I HOPE ..

MAKE NO MISTAKE .. I FULLY REALIZE HOW BLESSED AND HOW LUCKY AND HOW FORTUNATE I AM TO BE ABLE TO TRAVEL AS I DO. THE ENTIRE POINT OF MY WEBSITE HERE IS TO REALIZE MY DESIRE THAT .. IN SOME SMALL WAY .. ONE OF MY POSTS OR ONE OF MY PHOTOGRAPHS WILL MAKE ONE PERSON'S DAY JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER.

TO FEEL GOOD .. DO GOOD !

I HOPE THAT SOMEONE VISITING MY WEBSITE WILL SEE SOMETHING ON IT THAT THEY WILL NOT EVER BE ABLE TO SEE OR TO DO OTHERWISE .. AND THAT THIS EXPERIENCE WILL MAKE THEIR DAY OR THEIR LIFE JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER !


IF YOU HAVE YOUR HEALTH AND ADEQUATE MONEY TO FOLLOW-YOUR-DREAM .. WITH DISCERNMENT .. FIND THE COURAGE AND HAVE THE GUTS TO DO WHAT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO DO!


TRULY THIS IS MY DOXOLOGY .. MY PRAISE TO GOD!

YOU CAN ALSO VISIT .. http://babakaps.net .. TO SEE MY OTHER WEBSITE.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

JUL 21, 19 .. MINERALS .. IN RUSSIAN SIBERIA .. HAVE A LOOK-SEE

Irkutsk has a Mineral Museum that I visited and so I decided to share with you (who may be interested) some photos that I took there.

The Museum is across Lermontova Street from the Lermontov Shopping Mall. Patti and I became quite fond of this Mall and did some grocery shopping here.

In the below photo, it is impossible to see Patti, but Patti could look down from her location in the Food Court on the upper floor of the Mall and clearly see me down on the street.


Finding the Museum was a real challenge.

Below we see the entrance to the Mineral Museum. 


It was a real challenge because I walked past the entrance several times not recognizing it to be the Mineral Museum.



I was not-about to open the above foreboding gates!

Further finding the Museum was difficult because it sits within a large complex of State and University Buildings. At least in my opinion, it is not clearly marked.

On my first effort to find the Museum, I finally gave-up on finding it and returned to the Lermontov Mall and Patti and I returned home.

Then I did some on-line research and returned. In spite of my on-line work, in spite of asking several people in the vicinity who tried to explain to me its location, again I was lost.

Meet Anastasia.


She was walking (in what I felt was the general vicinity of the Museum) when I (this was my last effort) got her attention and asked her about it.

In perfect English she said : "Yes I know where it is. I have worked there and I know some of the staff. I will take you there."

Up to the foreboding iron gates she walked.


She reached in, and opened the gates, and onward we two walked.

No Anastasia. 

No visit to the Mineral Museum.





And so my quest was about to be completed. 

You will find The Rest Of The Anastasia Story at the end of this Post.


There was a very small fee (U.S. $1.54) to enter and a second small fee (U.S. $2.31) to take photographs.


As you enter the Museum, the fees were collected by the lady at the table in the photo below.


Bless her, Anastasia stayed right at my side during my visit and explained many of the exhibits to me.

I politely kept-my-mouth-shut and I did not tell Anastasia that I have studied Geology and knew about geodes etc.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geode

As bad-luck would have it, my photos of some magnificent geodes all turned out poorly. 

























THE REST OF THE ANASTASIA STORY

As we left the Museum, I said goodbye to Anastasia and turned to go back to the Lermontov Shopping Mall and meet-up with Patti.

Anastasia remained fixed at my side. When we two were back at the Mall we two waved up to Patti. 

I called Patti and explained to Patti who the gorgeous young (19-year-old) lady with me was.


Then I said to Anastasia : "Would you like to meet my wife Patti?"

"Oh YES !!"


The three of us enjoyed some ice cream together and had quite a long and very pleasant visit.


Patti and I suspect that Anastasia was enjoying visiting in English with us.


Anastasia, Patti and Cap

Saturday, 20 July 2019

JUL 20, 19 .. SOME BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS .. CHITA, RUSSIAN SIBERIA.

I have had posting-these-photos on my To-Do List for far too long. They were taken last May at several locations in Chita during our visit.

Notice in the title I just say some beautiful flowers.

In Russian they are BAGULNIK (БАГУЛЬНИК) flowers.

We call them Ledum or Wild Rosemary or Labrador Tea.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_subsect._Ledum

In Chita they only bloom during the Month of May for about two weeks. My hostess was thrilled when she saw them and just had to show them to me. Patti missed seeing them.












Patti (My Flower Lover) and Cap

Below are photos of some of Patti's flower baskets at our Condo in Anchorage, Alaska.



Friday, 12 July 2019

JUL 12, 19 .. SOME RANDOM PHOTOS OF HONG KONG'S STAR FERRIES

Go figure, I am not able to do so.

From here in our room at the Kowloon YMCA hotel, I am not able to get on-line to do a Post on dot.net. I was not able to get onto blogspot either. 

Then Patti and I somehow were able to get onto Gullible's website. We left a few comments. To leave these comments, I had to sign into my blogspot site, and successfully did so.

Then suddenly I was in my dashboard here.

So here we go with some Star Ferry photos from Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor.

We are NOT the only ones in-love-with the Star Ferries. 

Oh No. Just look at the below photo.


"Crossing Victoria Harbour with Star Ferry is one of the fifty places of a lifetime."

Or so sayeth the National Geographic Traveler.

I love this, we are on board our Star Ferry and across from us look who we see.

She is a one-and-only, multi-colored, feminine ferry. I figure there has to be a female to produce more ferries and here she is.



We are pulling away from the terminal pier heading out into Victoria Harbor.

Below you see a cruise ship docked in the harbor.




Here we go, out into Victoria Harbor, leaving from the Kowloon Star Ferry Terminal.







In the below photos we are looking at Hong Kong from the harbor.






In the below photos, you are looking at the lower deck of the ferry.





Well that-is-that for this short trip across Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor on a Star Ferry.

Below we are approaching Hong Kong's Central Star Ferry Terminal.



"Patti are you hungry?"

"I sure could eat half of a tuna footlong Cap!"







Ladies and Gentlemen, Sports Fans Everywhere..

We aren't talking while the flavor lasts.

From Hong Kong.

Patti and Cap