Are We Walking to Alaska

Are We Walking to Alaska
Are We Walking to Alaska - A True Story

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Ducks

Sometimes on Friday nights we take a car picnic and go down to the Alaska Ferry Terminal to watch the Alaska Ferry depart. I grew up in Alaska and they started the ferry system during my senior year of high school. We traveled to music festivals and basketball games on the ferries. It was great fun - we laughed - we flirted with the other teams - we gabbed and we sometimes even slept a little bit.


At the dock . . .

After Don and I were married (in Texas) we decided to move back to Alaska and we took the ferry home.

There they go . . .

Now we sit and watch the ferry as it departs - listen to the whistle blow and echo off the hills of Bellingham. That is one of my favorite sounds - I could listen to it forever. We haven't been back to Alaska in over 40 years, but these trips to the ferry make us want to go - and we shall - someday.

Down the channel and to Alaska . . .

This past Friday we were treated to a display of ducks in the bay.


Here they come . . .


There they go . . .

All in a line . . .

Barrow's Golden Eye ducks - such cute small ducks - and they swam right in front of where we were parked. I got out of the car and stood in the chilly wind to get some good pictures.


I'm glad I did. The little flock swam back and forth in front of us and under the small dock nearby, several times, so I had lots of chances for good pictures.



This little guy was very vocal . . .


Good bye . . .


See you later . . . alligator - oh nooooo - hope there are no alligators in this bay . . .

There was one lone Western Grebe fishing . . .


And this lovely fellow lit right by our car . . .

So - where's my food ?


I said - where's my food???

I'll tell my brother you didn't give me any of your sandwich!


And he'll tell the king over there on the pilings.

8 comments:

Joyce said...

Glad you got out of the car because I enjoyed your photos!

ann said...

Aren't they just gorgeous?And don't you wish our kids would mind us half as well as ducks?...Ann

Happy To Be said...

Great post and pictures...thanks for sharing...Happy Wednesday to you...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

prof en retraite said...

Beautiful photos! The Pacific Northwest is an area I'd love to visit!...Debbie

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Wow, your pictures are beautiful! Great post! ☺ Diane

Judanna said...

What a wonderful place to live. You have a great post to visit.

kymber said...

Seeing your pictures has brought a pang of homesickness for the PNW to my heart. I moved from Washington State to Georgia about 10 months ago and I STILL miss Washington! It is so beautiful there! Your pictures are lovely! I can almost smell the salty waters and hear the sounds of the beautiful birds - OH how I miss it!
Thank you for sharing - it made me smile to remember how beautiful my "home" away from home is.

I look forward to reading more of your interesting blog and losing myself in your beautiful pictures.
Blessings to you,
Kymber

SquirrelQueen said...

A great series of photos, the gulls are always so entertaining. I love the captions.

I lived in Anchorage for ten years and traveled all over the state, it was a wonderful experience. Now I'm on the other side of the state from you, WA has some great spot as well but I do miss AK.