The Nitro Zipline & the Matanuska Glacier from afar

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The Nitro Zipline in Glacier View, AK

The zipline is 1,500 feet long and it goes so fast it takes a minute to get to the bottom!

The view from the starting point of the Nitro zipline in Glacier View, AK

The view from the starting point of the Nitro zipline in Glacier View, AK

The base of The Nitro Zipline in Glacier View, AK

The base of zipline — love seeing those Alaskan flags!

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Day 1: Coming home to Alaska, spotting the trip’s first bear

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We saw this black bear as we were getting off the tram in the Alyeska Resort near Girdwood, AK.

We spotted this black bear as we were getting off the tram in the Alyeska Resort near Girdwood, AK.

If you didn’t already know it, I’m originally from Kodiak, Alaska. Sadly, I haven’t been back to my home state in years. Feeling a little homesick for the Last Frontier, I booked a trip to see my family in Anchorage. I’ll be flying back to Portland on Sunday, but until then expect some fun Alaska posts. Anchorage isn’t quite Kodiak, but the snow-capped mountains, rocky beaches and tons of mosquitos still feel like home.

My cats like it when I cook…

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Simply for the possibility that the kitchen window will be open.

Tuxedo kitties in window

Longing for the squirrels that they cannot chase.

Tuxedo kitties in window

The gruesome twosome: always optimistic that one day the screen will not be there.

Flowers for Mothers…

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Irises

It’s pretty fun being able to pick flowers right from my garden…

Iris

It’s also very convenient that my mom loves irises!

And as a side note: I have finally recovered from my vacation withdrawal and will be back to posting regularly starting tomorrow.

Things I miss already…

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I’m suffering from serious vacation withdrawal. The good news is that it’s absolutely gorgeous in Portland right now and I can sit in my backyard with a beer and a book and pretend I’m still in the Caribbean (kind of). And, in my travels, I discovered two delicious things that I can’t wait to indulge in again, this time on domestic soil.

1. A Mojito Royale. All the minty goodness of a rum-filled mojito…copiously topped with Champagne. Yes please!

Mojito Royale from the Rainbow Club in Grand Case, St Martin

Mojito Royale from the Rainbow Club in Grand Case, St Martin

2. Johnny Cakes. How have I never eaten these before?? They are the stuff dreams are made of!

Talk of the Town, St Martin

Shrimp Skewer and Johnny Cakes, Talk of the Town, Grand Case, St. Martin

The life of a tropical island cat…

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I am sure that in all honesty island life is hard on stray kitties, but this guy seems to do just fine. Grand Case Beach Club, St. Martin.

I am sure that in all honesty island life is hard on stray kitties, but this guy seems to do just fine. Grand Case Beach Club, St. Martin.