Fall has 'fallen' and quite literary here at Denali in the form of the first snow on the lower foothills!
Can you believe it! It's August!
The berries are ripening:
And everything is turning colors:
We celebrated our 12th anniversary on the 19th! Wow, ....where did those years go?
After a nice coffee and blueberry muffins we hiked a small trail near the entrance of the Park towards Horseshoe Lake.
Around the lake you see some evidence of beavers who apparently live here. They created some small dams and many of the small tree stumps in the area showed telltale teeth marks! Unfortunately they didn't show themselves.
See the green blurr under the big one? Leprachaun, if you ask me....!
We treated ourselves to dinner at the nearby Black diamond Bar & Restaurant. Well, actually, the 'kids' did. And no, we don't all of a sudden have a bunch of offspring running around but that's how we call the 3 Bulgarian students who make up the cleaning crew and the 3 American youngsters who work the lobby.
They surprised us the other day with a $120 gift certificate as a thank you for shutteling them around to and from the post office, the grocery store and various other destinations around here.
Isn't that sweet?
Not our best shot ever..... and that's just desert
We had a salad with grilled (alaskan wild) salmon on top and a nice New York steak. A sort of 'surf and turf'. Delicious!
Do you remember the yellow caterpillar I showed you a while ago? Well this is how their cocoons, and what emerged from them (the Tussock moth), look like. Just in case somebody was wondering?
James is in a race against the clock to finish the 'traincar project'. It looks like a true work of art! He ran out of white primer and is now using a red anti-rust something. Wild, huh!
He recruted some Bulgarian 'apprentices' as you can see. They wanted extra hours to make some more money and he needed help so there you are.
They're having a ball although the temperatures are frigid and there's a stiff wind blowing!
Miles, one of the lobby workers, made us all an end-of-the-season dinner. He's a good cook and we enjoyed some great pasta Alfredo with fried chicken. Sherry donated the delicious garlic bread and the girls made a nice salad and margarita's!
I wish I could end with some pictures of my own of another highlight of our stay here that we wittnessed in the middle of the, finally dark enough, night the last week. Yep, we saw the aurora borealis!
Every night when I go to the bathroom I look out of the little window if anything is happening and got lucky two nights in a row.
One time at 3.30 and the other time at 1.45.
The difficult part is to go out in the freezing cold and watch it. It takes some firm talking-to-self!
But it was wonderful. What a unique, mysterious and beautiful experience! Both times we saw mainly green and yellow lights and they were dancing, flickering and whirling accross the sky for about half an hour long!
My camera just doesn't pick it up :(
This picture I stole from the Internet somewhere, it comes close to what we saw.
But even the sunset seems to have some fantastic fall colors lately and that I can capture although it's much better 'live'.
Well, I thought that was a nice 'the end' but I'll let Merlin have the last 'word', he's just too funny:
Yes, I shop at Walmart. So what?