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, 10 October 2021

OCT 10, 21 .. ALASKA'S BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN SCENERY .. PART 1 .. DENALI / MT McKINLEY

In this life, sometimes you just ask yourself to take a few deep breaths, and get on with a project even though you are uncertain as to where you will get and what the project will look like.

In this case I am trying to post some (I think) beautiful photos that Patti and I enjoyed seeing and snapping on our recent trip North from Anchorage, Alaska to Fairbanks, Alaska (360 miles), and then from Fairbanks to Manley Hot Springs (160 miles).

The problem is this : Some of the photos I snapped with my Nikon Coolpix L31 and some of them I snapped with my Samsung Galaxy A10 Smartphone.

Getting photos from the Nikon Coolpix L31 into a post is very straight forward and is something that I have ten years of successful experience doing. For one thing, during this process, I have nicely numbered thumb nail images of each photo in my Nikon Coolpix.

Getting the photos from the Samsung Galaxy A10 into my computer is an entirely different matter. I have been totally unable to master (a supposedly easy process) transferring photos directly from the Samsung Galaxy A10 into my laptop. 

The process that I have developed is this : I (one photo at a time) send a photo (via email) to myself from my smartphone. Then I open my email and download the photo from my email into my Downloads folder in my computer.

And? I do not have a thumbnail image of the photos in my Downloads folder. Instead I have a fourteen (14) digit number. So I have to figure out which photo belongs to which fourteen (14) digit number. If you think that organizing the photos is easy, please come and sit beside me and show me the easier way.

OK. Below you will see (and I hope) enjoy my efforts to show you some photos of Mount McKinley (also known as Denali up here in Alaska).

The below Wikipedia link will give you a lot of information about Denali.

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

"Please Captain, show us some photos!"

To get from Anchorage, Alaska, to Fairbanks, the most direct way is to drive North up the Parks Highway.

The first photos below were taken before we reached the Denali Mountain area, about 135 miles North of Anchorage. They show what the Parks Highway looked like on a beautiful Autumn Wednesday, September 29th 2021.



In the above and below photos, in the far distance, you can see the white snow of Denali.


Denali plays a little peek-a-boo with you as you motor North.







Now we have arrived at the Denali viewing area.




Our trusted steed, our 1999 Chevrolet Suburban.


Now some photos of Denali. 

You can't imagine how rare it is to see such a clear view of Denali.

In Patti's 58-1/2 years in Alaska, this was (in Patti's words) the MOST spectacular Mt. McKinley day EVER in being able to see it for mile after mile, on and on and on! 

It is usually obscured, at least in part, by clouds that cover its peak.





Well there you have it! We are happy with how this post evolved and how it worked out. 

We hope you have enjoyed it.

Smiles and Hugs .. Cap and Patti



Friday, 8 October 2021

OCT 8, 21 .. WILDLIFE RIGHT HERE AT OUR ANCHORAGE CONDOMINIUM

 Early this afternoon, Patti and I were getting ready to go out and run some errands.

Suddenly Patti cried out from our bedroom..

"Cap! Come in here! There is a mother moose and her yearling out on our front porch!"

I did not jump and run into our bedroom. First, I grabbed my camera then dashed into our bedroom.

To orient you just a little bit, below are several photos looking out from our bedroom window.


Notice on the extreme right edge of each of these two photos, the steps and the iron hand rail leading up to our front entryway porch. 


 Well Hello Mother Moose (on the right) and Hello Yearling.


Yes, the below photo is a tad blurry, but you get the idea. The yearling Moose has backed away from its mother and is heading for our bedroom window.


Whoa! Hello yearling!

We couldn't believe this encounter!



IF we had the window open, the yearling might have stuck its head into our bedroom.



Then the two of them ambled away heading to the left and wandered up the street. I (for only one micro-second) thought I'd step out front and follow them. Then sanity returned! IF one values their life, one does not get near, nor interfere, with a mother moose and her offspring. 

Smiling .. Cap and Patti

Thursday, 30 September 2021

SEP 29, 21 .. THE DRIVE .. ANCHORAGE, ALASKA NORTH TO FAIRBANKS, ALASKA

Yesterday, Wednesday, September the 29th, 2021, Patti and I began a trip North from Anchorage, Alaska, to our Cabin in Manley Hot Springs (Manley), Alaska.

Because the total trip is approximately 520 miles, and because the most challenging part of the trip is the 160 mile leg from Fairbanks to Manley, we break our trip into two days. First we drive from Anchorage North to Fairbanks about 360 miles. We then stay overnight in Fairbanks. 

The second day, before going to Manley, we shop for groceries and other necessities that we cannot purchase in Manley. Then in the afternoon we head for Manley.

Because it is past midnight, and I am very tired, this Post will only show our beginning in Anchorage and part of the drive to Fairbanks. 

The reason I am going to this effort as tired as I am, is because for the next week or so we will be totally off line with no internet service. And a beginning is better than nothing.

Here we go. Leaving Anchorage.

What I hope you will notice in the next photos below, is the beauty of the mountains in the distance. Daily we enjoy seeing them.

The tall, slender building to the right in the below photo is the Merrill Field Airport Control Tower.

Even in bumper to bumper traffic, the beauty of our surrounding mountains is magnificent.


Now we are getting away from the city and heading North.




When I am on a long drive, I try to stop every hour and take a break. However, on this drive, I drive 100 miles (two hours) until I get to the Talkeetna, Alaska, truck stop. 



Often, in fact usually, I will get a tuna footlong Subway sandwich. Not today however, but Patti and I did stop for about 20 minutes after the two hour drive to this point.

North we continue.







Well Hello! What on this good earth do we have here?


Is it a junk yard in our beautiful Alaska?


No, it only looks like a junk yard. 

What we have here is the World Famous Wal*Mike's (a play on Walmart) in Trapper Creek, Alaksa, on the Parks Highway. 

Check out Mike by clicking onto the below link.






Wal*Mike's, Trapper Creek,  Alaska, at Milepost 115 on the Parks Highway. Yes! We two often stop here and take a break.


The clock now shows it is 1:30AM and I am out of gas. So Patti and I will leave you here at Wal*Mikes.

Oh! By the way! When we return in a few weeks, the following photos will show you some real Alaskan scenery that we will show in our next Post.







Till we meet again!

Cap and Patti

Oh. Before we really sign off, Patti and I enjoyed a plate of Singapore Rice Noodles for dinner here in Fairbanks tonight.



Enough Captain ! 

Notice below that this was published at 2:35am (0235 hours). No wonder I'm tired. Up at 5am to start packing out. Then the drive.