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Alaska Adventure for the Summer 2010

The vault wood stove burning

The vault wood stove burning

In my vacationing vicariously post  about my IT daughter’s trip she promised more from Librarian Girl’s summer in Alaska – well here are the first pictures and story of their working adventures in Alaska.

This is not their first foray into the Alaskan Wilderness.  The duo met working on the Cruise West Cruise Ships  out of Seattle, Washington.   Jeff was the Educator for the cruise ship and Quinn cleaned the rooms and waited tables as a Guest Services Coordinator.

Quinn gave her parents a 10 day cruise on her ship as a treat – I will share some of those pictures in the future.

I linked you once before to Jeff’s posts about his trip to Ethiopia (and here, and here).

He does take wonderful pictures and tells a great story wherever he travels.

The big house from the vault

The big house from the vault

Last year this team worked at Glacier Bay National Park – one as a Ranger, the other once again doing Customer Service, this summer they are working one as a Ranger and the other for the Alaska Geographic Society selling books .

Here is a picture of their digs = the cabin is  dubbed the VAULT for the summer..
Jeff says:

Affectionately now known as The Vault, for the bank robber that lived in it one summer, escaping the law. Well, OK, I’m calling it The Vault. Electricity, yes. Running water, toilet, and kitchen: no. Those things are in the Big House across the way.
Two bikes that each need a little work done, and moose in the front yard last night.

vault 1

vault 1

vault 2

vault 2

And for Mother’s Day I got a lovely phone call all about their harvesting of dandelions from a meadow and making Cream of Dandelion Soup for supper.   Dandelion Root tea is next on the list.

Well, Mom I do have a whole dandelion cook book!

Last year it was spruce tip syrup and beer.   Also on the adventurer’s list is fishing for salmon and crabbing ….

I have requested NO BEARS or broken limbs on this adventure – please!

Hope you enjoy this mini vacation adventure, is this something you would like to do?  Would you need a bigger spot for your summer residence?   Do you explore and eat locally when you travel?

Looking forward to your comments, they are so appreciate them.

16 Responses to “Alaska Adventure for the Summer 2010”

  1. Talon Says:

    Jeff does take great shots! They have wonderful times together. and obviously bring out the best in each other. That looks like a peaceful and beautiful place to spend time. It would suit me to the ground!
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Distance… =-.

  2. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    “Do you explore and eat locally when you travel?” – of course! Eating locally is a big part of experiencing a new place or a different culture.
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Coping With Motherhood =-.

  3. Davina Says:

    Patricia, it’s really hard looking at these pictures! THIS is who I am, how I want to live; simply, in a log cabin surrounded by trees and peace and quiet. I ache for this! What a lovely vacation. Good for them. Fantastic.

    Can’t wait to hear all about your dandelion tea. :)
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..The Muse is My Master =-.

  4. Patricia Says:

    Talon,
    Jeff promises a picture of the orchids this year – I remember them from our hikes in the area. They do make a great team.

    Vered,
    On our cruise there were several folks who would not trip the spruce tip candies or the crab…too messy! They were counting on getting back to MacDonald s and fish they knew? I think eating local is essential

    Davina,
    There are tons of opportunities in Alaska! Just for the summer or year round…you can retire early….lots of little cabins and close communities….sometimes no internet or phone service…also a tremendous number of males!

  5. Davina Says:

    LOL… a tremendous number of males. :-) You crack me up.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..The Muse is My Master =-.

  6. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    Always looking out for folks welfare! And most of the males I met wish to live at least 6 months of the year in cabins in the wilds of Alaska and fend for themselves….on the water….
    Librarian Girl says they have a store with GF food in Gustavus, Alaska too!

  7. jannie Funster Says:

    Did enjoy this mini vacation adventure very much!

    I was thinking until your explanation it was called The Vault for its vaulted ceilings. How cute and cozy!

    Spruce tip beer? I’d fance a go at that :) And yes, of any other local fare. Try anything once that the natives enjoy!

    Alaska would be my FIRST choice for a cruise. I’ve done the hot islands one. Cool is my thing! Will look forward to your pix on that!

    xo

  8. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    I thought this was fun. There are some great deals this summer in Alaska because last year was so awful…and great jobs available for getting started. Yep these kiddos really like to take it all in and enjoy their surroundings. Last year they had a bit of trouble camping and kayaking — bear visitation.

    We are finally having some sunshine…but cool is my thing most of the time…not so cold, just cool

  9. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I’d love to do that – looks so interesting ..

    Mum and I spent a few nights in the north of Namibia on the Skeleton Coast, where the Atlantic pounds the shore .. in wooden cabins – small ones .. no electricity, nor anything else – I must say it was amazing. Skeleton coast – because the coast is littered with ships grounded by the Ocean, the thought a welcoming land was there – waterless – the 1400s weren’t an easy time to explore the world finding new lands.

    Must come back and see more – Ethiopia .. etc .. Hope the weather matches your requirements this weekend .. we’re heading towards 20 degC!! – Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Stirling Castle – with all its history, defences, wall paintings and tapestries .. and the Museum of Modern Art, NYC =-.

  10. Cath Lawson Says:

    I haven’t tried Dandelion Soup before – I would be too worried about all the pesticides where I live. But I would love to go to Alaska – it’s high on my to do list.

    Their location looks great – I would definitely stay somewhere like that, although I would prefer to have my own loo if I could.

    We always eat locally when we travel – it’s part of the fun.

  11. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    We are having a stunning weekend and I feel like I can put the tomato plants out now….Yes I think this is a rustic place but good adventure too

    Did you go to the Skeleton coast in the 1400s Wow your mum and you really are amazing!
    What wonderful adventures you have experienced – lots to post about

  12. Patricia Says:

    Cath,
    I don’t experiment with dandelions here on the mainland either – who knows what my neighbors are straying on them!

    I think Alaska is a wonderful adventure and I enjoyed my turn at traveling about there. My kiddo can make lots of money to pay her Graduate School debts – so she adds fun explorations and adventures to her work schedule.

    I know the loo thing would do me in…:)
    Nice to find you here…Hope you are doing well. Love your new picture on FB

  13. Tony Single Says:

    Ooh yes, sign me up please! I have never EVER been anywhere that’s even remotely like that! And I love the rustic elegance of those buildings! I’m expecting to see a mysterious woodsman to come loping down from the mountains any moment, axe slung over one shoulder and a head full of stories to tell. :)
    .-= Tony Single´s last blog ..After =-.

  14. Patricia Says:

    Tony,
    Maybe you should think park ranger in uniform and moose coming over the hill….! It is an amazing place to visit…and to work…lots of benefits

  15. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    This makes me a little homesick for Alaska. It reminds me of a time when relatives visited and we went on an overnight trip to Mt McKinley (Denali). We rented a quaint little cabin in which we had to build our own fire in the wood stove. All was great until the middle of the night when a bear began to paw at the outside of the cabin. I was happy I was in the loft and not sleeping downstairs. Good memories. :)
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..Blog Badges – Beneficial Or A Waste Of Space? =-.

  16. Patricia Says:

    Barbara,
    Thank you for coming by and sharing your Alaska memories – I think this will be a memorable summer for the Vault residence!

    They had bears in their tents last year…they were out kayaking but the bears left reminders and damage…that was too close for me!