Having other commitments already on the burner I didn’t think I would be going anywhere until the fall or winter.  But the cheap tickets (under $600) were more than I could handle….and so I bought the tickets.

Unlike my normal travel stunts where I go for extended periods of time -this trip was just going to be a short one of two weeks, as opposed to a few months.  It was a trip that I could just squeeze in between dog sitting and other odd jobs…which is how I found myself in England a week and ½ ago.

Here are a few of the highlights.

Igtham mote:

Bodiam Castle:

My tour guide.  Since they had just been there a few weeks prior, he had great fun showing me around.

And then of course, the sun came out and spring officially came to England.


England - 2015

England: Week 1

Someone asked me earlier tonight what I had been up to this week. It caught me off guard (as do all normal questions –ask me anything but normal questions!) and so I stumbled around with my words for a few seconds before landing on a very wide eyed look and the answer of “Recovering.” Thankfully because of accents and noise my answer got lost and I had a chance to redeem myself. Which I did. Very smoothly with “My friend left.”

In all honesty tho, this week has been all about recovering. Because the past two months have been nothing if not a whirlwind of adventures.

Adventures that I just recently realized –have gone without mention. I guess that’s what happens when you are busy having fun.

To make up for the lack of postings, however, I am going to attempt to recreate some of the past few months. And you know, hopefully not just disappear for three weeks at a time.

Dad and I flew over the end of August to meet up with mom (and the rest of the fam). We had originally decided to stay for three weeks as opposed to two –which is normally the amount of time we stay together for. This turned out to be a good idea –we had one week in England, one week in Italy –and then finished up with another week in England. However it didn’t seem like nearly that long. Thanks to the week in Italy –it ended up feeling like we were only together for about a week!

We decided to make the most out of the time together and see as much as possible!

Week 1:

I think this picture would look great as a silhouette.  Unfortunately my photo editing program is back home so this will have to do for now.  The force not to be reckoned with, The Fam:

DSC_0001Capn’ ‘n’ me




We saw the sites, via boat!  Something we haven’t done since 2010:




Just for fun, a 2010 shot of Amanda n I from the same location


Back to the present, with mom and dad!

DSC_0201Ah, yes.  Selfies.


Back home in Alaska!


These next pictures crack me up.  The first is from 2010, the next is from 2013, and the final is 2015.  They were all taken at the Royal Observatory.  I did a whole thing on it in 2013 here.







I am kind of liking this auntie business!


Of course it helps that Baby E is just as cute as her big brother (just don’t tell him I said that!)


England - 2015

Thorpe Park

One of the things we had wanted to do while Morgan was here was go to a theme park. We originally had decided on a smaller theme park –but after looking into things, we decided that Thorpe park had more of an assortment of rides that would give us all a better time.

We chose the date, bought our tickets and headed out for a day of fun.

Amanda and I were originally a little worried since we always feel compelled to go on all the rides (especially the scary ones!) even though we usually end up getting sick.

The day started with this gem:


While it doesn’t look that scary (and it really isn’t) it was a bit sickening. The seats went up then dropped. The dropping always does me in. You can see Morgan and I in the above picture (between the people with their hands in the air). Morgan LOVES such rides so she laughed while I busied myself by screaming. Ahem.


The next rides were a combination of fun and entertaining –nothing to scary, but nothing to boring either.  Rides like this one:


Mr Judah wasn’t impressed with this ride.  I failed to mention that this wasn’t a ride, but rather just a seat.  After he sat in it he told me I “Tricked him” because it didn’t do anything.  Woops!


One of the favorite rides of all of us was the log ride. Since the park wasn’t that busy –they let us ride again and again. We told stories –while perfecting our southern accent (since the ride narrator had a southern accent) and collected money (you would be amazed at how much money was lost in those logs!)


We came prepared with our swimming clothes -underestimating just how cold it would be!  We were pretty much the only people in shorts!


Another ride Amanda and I were (thankfully!) smart enough not to go on since it looked really scary! Morgan and David went together while Amanda and I discussed the more important things in life: such as ice cream.

The scary ride:


We then hit up another ride that was a good combination of scary and fun –it was so much fun in fact, that Morgan and I decided to go again (without even getting off!) This proved to be a bad idea, especially just after eating lunch and Morgan got sick.

It was a great day out!

Life, Thoughts

“It was awesome.”

Three weeks in and the newness of being back has started to wear off.  Life is starting to return to a somewhat normal pace that consists of waking up, running through the day and neck breaking, maddening speeds, and returning to bed some point later that night.  I’m not complaining, I kind of enjoy the site of life as it goes speeding on past.

I have sat down multiple times convinced that I am going to write something – some amazing recap of my time away.  Some “This is how I spent my amazing summer!” yet nothing happens.  I look through the 4000+ pictures, looking for some sort of inspiration, yet find nothing.  Much like looking through last years photos, I smile…a lot.  I laugh…a bunch.  And pick out the pictures that are horribly composed, have bad lighting, and make it appear that the person on the other side of the camera had absolutely no idea WHAT they were doing.  Because the blurry, crazy, dimly lit photos – are my favorites.

They remind me of the amazing times I had away.  They make me laugh, and give me no words to explain just what was going on.  Because in the middle of all the neatly composed, wonderfully lit, professional looking photographs – sit the memories that will remain a lifetime.  Memories that will pop up at random times during my conversations with people.  Memories that I can relieve with the people I spent them with, and attempt, vainly, to share them with others.  But when it all comes down to it – the memories that I made this summer?  Are really just that.  Amazing memories, of amazing times, spent with some amazing people.

Which is why when you ask me how my trip was, I will respond by saying “Amazing.”  Because it was.  All around, simply, amazing.

I couldn’t tell you what I did, much like if I asked you what YOU did this summer, you wouldn’t have too much to say.  A few random memories, a few disconnected thoughts that make you smile, and then…fall is here.

Sure, I traveled to Portugal, Greece and Germany.  Sure.  I spent the summer with some of my favorite people.  Yes it was hard to leave.  Yes I want to go back.  Like yesterday.  Yes the weather was great.  No it didn’t ran as much there.  Yes there was lightning and thunder.  Yes it scared us.  Yes.  It was an all around amazing trip.  No I don’t have a favorite place I visited because they each are in a special place in my heart.  Yes.  It was awesome.  Yes I took lots of pictures.  But no.  I really couldn’t tell you what I did.  I will try.  But I will fail.

Because summing up five months of awesomeness?  Is harder than it sounds.  So for now just believe me when I say: Yes.  It was awesome.  And know that someday, I will share just what made it so awesome.  Once I can figure out how to put it all into words that make sense to those that weren’t there to experience it.

Alaska, Animals, England - 2014, Photography

Week 37: September 21 – 27, Week 38: September 28 – October 4

21. Mr. Big looking all grown up


22. Last day in England


23. I have pictures for the next few days, but they are on my cell phone – and I can’t find the connecting cord…



26. Miss Siren


27. Have no idea what happened this day.

28. Or this day either, apparently.

29. I found my point and shoot camera – which resulted in the worlds lamest photo ever of Yoshi.


30. I may have sort of missed this view.



1. My Yoshi girl


2. Scenes missing.

3. Honey


4. Honey two days in a row – doesn’t get sweeter than that!