Getting Ready for Alaska

Getting Ready for Alaska

As some of you may know, I have lived in Alaska for a few years and return every summer! This summer I have decided to document my trip using my SnapChat!

I have made my snapchat public and plan on posting videos throughout my whole trip, showing just what it is like to live in Alaska, I may also vlog a bit on the trip to post on Youtube, for those who are not big into Snapchat.

That being said, I just wanted to remind you all of my social media links, in case you are interested in following along on my trip to Alaska! I will be leaving next weekend, the 2nd and will be gone for two weeks! So there will be plenty of video footage and I cant wait to share it all with you!

All of my social media links are at the top of the page as well as the sidebar. But just incase the links do not work, you can find me on any social media platform if you type in aroonmelane.

Can’t wait!

My snapchat is aroonmelane

xoxox

One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award

I would love to thank faceoftheday7 for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. She has a super great makeup blog, check her out here if you get the chance!

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The way it works, is i share SEVEN facts about myself and nominate other bloggers to do the same. It is a great way for people to get to know a little bit more about each other.

FACTS

  1. I am half Jamaican from my father’s side
  2. I was born in Ketchikan, Alaska and lived there for some of my high school and middle school years
  3. I am 6 feet tall
  4. I grew up on a farm and had horses and goats
  5. I have moved 11 different times but only to two different states
  6. My favorite type of food is seafood
  7. My lucky number is SEVEN!! 😛

Rules

Thank the person who nominated you and include the link to their blog

List the rules and display the reward photo
Share 7 facts about yourself
Nominate other bloggers (technically supposed to be 15) for the reward as well and tell them you’ve nominated them
Display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you!

I nominate Let’s Talk Pretty, missaLAnis, pink lace pearls, simply davelyn,  & Magnolia Chic. All of these bloggers have amazing blogs that I enjoy reading and going through everyday! Keep a lookout for their One Lovely Blog Award post. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

The Many Wonders of Mick the Cat

The Many Wonders of Mick the Cat

We found our cat 10 years ago abandoned by his mother along side his little sister who we put up for adoption. My family and I raised him from a bottle into the large 27 pound cat he is today. We are not 100% sure of his breed, since we never found his parents, but we assume he is mixed mainecoon, that’s the only reason we could think he would be so huge.

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He is such a smart cat! He sits and lays on command, he comes and stays and he is the biggest sweetheart.

Playing with his catnip mouse
Playing with his catnip mouse

Some cats have the habit of hiding under furniture and running away when visitors come, but he is the complete opposite.

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This is his favorite way to lay. We find him like this all the time haha
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At the airport from Alaska to Florida

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Check out a previous post here when we took him for a walk in Alaska!

Traveling by a Float Plane

Traveling by a Float Plane

Today is unfortunately my last day in Alaska, this time tomorrow I’ll be back home in Florida!
But first we had to get out of our secluded little town, and the only way to do that is by boat or float plane. This time we opted for the float plane!
Float planes are fun and different but not when it’s windy and you experience turbulence the whole time. :/
Any day but today would have been a perfect day for a float plane, but we were not that lucky with the weather. Anyways, I snapped a few photos in the plane while trying not to get sick. Ha 🙂20140728-151343-54823795.jpg

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As you can see the weather was not the best. But the past couple weeks have been amazing! Can’t wait till next year

Xoxo

Panning For Gold in Alaska

Panning For Gold in Alaska

This summer we decided to try a little gold panning. We had the materials we needed and a spot in mind.

None of my family member or myself are experienced in gold panning AT ALL, but we thought it would be fun to give it a go.

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My uncle James doing some panning

Do keep in mind that the water from this creek is about 45F.

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Snorkeling to get good stuff
Snorkeling to get good stuff

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You need a dry suit to swim in these waters

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oops, I fell. The rocks were very slippery!
oops, I fell. The rocks were very slippery!

