Hello! Whoever said summer was relaxing and full of long, lazy days with spur of the moment exciting adventures - did not live in my house! We are finally done with Swim Team (hear the sigh of relief mixed with slight sadness because they did have fun) and are cramming our days with other activities before school begins again.
But we have enjoyed planned adventures. The biggest so far being our long awaited trip to Alaska/Yukon Territory - via RV and Cruise ship. Whoo Hoo! We went with another family dear to our heart - it's because of this couple that Bart and I met so we love them for that. Two separate RV's. We love them but an RV for just one family is enough cuddly closeness if you know what I mean.
We flew together into Anchorage where the Polar bears await:
OK - I had a little frustration on this trip. Due to camera issues. Now, I went and bought myself a new camera. A little upgrade from my last and I was very excited to use it. One thing I forgot with the new "fancy schmancy" camera is that the file size is about twice that of my old and so my impatient self is very impatient with certain programs downloading (Shutterfly wanted 24 hrs to download 300 original files and I said " I don't think so, we'll take the "photobook" acceptable size instead). So I am learning that only if I truly want enlarged original prints do I need to transfer original files to outside resources.
I digress. The real source of my frustration and most of you who take pic's will understand: my favorite, everyday, I-use-all-the-time lens pooped out on me. In the RV. The first night. "Error 99" and "cannot communicate with lens-check and clean lens contacts." The lens has it's own electronic parts and has already been sent to Canon for a fix. Now, I had brought my wide angle (10-20mm) and my small telephoto (80-200mm) as well but that regular, nice lens (17-85mm) did not work. The lens I use for approx. 97% of all pictures I take - I had nothing between 20 - 80mm range - Aaack! Yeah, don't ask why I bother with other lenses in the first place. But I was really glad to have them in their limited nature for this trip! And the new camera made my old telephoto lens seem like new.
And a big Moose!!!!:
And here are the caribou and the moose together - dark specs in the river bed! Look at the backdrop - that is Alaska big! You know how Texas brag's about being big - and it is. Alaska is almost 2 1/2 times the size of Texas - Alaska is bigger.