Baseball Anyone???

Seventeen years ago on a rainy August evening at The Ballpark in Arlington; Maw Maw, Paw Paw and two adorable little blond headed five year-olds were ready for our first major league baseball experience.  Our seats were front row but way out in left field.  Out there with Rusty Greer; Bobby Witt was on the mound and some kid they called Pudge was behind the plate.  In the visitor’s dugout were the mighty Yankees.

In the top of the first inning the young Yankee shortstop only in his second full major league season stepped in the batter’s box; his uniform number was 2, the name JETER above the 2 in block letters.

Conner said with confidence “Maw Maw, he’s good” Cale agreed.  No one told them he was good, they came to that conclusion based on what they saw on TV and from reading the sports page every day.  The guys learned to read and picked up their basic math skills from the sports page before they started school.

Last night at Yankee Stadium in the bottom of the 9th number 2 stepped in the box; the score was tied there was a runner on 2nd base.  Jeter hit a clean single to right field, the run scored, Yankees Win. A fitting end to a great career, it was his last appearance before the home fans at Yankee Stadium.

I think Conner and his Maw Maw watched the game and Conner probably looked at her, smiled, and said “remember a long time ago I told you he was good”.

I have never been a Yankees fan, in fact when I was a kid I hated me some Yankees, I outgrew the hate but never became a fan.  Over the years I became a Derek Jeter fan.  In my opinion number 2 is a class act.

To Derek: You have been good for the game, baseball will miss you.  Enjoy whatever is next.

To Conner: Your time here was too short to build the following of the Yankees #2, but those of us fortunate enough to know you still love you and miss you every day.  Give your Maw Maw a hug for me.

Thanks for listening, keep me in your prayers.

Good Night and God Bless.

Dave

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Last of the Pics; I Promise

Just a few more pics and I won’t mention Alaska again; unless I go there again.

I think the longer we were gone the fewer pictures I took or maybe the quality just declined.

We start tonight in Fairbanks.

Our ride north of the Arctic Circle to Coldfoot and Wiseman

Our ride north of the Arctic Circle to Coldfoot and Wiseman

A good look at the Yukon river

A good look at the Yukon river

Yes, it is the Alaska Pipeline near Coldfoot

Yes, it is the Alaska Pipeline near Coldfoot

About as peaceful as it gets; Wiseman, Alaska

About as peaceful as it gets; Wiseman, Alaska

Some more Wiseman

Some more Wiseman

They wanted to name the place Ptarmigan, no one knew how to spell it. They just called it Chicken

They wanted to name the place Ptarmigan, no one knew how to spell it. They just called it Chicken

Near Chicken

Near Chicken

A mostly gravel but worth it beautiful  180 mile drive

A mostly gravel but worth it beautiful 180 mile drive

Fixed a flat (almost) at this little self serve in Chicken

Fixed a flat (almost) at this little self serve in Chicken

A typical view along the "Top of the World"

A typical view along the “Top of the World”

Our hotel in Dawson City, Yukon Yerritory

Our hotel in Dawson City, Yukon Yerritory

Sunset on the Yukon River at 11:05 pm

Sunset on the Yukon River at 11:05 pm

Looking down on Dawson City and the Yukon

Looking down on Dawson City and the Yukon

The next three are of Emerald Lake between Whitehorse, YT and Skagway AK; it had to be the “Oh My God” look at that view of the entire trip.

7006 (Small)

7005 (Small)

7015 (Large)

These three are just outside Skagway; near the abandoned gold rush town of Dyea.

7066 (Small)

7029 (Small)

7063 (Small)

On our way to Sitka

On our way to Sitka

A little of the Russian heritage in Sitka

A little of the Russian heritage in Sitka

Another look at Sitka

Another look at Sitka

Chasing Salmon, we saw a lot of these guys

Chasing Salmon, we saw a lot of these guys

One more look over the stern

One more look over the stern

The sun sets on a great trip.

The sun sets on a great trip.

Thanks for riding along; I hope I didn’t bore you too much.

Good Night and God Bless.

Dave

Just a Few More Pics…….

Allow me to bore you with a few more pictures of our 49th and the Yukon Territory. I promise I’m going to put his Alaska deal to bed soon and write about something else or don’t write. At least if I do it this way you don’t have to be nice and pretend to pay attention and enjoy the things.

I think we were running around the Gulf of Alaska on that tour boat when I quit last time. We will continue from there.

Ah, a Humpback finally got in range of the 300mm telephoto.

Ah, a Humpback finally got in range of the 300mm telephoto.

More Humpback, these guys put on quite a show.  I probably have 40 pics kind of like this one.

More Humpback, these guys put on quite a show. I probably have 40 pics kind of like this one.

Probably the highlight of the day.  Three pods of Orcas, about 30 of them, traveling together.

Probably the highlight of the day. Three pods of Orcas, about 30 of them, traveling together.

