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The Great Alaska Adventure: Day 2 (Part One)

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June 11, 2014 We started out our day with breakfast at a cute little place on Vashon Island called The Hardware Store. It actually used to be a hardware store but now it's a restaurant. We had a yummy breakfast complete with a yummy drink! Then to the "famous" bicycle in a tree, followed by Quartermaster Harbor and we had to see the exercise bikes on the beach. There's quite a story floating around the internet about the bike being left there by a soldier that went to war. Alas, in reality a little boy left it there because he didn't like it and told his mother it was stolen. Over the years the tree grew around it and the rest is, as they say, history!  It was so weird to see this as I had read about it on Facebook a couple months ago. Awesome selfie....by Cresia!  By the time the trip ended she was quite the pro. Evidently people like to get rid of them and set them facing the water. We didn't see anyone actually riding them. Perhaps we should have stoppe…

Day One: The Great Alaska Adventure

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June 10th 2014

It seems odd to start the Great Alaska Adventure off with pictures from Seattle, doesn't it? Well Cresia's friend, Joe lives on Vashon Island and so we started our adventure a little early via Seattle.

We started out at Lambert. The flight was delayed a little so we decided a photo op with Flat Freddie was called for, Notice we started out with two....but only one returned....more about that later. Finally we are on the plane when we are told we need to wait a few minutes due to lightening in the area, not the most confidence inspiring moments! Even after waiting we ran into a storm and some turbulence. Thankfully Joe remember to meet us at the airport and then we were on our way to his home on Vashon Island via the ferry. My grandson Evan, is amazed that we used so many modes of transportation on this trip! The next picture is one of our now "famous" selfies. We took quite a few on the trip and people kept asking us if we wanted them to take a pict…

Home from the Great Alaska Adventure

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I am home!  It's bittersweet!  We had an amazing trip but home is always sweet! This is a picture of us on the train from Denali to Fairbanks. What an awesome ride. This is in the dinner car where Dale, Barb, and I had prime rib and Cresia had chicken,. We ended the meal with an awesome warm brownie with ice cream and chocolate syrup. But I'm getting ahead of myself...there were plenty of full exciting days prior to the train ride. I am going to attempt to blog them. I'll gather my notes, Cresia's notes and all our combined memories to try and give you a glimpse into the trip of a lifetime!

I've had a two hour nap (that flight from Fairbanks to Chicago was a killer) but I'm just not up to starting this blog series....so see you soon with Day One of The Great Alaska Adventure!



The Great Alaska Adventure

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I'm ready right now to head out on the Great Alaska Adventure. I'm so used to having early morning flights that the day seems to stretch ahead of me as I patiently (ok, not so patiently) wait for the time to depart for the airport. Usually I am running around last minute throwing things into my bags and taking care of last minute details. Here's a brief outline of the trip. I hope to blog each of our days when I return. I'm taking along a journal because I know I will never be able to remember details. June 10, 2014Day One: We leave St Louis at 4:35 (St. Louis time) and arrive in Seattle at 6:50 (Seattle time). Cresia's friend, Joe is picking us up at the airport and then we will travel by ferry to Vashon Island, where he lives. Hoping for a relaxing evening while Cresia "catches up" with her friend. June 11, 2014 Day Two: We will see the island and the bicycle in the tree and then head into Seattle for a day full of adventure. June 12, 2014 Day Three:

Retirement Party: A Retirement Fiesta

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My "final" retirement party was June 7th and hosted by my family!  It was a ton of fun. We had Mexican food, drinks of all kinds and a photo booth. Needless to say we laughed and laughed! These adorable creations were on the gift and cake table. So cute that I saved them all, as I want to redo my office and think they will work great in it!
The cuteness goes on and on! Love the sayings and the colors and the pint size of all of these. Katie also made me a book to put my messages from the attendees in.


Fun with my hubby and "old" friend, Cresia. More fun with friends...... Family Craziness My best years were the years teaching kindergarten with this lady!! Mrs. Avis, our middle school nurse. Christy Mouse and the Ginger Fairy More "old" friends. Tom, my old principal and his wife Angie, elementary guidance counselor. Audrey, Matt, and Evan More friendship fun. I am so blessed to have such crazy family and friends who will jump in and join in the f…

Searching for Self

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I once wrote a short story that started out something like this. "Have you ever found yourself staring into the eyes of a stranger only to realize that stranger is you." In this day of social media, with constant "connections" to others through snapchat, texting and messaging we seldom have time to ponder "self". Yeah, yeah, I know...you are going to insist that you know exactly who you are and what you want from life. Maybe you do...but most people have a hard time just putting their dreams into words. They can't tell you what they "like to do" let alone the kind of people they want to surround themselves with. I've spent a lot of time of late, soul searching, trying to envision who I am and what I "believe" in. What do I stand for? How do I live a life of purpose without some answers to some very real questions? I'm the type of person that is always seeking to understand. Every answer I find typically unveils more quest…

40 Days 40 Words: Steps

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Steps, this blog post isn't about the ending but rather the beginning. Every great journey starts with a single step.
This journey is no exception,....let it begin!  Saturday June 7th will be my last big retirement celebration hosted by my daughter, Katie.  I'll enjoy laughing and talking surrounded by an amazing group of people. Then the "door" will be closed on my retirement and I will write the next chapter of my life.


Every summer has a story. So many people are envious of those in education that have summers off but the truth is there is a "down" side to it too. You start to feel like you live your lives in those months, cramming in as much as possible. While the start of summer brings great joy the end of summer brings a whole mix of emotions: anxiety, anticipation, worry, and excitement. The truth is, for those with the intense job of working with students the other 9 months of the year take so much energy, hours, and sometimes heartache that the s…

40 Days 40 Words: Bittersweet

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What an absolutely wonderful journey this last year has been. Days went by where I didn't even think about it being the LAST YEAR...and then as the end grew nearer, I found myself smiling a lot, sometimes just to myself. Things that normally would annoy me, simply drifted past me without a care. I found that people who, quite frankly, I didn't care for faded into the background and I found myself surrounded by an amazing group of people, (coworkers, family, friends) My heart filled with joy at how much I am blessed with great people to share this journey with! Still. all in all, it is a bittersweet time. The door above is my office door. I've walked though many doors in 30 years in education, Each door taught me something about myself and about my life. Some doors are closed forever but others are still there, lingering, waiting for another person to turn the knob. This is the door I entered through for the last several years. My office is around the corner and to the r…