Wednesday, August 19, 2009

ALASKA: Seward

I can't believe it has been over a month since my last post! Where does the time go?
Since our trip to Alaska, we have had company, been to the lake at a camp a friend rented, and now we are off again this weekend to another friend's camp! I figured I better squeeze in my first post about Alaska!
I've decided to post in little installments, so as not to overwhelm you all!
We started the trip at our friend's, Jason and Elana in Wasilla. There we rented our vehicle, shopped for supplies, etc. I really didn't start taking photos until the four of us drove to Seward. It was rainy those first couple of days, but we were used to it, as that's all we've had had here in Maine anyway!
I did find a really cool (wonderfully priced) bead shop in Wasilla. I am excited to get back in the studio and play with my new collection of beads.

The four of us stayed at this sweet little Victorian hotel in downtown Seward. Our two bedroom was quaint and cozy.
Jon and I took a rainy stroll all around Seward that morning. Wild rabbits (who weren't so wild) greeted us. Jon actually fed one from his hand.

The ravens reminded me of seagulls. They weren't skittish like they are here. They hang around the campgrounds and touristy places looking for handouts.

I found not only good coffee, but great art in this groovy coffee shop. I would love to own something like this one day! It was filled with jewelry, paintings, fiber art and pottery from various local artists.

The town was filled with huge artist's murals!

Big Daddy and I walked around the marinas looking at boats and chatting it up with some local fishermen. We found one guy a little grumpy, and a bit full of himself. He was letting us know that Pacific working boats kick Atlantic working boats asses! He did not know that Big Daddy used to work on these boats, and has a clue. To him, I'm sure we were the annoying tourists. To me, he was an annoying a-hole!
since we are boat lovers, we really did have a good time checking out the difference in these boats compared to our Maine lobster boats. Since it was rainy, we decided to go to the Alaska Sea Life Center. It was a pretty quick trip around the Center, but I was able to get some fun shots, and pick up a few treasures for the nieces and nephews there.

I want to mention two really great eateries in Seward. The four of us had a wonderful dinner at Ray's Waterfront
where we could boat watch. If it hadn't been raining, we would have enjoyed spectacular views as well. The food and service made us forget that it was a rainy evening. Elana and I ordered a bottle of "Wild Horse" chard; fresh halibut, baked and topped with a delish sauce and crab. We also ordered king crab legs to share. Jon had the HUGE fried fishermen's platter, and Jason had prime rib that looked so good, I wanted to reach over and steal a piece. We took back to the room a big piece of key lime pie. It really was perhaps one of the best meals AND service we had the whole trip!
Jon and I went to breakfast at a new place called AK. Nellies. It was named after one of the many famous pioneering women of Alaska, Nelly Neil Lawning. (1873-1956) To find out her story, just google her. The breakfast was hearty and oh-so-tasty, and the owners are super-sweet!
I am very behind in some of my writing projects, and as soon as I finish those up, I'll be back in the studio creating! Today I am sending off an article for Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine's winter issue. I believe the Fall issue comes out Sept. 1rst, and I think some of you will really like my article, "Polymer Flowers". They are a bit challenging, but once you get the hang of it, they are GREAT FUN! As always, once the article comes out, feel free to email me with questions. (Cindy you are in my mind here, I know you are going to want to try these!!!)
Until the next time....
peace out!


  1. Oh - your trip sounds great so far - cannot wait to hear/see more. I LOVE reading your posts - I HEAR you telling me rather than just reading the words and it makes me smile! xo

  2. I loved Alaska. What a great trip. Your blog is really nice and I love the pictures, especially the murals.

  3. It sounds like a dream trip for you & Jon. I love the murals & all the little treasures you found. can't wait to see you.