October 21, 2017

2018 Alaska Calendar

Filed under: Calendar,Photography — Susan Stevenson @ 8:17 pm

With all the traveling we did this year, and time spent away from Alaska, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to put together a calendar. But I am happy to announce that my 2018 Alaska photographic calendar is available for purchase. Like last year, I am working with an online company, who is selling my calendar through a storefront, so you can order from there directly.  I created a separate webpage, with more detailed information, especially for those of you who have ordered a calendar from me in the past.  I have priced my calendar so that the total cost to you is the same as it was last year.

2018 Alaska Calendar:

2018 Calendar Images

Price:

8.5 x 11″ (11×17 hanging) – $24.00

11×14″ (14×22 hanging) – $30.00

($5.99 flat shipping –  no matter how many – anywhere in the US.
International also available)

Order your calendar today!
Link to StoreFront

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me directly.

Local customers/friends: Please email me if you would like to order. I will be placing a bulk order which will save everyone on postage. Calendars are $25, as they have always been, and I will personally make delivery the first week of December, when I return from Wisconsin. If you prefer to have them shipped directly to you, please order through the website.

Many thanks to all of you who have ordered my calendar over the years.

Enjoy!
Susan

September 26, 2017

“If a story is in you…

Filed under: Aurora,Everyday Life,Wildlife — Susan Stevenson @ 10:54 am

… it has got to come out” – William Faulkner

How was your summer? My summer can best be described with a list of numbers:

  • 14 weeks
  • 12750 miles
  • 9 states
  • 4 provinces
  • 7 national parks
  • and 1 terabyte of photos

It is so nice to be back to my blog again, after so many months away. We have been back in Alaska since August 5th, and it has been marvelous.  Although we’re sorry to have missed most of our beautiful Alaskan summer, August was a lovely month, and as September winds down, I can say that it has been rather wonderful too.

Because we were gone all summer, we came home to a lot of catch-up household chores. We hired a young man to take care of lawn maintenance while we were gone, but that was only to mow the grass – not to do any extensive yard work. The bushes and wild grasses that surround our lawn were out of control, as expected. Steve had his work cut out for him, but it has been a very satisfying work, as he enjoys being out in the yard. It’s nice to spend the day in the fresh air and sunshine, and come in each night hungry and exhausted. I believe Steve solves a lot of the world’s problems while working in the yard. *grin*

End of season getaway

All work and no play isn’t good for anyone. A month after arriving home to Alaska, we towed the camper to Valdez for a week of fishing (rain), beautiful scenery (rain), and best of all – rainbows! We did have a few hours of sunshine here and there, and we took advantage of it by taking walks at the marina or going for scenic drives and getting out to explore on foot. It was gorgeous, and much-needed. And Steve caught four silver (coho) salmon which means the trip was a success.

rainbow and boats, Valdez AK

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April 25, 2017

“Attitude is the difference…

Filed under: Aurora,Photography,Roadtrips,Wildlife — Susan Stevenson @ 12:22 pm

— between an ordeal and an adventure”

Spring is slowly arriving here in North Pole, Alaska. We are up to nearly 18 hours of visible light each day, the temperature has warmed into the 40s and 50s, with overnight temps in the 30s and 40s. The snow is quickly melting in the warm sunshine, and there are puddles and mud everywhere. Our yard is still snow covered, but it is very soft so walking in it requires waterproof boots. Break-up boots as some call them.

Here at home, life has been extremely busy and hectic at times, but other than that, things are going really well. With so much to do in the planning of our extended trip, we’ve had no time to sit around and be bored. The additional hours of light, and ability to get outside every day has done wonders for our spirits (as well as Raven’s). I can’t say we have any kind of routine, but as long as we keep busy we feel accomplished. We also allow for down days of nothing but Netflix watching, as well as scenic drives to Denali or walks at Creamers Field. We survived another winter!

UPCOMING ADVENTURES

Our travels will take us from Alaska to Wisconsin at the end of the month, where we will be spending time with my sons and their families. Steve will finally get to meet Juliet, and of course I can’t wait to see her! We’ll be staying with Chris & Kimmie in Madison, while waiting to take possession of our new travel trailer. Once we do a few practice runs with it in WI, and get it stocked to hit the road, we’ll be moving on to MO to spend time with Steve’s family. I am excited to finally meet Eric’s wife Lacy and Steve’s granddaughter Regan.

From MO, we’ll head west to CO, and then north – following the Rockies – all the way back to Alaska. It’s going to be a long drive – the longest we’ve made since we drove from FL to AK back in 2003. Estimates put us at about 10,000 miles for this trip! Talk about an extensive maiden voyage! We aren’t towing our old camper out of here. We plan to sell it up here to avoid any additional wear and tear on it. We’re prepared to truck camp in case of an emergency, but will be staying at hotels along the way. The goal is to get through Canada in 6-7 days, which makes for some very long driving days.

Raven is accompanying us on our adventure south. Health wise, she is doing better. She’s not as lethargic as she was, although she does get out of breath quickly. She loves to play though, so we have to slow her down or she’ll keep going. Her hips have been giving her occasional pain. I started her on a chondroiton/glucosamine supplement about 3 weeks ago. I don’t really know if it’s helping, as results aren’t usually seen for 4-6 weeks. I do hope it does help. I hate that she can hardly climb the stairs some days. We had to build a ramp for her to get in and out of the truck and camper. Thankfully, she still has a great willingness to play Frisbee, and to chase squirrels in the yard. I think Raven will enjoy hanging out with Percy while in WI too. And Steve’s son has a couple of dogs. Hopefully there will be plenty of opportunity for doggie play dates.

I don’t know how much I will be able to formally blog while traveling. I will do my best, but it will also depend on wifi and internet access along the way. I don’t plan to spend much time on my laptop while seeing our beautiful country. However, if you are on Facebook, I hope to update my photography page with photos and commentary on a regular basis. (Here is my Susan L Stevenson Photography page)

Lately the temperature has been warming into the 50s. I know it will be getting warmer the further south we go. I look forward to finally getting out of my fleece and into short sleeves again. Since this will be our maiden voyage in the new RV, we want to revisit the National Parks we’ve already seen (31) and see those we haven’t visited yet (28). This time we plan to have a National Park book stamped. On this trip, we will visit Rocky Mountain National Park (never been), Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP (never been), and Great Sand Dunes NP (never been) in Colorado.  We will also re-visit Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier. Passing back through Canada we plan to visit Banff and Jasper (Free entrance to all National Parks in Colorado in 2017 in celebration of their 150th anniversary).

ICE PARK

Steve and I visited the ice park one day while it was open. I used to buy season passes, as I enjoyed visiting the park several times during the season to photograph the artists and the sculptures as they materialized out of ice. I liked collecting the Ice Park pins too. A few years ago, I was just too busy to justify a season pass, so I decided instead to buy a day pass and then visit the park during the day and again at night. I did the same again this year, with Steve. We had a lovely day visit, and when we returned to see the sculptures under colored lights, we were welcomed with a beautiful orange sunset.

One of our favorite sculptures was the multi-block tribute to David Bowie. Always a fan!

A beautiful sunset behind the train station

Sunset over the Ice Park Tram Station, Fairbanks AK

Held - Ice Alaska Changed Evolution - Night and Day - Ice Alaska Chained Evolution - USA - Ice Alaska
Tribute to David Bowie Tribute to David Bowie - FB Viewers Choice - Ice Alaska Ice slides

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