Monday, December 8, 2014

A Half Marathon

All is well in Idaho Land. But things are brewing.
 
I like running, have I ever told you? Probably not. My relationship with running is sporadic, at best. It's a constant wheel of let's run, wow that was fun, why don't I do that more often. Then I don't do it more often.
 
So I had this crazy idea that the perfect way to get me to run more consistently, and longer, and farther than I ever have before would be to race. Well, register for a race. I'm not kidding anyone, I won't be "racing" anything but my own personal clock.
 
Well, as kismet would have it. A sponsored ad on facebook popped up on my feed for the Zion Half Marathon. Zion...I've never been. A half marathon...can't be do bad. I continued to google how long a beginner would need to train for running 13.1 miles. And I (according to google) have plenty of time to train for this. !!!!!
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So I registered!!!! eek. I'm in week three of training and I am so excited. And terrified.
I might be talking about this a bit. Probably going to get annoying!

Watching for Whales!

Fell off the face of the planet for a while. Back in Idaho, and happy to be back with Andrew and the pets. When we were in Alaska, we went whale watching. This won't be too much of a photo dump because it is incredibly hard to get good pictures of a whale...who knew?
 





 
The trip was great we saw at least eight individual Humpback Whales. Every single one was exciting. And I must say, I am an expert whale spotter. Add it to the resume!
 
I miss Alaska. The grand mountains, and having a glacier right in my backyard. But the wide open space that is Idaho is as breathtaking as usual. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Helicopter Ride over the Juneau Ice Field

After our excellent tour on the Mendenhall Glacier we had a nice extended fly over the Juneau Ice Field. An amazing basin filled with snow and ice, 100 miles long and 45 miles wide. It's the birthplace of 38 named glaciers. It was so neat seeing the beginning of the Mendenhall.
 
In this picture, you can see the pilot but also the Mendenhall and its medial moraine.








Look at all those mountains, and snow! The farthest mountains are in Canada.
The below picture is the Norris Glacier.

The next picture is the Taku glacier. This was a neat glacier to see because it's advancing unlike so many others off the icefield. 





On the descent down to the airport.

And full circle, you can see the Mendenhall glacier beyond the trees.
It was such an amazing trip, the guides were excellent and the helicopter ride was even enjoyable. I never thought I'd say that!