ON THE BACK BURNER

August 24

I am almost back to Port Townsend.I have experienced a rock slide, the loss of a hiking shoe sole,rain,National Park closure,an unexpected night in a hotel because of the road closure, and now, in the train ride from Denali to Anchorage, the train had to be joined by a pilot train to take us through a fire that was still burning up to the tracks. It must be exciting to live in Alaska. On the 90 mile,6 hour drive to the train depot, we counted 13 grizzlies that we saw, a red fox that would not move off of the road and ran in front of the bus for at least 1/4 of a mile, caribou, one bald eagle and a ground squirrel. We were so lucky with the weather. We actually got to see Denali for several days before the rain and grey skies came. I learned so much about the ground cover,permafrost, rocks,trees,mining,lost dreams of the gold rush and how difficult life can be in the Yukon, and out door toilets. I am in the not so warm airport but there is running hot water and toilets that flush. My traveling companion grandson is at another gate and soon we will all be back where we started. What an adventure! I hope that Noodle remembers me.

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29.08 | 13:45

Don't quite know how this got to me but it was on the top line of my computer (not in email) But I really enjoyed it. I truly admire you.

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31.07 | 07:02

Leona, do you have a date or a booked flight that you come back ?

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20.07 | 13:55

Everything sounds so wonderful Leona. Venice will seem boring . I would want to move to Portownsend where the kids are living. All sounds great . Is there?

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19.07 | 12:33

That lavender sounds very nice!

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