Wednesday, May 27, 2009

It's the Ocean!! We were in Homer, Alaska, on the Homer Spit, right on the ocean...it was pretty chilly!






The waves coming in





We ate the best fish and chips EVER. They had just caught the halibut that morning from the ocean that was right behind the resteraunt! yum!


This saloon is appearantly the most famous establishment in Homer...you will see why next. And if I appear a little tipsy its because I went in and threw down a few shots while my friends waited outside...
just kidding!! Don't worry mom, I just thought it would be appropriatly funny to look a bit intoxicated since I am standing in front of a Saloon.



Inside, every inch of the walls are covered in dollar bills. The bills are autographed or written on, and yes, that is a bra. Scandelous but very funny! The Salty Dog Saloon in where the cream of Homer, Alaska go and if your anybody who's anybody, you will go in a see what all the hulabaloo is about!



Lighthouse




Boat Harbor!




Boats!

Our Home stay family in Wasilla was way awsome! The dad was a dentist and a pilot!! He had his own plane and he took me, Helen and Lizzie up in the sky to fly over Alaska.



Yay, I get to fly in a plane!!



Lizzie and I, the excited passengers!



View from the plane



This is a HUGE valley glacier that we flew over! You can't see it too well in the picture but the glacier is brilliantly blue!


Closer to the glacier



Kayla, Lizzie and I before the Fireside in Wasilla.




This is Elder Brady...Boone Brady, best friend and next door neighbor from my childhood in Mt View! After our concert in Wasilla, he approached me and asked my if I recognized him. At first, I didn't until I saw his name tag. We hadn't seen eachother in like 12 years and it just so happened that he was serving his mission in Alaska at the same time that I was on tour with my choir in Alaska!


Karen and I with Ancourage on the horizon!


So pretty!

Yes, that is a volcano in the background...and yes, it is SMOKING! It had erupted only 2 weeks before we arrived in Alaska. The ground was still covered in ashy remains!

My Alaskan Adventure!


Entering Valdez! This was one of the most beautiful towns we went to. Its a Port town tucked is a little valley. So you have the mountains and the water all one city! This was also where I had the most adventerous time! You'll hear about that down further.

Cool view from the auditorium where we performed.


I am famous...so famous infact that there is an entire museum named my same name! I was excited!


Kiesha found her perfect match!



Kate stuck in The Snowdrift...the start of a huge adventure! So, after a small group of us left the Whitney museum, we wanted to head down to the Port to see the water. However, there was a big sea of snow blocking the shortest route and we didn't want to walk all the way around. So we decided to walk through the drift (well we wanted to walk over it because we thought it was hard enough to hold us). It was a nice day...the sun was shining and all around us snow was melting and running down the gutters of the street. But still we thought the snow drift would be frozen hard...yeah, we're dumb! We got about 20 feet over the drift until every person started sinking up to their hips, creating tube like wholes that swollowed our shoes. Our phones and cameras fell our of our pockets as we 'swam' through the cold, wet slush! However, we stuggled our way to the other side before we noticed that these precious things were missing...so we had to go back in to retrieve them!



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I took this video after I had waded back through the snow and found my camera burried and wet. Alex and Travis are looking for Rachels phone and Ray is digging for Kiesha's shoe.


When all was said and done, EVERTHING was found...the shoe, the phone and the camera! And like the nerds we are, we sang Amazing Grace to the mountains and streets of Valdez Alaska.



On our way to a performance





Farewell photo of our host family in Valdez!



This is just awsome scenery! It was VERY windy outside by that little river.


We spent ALOT of time in a tour bus. This is a picture of people taking pictures out the window...ha!



At times the bus got very bumpy and swaying! This is Brad and Travis bus surfing...yes, we are all choir nerds!




Karen and I standing in front of the Alaskan Pipeline!



The boys wanted to look strong and masuline...









My Alaskan Adventure!!



It all began in the Boise Airport. Here's Mattie and I waiting for the plain to arrive and take us to Alaska!

We had some pretty long layovers and had to get creative so that we didn't go crazy! We actually sang as a choir to some passersby who learned that we were traveling to Alaska to tour.


The first city we visited was Fairbanks. Rachel, Me and Karen are standing on ice blocks being very excited to have finally arrived in Alaska!



A group of us found this super cool church made comletely of ice blocks (like an igloo, sorta) The acoustics were fabulous in there so naturally, being a choir, we sang a song!


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We sound betting live! Especially when my voice isn't the loudest one :)



Brandon, Rachel and I in the Ice Church.



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My Dogsledding experience! There were four sleds each hooked to 12 gorgeous Alaskan Huskies. The dogs were CRAZY! All they wanted to do was go-n-run and run they did!!


The beautiful animals and their handlers...so fun and energetic!




This is Queenie and Guss! They were waiting to be hitched...CUTE huh?


Uh huh, I got to drive the sled! It was pretty dang cool! It was 40 degrees outside and the dogs were hot...the handlers said the most comfortable temperature for them is below zero. Our sleds went about 25 MPH and the dogs wouldn't stop running for nothing, not even to use the bathroom (they just let it come out, Yuck)



There is a town near Fairbanks that is called North Pole and they keep the spirit of Christmas around all year! All the light poles are candy canes and there are christmas lights up in June!Cassie and I are standing in front of Santa Clause's House in North Pole, Alaska. There are reindeer in the back and a HUGE christmas store inside! Natali, you would've absolutly went crazy in there!


This picture was one the outside wall of the house and I thought it was simply beautiful!

This is a letter to Santa written by a girl named Sara. Whenever a child writes a letter to santa and sends it in the mail to the North Pole, it comes to North Pole, Alaska. In the Santa Clause house there is a huge wall that is plastered with thousands of these adorable letters. It was especially cool to see these notes in a differant language!



Mattie and I on Santa's chair!