Monday, July 20, 2009

Leaving Alaska

We had to leave at 4 am in the morning to get to the Anchorage airport. Guiness slept on Amanda's lap as she drove the Seward Highway.
We drove through a bird sanctuary as the sun was coming up but mist was still hanging on the ground. Chickaloon Flats on Turnagin Arm in the morning light.
We had to try to get a perfect picture of this gorgeous red sun.
In the process we found these two young moose, too. Sorry about the quality of the second one.

I had to hurry to get to my plane and called Amanda when I got sat down. I was crying so bad from not getting to say goodbye properly (what's properly, they're all hard). When I hung up the lady next to me touched my arm and asked me if I as all right. She was so sweet. Turns out you would have loved her, she and her husband were birders who earlier this year had been to Nome, Alaska in search of some rare birds to fill their list. We talked all the way to Portland. Sandy if you read this it was so nice being a seatmate with you.
Saying goodbye to the Land of the Midnight Sun. Diane


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh I know how hard it must have been to leave your Sweetie and family and that gorgeous area of the world. I'm so glad that you had a wonderful trip, Diane. It was nice to meet someone so nice on the plane also!!!!!

Have a wonderful day..

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Alaska is a beautiful place,one I would like to visit sometime.It is so sweet to have a stranger who raelly cares.I'm glad you were in a seat next to such a wonderful person.

Jayne said...

Goodbyes are never easy, are they? Even though we can stay in close touch these days, it's still hard. SO glad you had the time with them there and that it was so special.