Thursday, September 18, 2014

Flash Sale! 20% Off Everything!

20% Off Everything!

Sale end at 2pm Pacific time today. 
Sorry for the late notice, i just found out this morning myself!

I don't often see a sale for 20% off so this is great. Plus if your order through my current Mystery Hostess link you will be entered to win all the hostess rewards!

Use this link to enter the Mystery Hostess party: www.lillarose.biz/parties/6359

This is my regular web address you can use anytime: http://www.lillarose.biz/melissagill

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Anchorage Trails, Family Time and Moose Babies

Saturday dawned dark and rainy like much of the previous week.

We went for a drive anyway to see some of the fall colors that seemed to spring up over night!
I'm told Fall is very short here in Alaska. It'll be winter before we know it.

This picture is looking down over Anchorage from the hillside.

Rainy days can be beautiful too.

There are so many different trails all over the city. I love it because you can drive just a few minuets and feel like you are in the middle of no where and hardly see any other people.

Learning to identify the many types of mushrooms around here.

On the drive home we were excited to see two young moose. We sat in the truck and watched them for quite awhile until they walked away into the woods.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Byron Glacier

The first day of September was fantastic!
It was so nice to get to spend Labor Day with my hubby. Usually he is laboring away but this year he got the day off! Score!
We drove out to Girdwood and did a bit of exploring before heading a bit farther down the Seward Highway to see Byron Glacier.
This was a dirt road we followed up into the mountains around Girdwood. It got narrower and narrower as it wound along higher in the mountains and I was praying we wouldn't meet a car coming the other direction! Geoff has great talent in driving in reverse but I was hoping praying we wouldn't have to put those skills to the test in the big truck we were driving.
It was worth the risk though since we found a lovely place to hike and a creek to explore.


Byron Glacier was a lot smaller than what I was expecting. The hike to the glacier was an easy walk and didn't take too long which was good because by the time we got there is was already late afternoon.
The small water fall down the mountain side had created an ice cave in the glacier.

But in order to get over to that ice cave we had to cross this icy river! Ok, it was more of a creek. But it felt never ending when you had to cross it. :) 

 This is me very carefully picking my way across in bare feet so i wouldn't get my shoes wet. It wasn't so bad at first.... but the longer you're in the icy glacier water the more it hurt!
 Geoff and Ethan went inside the ice cave.
You can see the different layers of snow from different years.

Here is another smaller but wet and drippy ice cave.

On our drive home we noticed lots of cars pulled off to the side of the Seward Highway and people looking at something in the water of Cook Inlet.. We pulled over too and got to see our first beluga whale sighting! It was so cool!

I didn't get any pictures but later that day on an Alaska facebook page I saw someone had shared a video of them! So you get to see what we saw! Just turn your head, they loaded the video sideways. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Alaska Skies are Full of Promise

Some times it pays to take out the trash yourself. ;)
I would have totally missed this if I hadn't taken out the trash right then!
The first thing I noticed when I went out the other night was the evening sunlight lighting up the yellow leaves of the tree across the street.
Then I saw the beautiful rainbow in the sky!
It got darker as I watched and a double rainbow came out at one point. So pretty.
The area to the left of the tree was the darkest and where the colors shone the brightest.
hmmm, there's a lesson in there somewhere... :)