Monday, August 12, 2013

"Those trees! Those trees! Those truffula trees!"

"All my life I'd been searching for trees such as these! The touch of their tufts was much softer than silk, and they had the sweet smell of fresh butterfly milk!" *

We found what looks like truffula trees in a small boggy section of a lake just down from Mendenhall Glacier.  Not sure where Dr. Suess found his.  We did look for the Lorax and Oncler, but they were nowhere to be found.  We kept searching until we found ourselves a little bit lost.  Thanks to Rick's good sense of direction and Gwen's ability to keep quiet, while fighting tree branches of all sizes grasping at her face and hair, we found our way back to civilization a few hour later!  
We then picked blueberries, blueberries, blueberries!  They were very tiny, but with determination, we were able to get a pint of  the delectable little things.  There was much evidence of bear near the area and even what looked like a den, so we were watchful as we shared from his bounteous backyard.

We have been spending a lot of time on our blog with the cold and wild adventures that Southeast Alaska has to offer.  

We have walked to and flown to the Mendenhall Glacier.

We continue to see bubble net feeding Humpback whales...

Steller Sea Lions

And the amazing scenery that goes along with all of these adventures.

But what about Those trees! Those trees! Those ever present Trees.  One thing that South East Alaska has is Trees.  We have seen quite a few trees this summer.  Those pictured above are just off of the Salmon Creek Trail.  Everywhere you look at you see trees going up the side of every mountain.

There are large trees (yes we are tree huggers...we try to see if we can reach around some of the virgin timber and we can't!) small trees, live trees and dead trees.   We've also seen our fair share of water and woods creatures...which then create their own environments.

Oh, did I mention that we also had Crab last night...?  Our wonderful neighbors/landlords shared their catch of Dungeoness Crab.  We quickly devoured the sweet, delicate meat. There are so many delicious foods that we can partake of in Alaska.  To know it comes fresh from the ocean or directly from the land (in the case of the blueberries, salmon berries, huckleberries, etc) is a real treat!  Wish we could bring it all back with us to share!

* Quotes taken from the Lorax by Dr. Suess