Tuesday, May 31, 2005  


Alaska was the most amazing trip I've ever been on - I still can't believe how much I experienced and what a great time I had. Go here if you want to see all about the boat I was on, and if you want to book a cruise yourself - and you know you do. If you want, I'll come with you - I may go to Alaska for EVERY vacation from now on!

But before I got to Alaska, the knitting and I took a little layover in Seattle to visit my brother. Here is the knitting hanging out at Pike's Place Public Market -

And here is the knitting posing seductively in front of the Seattle skyline, complete with Space Needle.

Now I know how those parents feel when their kids lean way over the edge of something!

And here's the knitting in action on the WEX - our little boat - in front of a glacier. Notice that I'm drinking a beer, watching unbelievable scenery, AND knitting. And you can't tell, but I had just gorged myself on freshly baked cookies.

do NOT go on this trip expecting to lose weight. the food is so amazing and plentiful that, no matter how much you kayak and hike, you will NEVER manage to burn enough calories. I mean, SMOKED SALMON OMELETTES for breakfast, people!!!

The knitting did NOT come with me on the kayak, so it missed out on seeing this amazing glacier - I think this was Reid Glacier, in Glacier Bay National Park. It was really really cool. :)

I can't even begin to describe all the animals I saw, or all the amazing sights, or how unbelievable it was to wake up in the morning and be surrounded by nature, and beauty, and stillness.

But I did get to see a black bear eating barnacles from approximately 20 feet away (we were offshore in our kayaks - but only because Mr. Bear decided to kick us off the beach!)

And, in case the scenery wasn't breathtaking enough already, Mother Nature threw in a few rainbows for good measure...

And that? oh, that's a humpback whale - one surfaced less than 50 yards from my kayak, and another swam UNDER OUR BOAT. Whales are WAY cool.

And when I got home, this was waiting for me in the mail as an early birthday present!

Also waiting patiently for my attention post-unpacking was the now-finished Dad's Vest, waiting for its steeks:

Take a deep breath...

WOO HOOO! Now I just have to "pick up and knit." I HATE "pick up and knit." Grumble Grumble.

And new to the project panoply - the Peace Socks! I found a huge list of "peace" in a crazy number of languages, so I adapted the chart to use for socks for my mom. Like the mittens and the vest, this is Christmas knitting... an acknowledgment of the fact that, come August, law school will once again reclaim my life.

In the meantime, I plan to get lots of knitting and kitty-snuggles in!

PS to my secret pal - I promise I'll get to the questions asap - hopefully tomorrow!!!


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