We still are not sure if we got real gold, but we are sure that there was a lot of fools gold. Either way it was a fun hike up the river.:)

 

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

 

 

The Alaskan Wardrobe Staple Piece

The Alaskan Wardrobe Staple Piece

Any fellow Alaskan will know the brand XTRATUF, as it is owned by nearly every person I have come across while living in Alaska. Alaska is a bit tougher then most states in the US, and your standard “yellow rain boots” just won’t cut it. With all the slippery, tough rocks and rugged landscape, not many other boots would last long.

b2When living in Alaska, mostly Southeast Alaska, rain becomes a very familiar thing. One year while living in Ketchikan, we experienced 355 days of rain, leaving only ten days of the year where there was no rain.

And on rainy days like today, the XTRATUF is an “extra” good friend.

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We may have a slight obsession.
We may have a slight obsession.

As you may be able to tell, our rain boots are put to good use

and these are not even all of them
and these are not even all of them

 

 

Exploring Eagle Island

Exploring Eagle Island

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Eagle Island is the little island right across from our Alaskan cabin.

You only have a few hours a day when you can walk to it, and that is when the tide is low.

Every summer I never fail to explore the island and be amazed at all the colorful creatures you find.

I hope you enjoy this little adventure as much as I did

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Whenever you find one, you find a ton

One of the main things you find on Eagle Island are thousands of starfish, waiting for the tide to roll back in.

This is a fat, fuzzy starfish. Not sure of its scientific name
This is a fat, fuzzy starfish. Not sure of its scientific name
Some baby starfish
Some baby starfish
Sea anemones and starfish
Sea anemones and starfish
A little trail on the island. Most likely created by the little minks and otters.
A little trail on the island. Most likely created by the little minks and otters.
Deep crevices throughout the island
Wandering through the deep crevices on the island
Sunfish. Similar to a starfish, but as you can see they have a lot more limbs
Sunfish. Similar to a starfish, but as you can see they have a lot more limbs
Lots and lots of clams
Lots and lots of clams
Looking back on our cabin from Eagle Island
Looking back on our cabin from Eagle Island
Love this place
Love this place

Alaska Tides: High vs. Low

Alaska Tides: High vs. Low

If you did not know, Alaska has extreme high and low tides which alternate every 6 hours. I am always amazed at how fast the water moves, you can literally watch the water as it rushes to fill in.

The tides can have as much as a 19 foot difference some times of the year.

When living in Alaska, especially rural Alaska, you learn the live by the tides. Your whole day depends on when the tide is coming in or going out.

I took some images to show the difference of high and low tides. I did not get the tides when they were exactly at the lowest part or highest part. So the tide can be much more severe then shown.

But you will get the general idea.

 

 

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Low Tide: view 1

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High tide: view 1

 

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Low tide: view 2

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High tide: view 2

 

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Low tide: view 3

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High tide: view 3

Thanks for stopping by!

Starfish Accessories

Starfish Accessories

Who knew these cute little guys could be used as accessories!

If you have ever seen the kids movie “Aquamarine” then you will know where I got this idea from.

Baby starfish earring
Baby starfish earring

You know they are stuck to you when you feel the little tingle of their suction cups! hahaha

Just having a little fun
Just having a little fun

 

PS. They were not harmed when taking these pictures and I let them go right away

Taking Our Cat for a Walk in Alaska

Taking Our Cat for a Walk in Alaska

Today was yet another beautiful day out, therefore we decided it was time to take our 10 year old, 27 pound maine coon mix out for a walk. cat8cat

It takes him a little while to get going and he can not go too far without getting exhausted. But he is too funny when we take him on walks. He usually walks a ways behind us checking every little thing and stopping at the sound of a branch cracking. But once  we get too far away from him he begins to howl until he feels like we are a safe distance from him. I wanted to get close to him when he was howling, so I hid behind a tree as he walked by, calling out to my parents who were too far away for his comfort.

 

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He did not want to go any further then this spot and let us know by laying down not moving a budge

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He was exhausted when we got back to the house
He was exhausted when we got back to the house