Another of about a million shots of the pretty stuff

Another of about a million shots of the pretty stuff

Harbor Seals, living the good life.

Harbor Seals, living the good life.

Just some more glacier

Just some more glacier

One of my favorites

One of my favorites

See the pretty little Puffin

See the pretty little Puffin

The Harbor at Seward

The Harbor at Seward

We said good bye to Seward and went north to Talkeetna and Denali.

Our ride for 27 miles down the Chulitna river

Our ride for 27 miles down the Chulitna river

A good look at McKinley from my seat in the raft

A good look at McKinley from my seat in the raft

The big guy "McKinley" or "Denali" if you prefer says goodnight

The big guy “McKinley” or “Denali” if you prefer says goodnight

A '53 Dehavilland Beaver, our ride to a glacier on McKinley

A ’53 Dehavilland Beaver, our ride to a glacier on McKinley

On our way there

On our way there

More on our way there

More on our way there

Patty, on the glacier

Patty, on the glacier

On the way back

On the way back

Welcome to Denali

Welcome to Denali

Our ride.  It was clean when we started.

Our ride. It was clean when we started.

The pic doesn't do it justice.

The pic doesn’t do it justice.

Look Ma, no guard rail.

Look Ma, no guard rail.

More scenery

More scenery

Don't need to tell you.  It's a mama moose

Don’t need to tell you. It’s a mama moose

Just a pretty little lake deep in Denali

Just a pretty little lake deep in Denali

It had character and the food was good, that's all you need.

It had character and the food was good, that’s all you need.

A mama and her babies.  I know, but I was shooting a 300mm out a bus window.

A mama and her babies. I know, but I was shooting a 300mm out a bus window.

A little farther down the road.  Papa bear

A little farther down the road. Papa bear

Good bye Denali, It was fun.

Good bye Denali, It was fun.

I still have about 25 or so but i am going to quit tonight, I’ll do the rest of them in a day or two.

Good Night and God Bless.

Dave

I Said I Would

The last time I was here I said I would put something together and post some pictures in a few days. I guess in my world 17 or 18 is a few.
I could tell you I’ve been busy or I’ve been sick or any number of other excuses. I really have been sick but Doc thinks he can get my BP back down to an acceptable level and tonight the ring finger on my left hand is throbbing like a son of a gun, darn crowbar. Fact is I just haven’t been in a writing mood and I just finished screwing with the pictures a couple days ago.
I will bore you with a few stats before we see the pics. I used four different cameras and snapped a shutter on the north side of 1700 times. I don’t need to tell you a lot of them were garbage; however the first scrub left me with 895 keepers. I tightened the limits and still wound up with over 200 suitable for “show and tell”.
I think WordPress (my blog host) would pull the plug if I tried to share all of them with you so I scrubbed again. I think I have just over seventy to share.
I have them in kind of a sequence to correspond with our trip. I will try to put a little info with each pic.

Hwy 101 north of Coos Bay, OR

Hwy 101 north of Coos Bay, OR

A great lunch stop at some little town in Oregon

A great lunch stop at some little town in Oregon

Our ride from Bellingham to Ketchikan

Our ride from Bellingham to Ketchikan

Some prefer camping on the boat; we preferred not to camp.

Some prefer camping on the boat; we preferred not to camp.

Always need a little duct tape

Always need a little duct tape

Dinner aboard the Columbia

Dinner aboard the Columbia

Lighthouse along the inside passage

Lighthouse along the inside passage

A shopping area in Ketchikan.

A shopping area in Ketchikan.

One of many Totem Poles in Ketchikan.

One of many Totem Poles in Ketchikan.

I am the short one.

I am the short one.

The Mendenhall glacier in Juneau

The Mendenhall glacier in Juneau

Somewhere between Juneau and Whittier

Somewhere between Juneau and Whittier

Flowers outside the museum in Anchorage

Flowers outside the museum in Anchorage

Locals Salmon fishing in Shipp Creek just outside our hotel in Anchorage.

Locals Salmon fishing in Shipp Creek just outside our hotel in Anchorage.

View of Cook Inlet from our hotel in Homer

View of Cook Inlet from our hotel in Homer

The harbor on the Homer Spit

The harbor on the Homer Spit

Our ride for a great day out of Seward

Our ride for a great day out of Seward

Near Seward (I just like the pic)

Near Seward (I just like the pic)

Patty and some glacier; I don't remember it's name.

Patty and some glacier; I don’t remember it’s name.

Near Seward

Near Seward

I'm at a loss for words

I’m at a loss for words

Sea Lions posing for the tourists

Sea Lions posing for the tourists

Just one I like

Just one I like

Another glacier shot

Another glacier shot

Another one I like

Another one I like

I am going to quit tonight, I think i am about 1/3 through. I will see how this works; if they do OK I will try to run some more tomorrow.

Good Night and God Bless.

Dave