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Alaska’s Travel Diary

Monday, 11 Jun 2012

Location: USA

MapIt feels great to be able to sleep in, although it was 7:00 a.m., without worry of packing and scootin’ off to another location. Gwynne has a Hot Spot on her phone which suffices in the early morning to catch up on news, but after that the AT & T ‘buffer’ here is slow due to the internet traffic. If we have anything we need to research or post we have to go to BJ’s garage where the service is a little better, but not much. As a last resort, we can go to the Espresso place where wi-fi in the past has been great. That, however, costs you a few bucks (the cost of a café latte).
Yesterday, Gwynne & Gene took Dylan to a local resident’s home to get fresh eggs (chicken and duck). They came back with stories of all the animals Dylan got to see/pet….ducks, chickens/roosters, pigs, rabbits. But I must confess, they live off the fat of the land and so…..they eat all of these things for sustenance. They have extensive gardens and a greenhouse (a necessity in the winter, of course).
We watched Mad Men on our t.v…..we have Direct T.V. which is a real amenity….Hallelujah! Bedtime was more normal (i.e. 9:30-10 p.m…..which in S.A. time is 12:30 or 1:00 a.m.). It’s not as hard as one would think to fall asleep where it is light until 1 or so in the morning and then turns light again around 4 in the morning.
Today was grocery shopping day! YIKES! Between the two of us, we spent over $400. I think this would have cost around $250 in S.A. Just to give you and idea, a bottle of soy sauce cost $3.49 here and $1.50 in S.A. OR fresh grated Parmesean was $3.60 and a package of it at H.E. B. would be $2.20. I have considered taking on a part-time job just to help pay for groceries.
We expect Pam & John Bearor tomorrow. They will have stories to tell of their lunch cruise through the Kenai Fjords of whale watching, seal viewing, glacier calving, etc. Can’t wait.
(Jennifer)