Monday, June 30, 2008

Canoe Trip

Yea! We finally got a Date Day! So very exciting. We usually try to not to put the kiddos in Day Care just to have a day to ourselves - but every now and then parents need a break! So this was our break. The kids enjoyed themselves playing with their friends at school from 9-3 while Mom and Dad enjoyed a day of relaxation!

We went canoeing down the Chena River. We only did 6 miles which we thought would take us a few hours so we didn't do the longer version we had planned out first. Let me tell ya, Google Earth is pretty neat. I saw Jeff work on it really fast! (He uses it often for his work). After a late start - and the Sportmans Wearhouse opening at 10 (why doesn't it open at 9 like we had planned?!?) we went in the Chena a little before noon.

It was a nice and quiet float down the Chena River. The sky was blue, the birds were chirping, minimal to no mosquitoes and beautiful scenery. We did however see no wildlife! We were hoping to catch a glimpse of a bear or a moose grazing. There were plenty of GIANT dragon flies though. Never in my life have I seen them this big. I tell ya, things grown differently up here in Alaska! haha.

Another weird thing we saw during our float are plenty of cars. Cars there were in the river. Im dead serious. They were old cars, like '50s '60s cars which were embedded into the embankment of the river. They had to have been there for years because they were all rusted out. I tried to get a great picture of one car in particular that was sideways, sticking out of the dirt right above the water line, but they came out all blurry - so this the one that turned out decent enough to share. Isn't that the weirdest thing you've ever seen. (Well maybe not weirdest, but up there!) They were lined up about 1/4 mile down the river road. I tried to research it on the Internet, thinking that there must have been an article about it somewhere in the paper - but nada. Im intrigued, I'll let ya know if I find anything out...wait for an update!

We finished our trip and while loading up the car we seemed to have made two friends. Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dum. They came out of nowhere while we were tying down the canoe to the Jeep. They must have lived on a farm or some sort because they were domestic. They didn't run away when we chased them or threw pebbles at them. At one point Jeff and I were able to pet them. And after we would try to chase them, they would waddle away and we turned around to walk away they would follow us. I had to yell at them because they were trying to eat our car at one point! As we were driving down the dirt road back to the main road I looked back and Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dum waddling after our car. If we had a pond at our house we totally would have snatched them up and brought them home to be the newest edition to the Harmon Family!


The Beans said...

I am so envious of all your outdoor adventures!!! You know I LOVE a good outdoor trip, but you just don't get that kind of fun here in Cali! Or when you marry a city boy!! I miss those fun times. We are actually going camping next week. It's my first time since we've been married. Even longer than that!!! I can't wait to see how it goes, especially with the girls...there will actually be 12 kids under the age of 8 with us!!! YIKES!

Natalie said...

Looks like so much fun. I LOVE date days, nights! It's nice to get out and put aside the fact that you're parents and your whole life revolves around two little children. You get refreshed, miss your kids and enjoy them all the more after!