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Alaska – August 2015

A month ago today, Alastair and I were enjoying the last day of our 2 week holiday in Alaska.

The main reason for our trip was to visit a family friend, Ellen Whitcher, who turned 100 yrs old on August 21. Ellen and my mother served in the American Red Cross during WWII and they met while stationed at Fort Richardson in Anchorage. Our family lived in Anchorage from 1956 to 1960 while my father was stationed at Elmendorf AFB, and we returned to Alaska after he retired from the Air Force, living in Fairbanks from 1964 to 1967. Ellen and her husband were also living in Fairbanks at that time, so I got to know them during the years we were there. Ellen is still every bit as bright, funny and lively as she was then. May we all age so well!

In addition to visiting Ellen, Alastair and I enjoyed quite a few wonderful hikes, some of them with my brother, John, who joined us for a week. Here are a few of my favorites!

Bird Ridge Trail, located in Chugach State Park along Turnagain ArmBird Ridge Hike 01_WP

Kathleen Bober Bird Ridge Trail, Anchorage, Alaska

Encounter with black bear at end of Bird Ridge Trail hike.

Denali National Park, Mt. HealyHealy Hike 01_WP
Talkeetna, with Denali in the backgroundTalkeetna 01_WPDenali_02_WPDenali_01_WP
Thatcher PassThatch Pass Hike 01_WPThatch Pass Hike 02_WPThatch Pass Hike 03_WPThatch Pass Hike 05_WPThatch Pass Hike 04_WP