Brown Bear

This picture was taken on a penninsula off Lynn Canal outside of Juneau by someone Mike works with.
I understand you don't want to mess with the Brown Bears. They are sure cute to look at, but they can be very hazardous to your health!!!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Wonderful Christmas & New Year in Arizona

We had a wonderful time in Arizona for Christmas & New Year! Here is a scrapbook of our trip and some of the wonderful family and friends we got to see!
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Mike flew to Seattle & drove the rest of the way down and Alyx & I flew in on Christmas Eve. We had a wonderful trip and had a very relaxing time...even got to shop a bit! It was amazing to see Chris and he seems so very happy. We were able to spend lots of time with he & Maeghan and even got to meet her family!

The trip back was not as nice unfortunately. We had some delays at the Seattle Airport (things just have been so busy for them). Here is how our trip home went:
  • Airline sold too many seats and asked Aly & I to wait for another flight. We said 'no'
  • Long wait ensued while we waited for 7 people to volunteer to give up their seats
  • At 11:15 we were finally boarded onto the plane in Seattle and then we sat on plane at the gate for 1½ hours while there were 'mechanical problems'
  • When we finally approached Juneau, the storm become so severe that the pilot MISSED the runway. That was scary!!! We came down really low and then just went straight back up.
  • We landed in Sitka, refueled and were off for another try at the Juneau airport.
  • Missed again
  • Pilot informed us we were going to Seattle
  • Snow in Seattle
  • Landed in Bellingham
  • Bussed to Seattle
  • Stood in long, LONG line at airport to be told that airline is not responsible for the weather ...Der!
  • Stood in long, LONG line for a taxi
  • Got to hotel a little after 3:00 am
  • Stayed in hotel for 2 nights waiting for a flight to Juneau
  • Finally got a flight to Juneau
  • Ready to board airplane and they stopped us because the left wing was BROKE
  • Waited for wing to be fixed
  • Got on plane
  • 6½ hours later landed in Juneau

That's really not the end of the story... When we got back we had to dig the car out of piles of snow. It snowed 3 ft at our house while we were in AZ and since we have been back home we have received about 2 more ft. of snow. Expecting another foot tonight. Whew!!! But the BEST part of the trip to back to Juneau was: when we got home, we were greeted by a clear driveway. Our wonderful neighbors kept our driveway shoveled the entire time we were gone! They are so AWESOME!!!

Here are some pictures of our Adventure sitting in the airport, getting on the bus and waiting in line...

Here is the guy working on the 'broken' wing...

And here is the car as Mike was sweeping the snow off the doors and digging it out of the parking space...

We do plan to visit the glacier tomorrow if the snow isn't too deep to walk through. Keep checking in for more pictures!

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