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

 

 

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

Beach Combing in Alaska

Beach Combing in Alaska

Today the weather was nice and it was time to stretch our legs. So my parents and I made a picnic and did some beach combing. Our main objective is to find a glass ball floating off from the Japan shoreline, but alas we have yet to find one, though many people in our area find them on the rare occasion. Today we found mostly useless items, that may or may not be missed by the previous owner. Either way, we got a fun time while combing the beach.

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Someones old paintbrush handle
Someones old paintbrush handle
Plenty of drift wood to search through
Plenty of drift wood to search through
Captain hook lost his hand
Captain hook lost his hand
There are plenty of foam and buoys hiding along the shore line
There are plenty of foam and buoys hiding along the shore line
Found this nice long sleeve made in Mexico. Surprisingly it was nor ripped or tattered at all.
Found this nice long sleeve made in Mexico. Surprisingly it was nor ripped or tattered at all.

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I usually end up straying from the beach to go down by the water and search for sea creatures. The colors of everything always surprise me every time.

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Baby sunfish
Baby sunfish

Alaskan Cabin in the Woods

Alaskan Cabin in the Woods

Today, July 17th marks the day of our arrival to my birthplace, Alaska! After a grueling six and a half hour flight from Orlando to Seattle and an overnight stay with our very large cat, followed by another short one and a half flight from Seattle to Ketchikan Alaska, and finishing off with a 45 minute boat ride, we finally made it to our home. Meyers Chuck is a very small community with no gas stations, no roads, no cars, no stores, nothing. All that you will find in Meyers Chuck are the wonderful people that reside here, most of them only during the summer months.

I thought I would share with you our little cabin in the woods.

The view
The view and a little guitar playing
Steps down to the water. The tide is currently on it's way in. Twice a day this area is completely dry.
Steps down to the water. The tide is currently on it’s way in. Twice a day this area is completely dry.
Our little seating place for some nighttime s'mores. Yummmm
Our little seating place for some nighttime s’mores. Yummmm
The staple shoe for every Alaskan, XTRATUF
The staple shoe for every Alaskan, XTRATUFs
One of the ways to travel around Meyers Chuck are the trails built throughout the community.
One of the ways to travel around Meyers Chuck are the trails built throughout the community.
Our 25 lb. kitty is roosted up, checking for mice
Our 25 lb. kitty is roosted up, checking for mice
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Everything seems so much greener up here!

 

You always gotta have your fresh fruits!
You always gotta have you fresh fruits!
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Fortunate enough to have this beautiful view.

 

And keep checking back for more updates on what’s going on in Alaska for the next two weeks.