Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bicycle Race

The bike race last Friday, Saturday and Sunday provided some interesting photo opportunities. This lady was obviously with the van below.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Rain On Iris

This Saturday we had wind, rain and snow!

The Iris reminded me of this place in Prescott. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Driving To Alaska...Hyder

Main Street, Hyder, Alaska


 
                                                                                        This horse was grazing just off of the main street in the little community of  Hyder.


















He came over to greet us and seemed to want to get in with us.
We didn't see any people in Hyder but I'm sure there were some people there.


















It took us about five minutes to drive around the little town and then we headed back into Canada.

I'm not sure about the ghosts, but the horse was sure friendly.



Saturday, April 26, 2014

Driving To Alaska...Cassiar Highway



Last weekend I posted pictures from our visit to Dawson City and after we left there we headed south and back to Whitehorse. After a nice two days there we set off for Watson Lake and the Cassiar Highway shown in red on the map above. 

Cassiar Highway has some paved sections and long stretches of dirt and gravel which is not bad unless it is raining, which it was. Four wheel drive came in handy several times on our journey south.  We didn't see many other vehicles on this road but  beautiful scenery was abundant.
We saw several bears along the road. This young black bear was with it's mother but stopped to take  one last look at us. We also saw a couple of grizzly bears.


This red fox was not happy because he had to move out of the middle of the road where he was napping.












This is how you can expect your vehicle to look after a few miles on the Cassiar Highwy.

We were on our way to visit Stewart, British Columbia and Hyder, Alaska on our way back south to the lower 48.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Bearizona....White Buffalo

There is a small herd of white buffalo at Bearizona Animal Park in Williams, Arizona.


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Street Music

Just some of the entertainment you might find in Oatman, Arizona.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Who Has Been Sipping The Nectar


A hummingbird... in the rain.
A house finch....wishing for a longer beak.
An Oriole....in a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Beauty Of Spring

I took this one while out riding my bicycle a few weeks ago and forgot to post it. These beauties are finished blooming now.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Driving To Alaska.....Dawson City

Last weekend I posted pictures of the "Top Of The World Highway". Just across the Yukon river is Dawson City, Yukon. When traveling this road in early spring or late fall it is advised to check ahead to make sure the river is not frozen because this is the only way to cross.
Dawson City is a picturesque town on the banks of the Yukon River.













The old buildings and gravel streets made us feel like we had stepped back in time.











How about a stroll down the wood plank sidewalk or a night's stay at the Flora Dora Hotel?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bearizona....Bobcat

One of my favorite animals at the Bearizona animal park was the Bobcat. (Lynx Rufus)

These two beautiful and regal looking cats had a large area with lots of trees and things to do. They even had a rope swing to play with.











Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Ranch

One of the horse sculptures that grace the entrance to The Ranch At Prescott subdivision.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Window.....Famous Doors

The doors to this museum in Oatman  are evidently famous according to the note on the glass. 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rock Wall

The picture I posted yesterday was a close up of this rock wall that holds some informational plaques in Oatman.
. Sorry about the orbs. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Driving To Alaska....Top Of The World Highway

Yesterday's post had us in Chicken Alaska where we spent the night. In the morning we started off on the 108 miles of dirt and gravel road that would lead us back to the Canadian border and Dawson City, Yukon. Along this route we only saw about ten other vehicles and some beautiful scenery.


This is the international border station on the "Top Of The World Highway".












The bare patch of land in the picture to the left is the border between the United States and Canada
 (Alaska and Yukon)











Along the Top Of The World Highway

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Driving To Alaska....Fairbanks


Continuing the Alaska road trip, after Denali, we headed for Fairbanks where we spent one night. It was cloudy and rainy and I guess that is why I didn't take any pictures there.  We had wanted to drive up the Dalton highway to Coldfoot, just north of the Arctic Circle. Dalton highway is not paved and about thirty miles into the 260 mile trip it started to pour down rain. Then lightening struck the road about 20 feet in front of us so we found a wide spot and pulled over to discuss our options. As soon as we stopped, thousands of tiny mosquitoes blackened our windshield and then started coming in through the dash air vents. We turned around and hightailed it out of there. I guess you could say we got cold feet.

Big Delta State Historical Park









Rika's Roadhouse at Big Delta Sate Historical Park







So we made our way to Taylor Highway and headed for Chicken, Alaska.  This road was not paved either but we found this place to spend the night and the next day was bright and sunny.




This is the town of Chicken. We learned that the founders wanted to name the place after the many ptarmigan that they found in the area but they didn't know how to spell it so they just named the town Chicken.  We camped here over night.








Friday, April 11, 2014

Owls

The Prescott Valley Home Depot garden center has been home to an Owl nest this spring. The pair had two owlets which have been growing fast and are now out of the nest but not flying yet.

This owlet still has it's baby fluff but was not in a spot where I could get a good shot.

I think they are Great Horned Owls.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bearizona....Badger

After you have finished driving through Bearizona, you come to the walk through section where you can see the smaller animals. This one is pretty cute but I wouldn't want to get too close.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pin Wheels

Last week the lawn at the City Hall in Prescott Valley was sparkling with 2700 pin wheels spinning in the wind for child abuse prevention month.