Sunday, January 27, 2008

Our Portage Glacier Adventure

Yesterday Adria, Thomas and I took a trip to Portage Glacier with some friends. We first heard about Portage Glacier when we came up to Anchorage for our apartment hunting trip. The TV in our room would always turn on dialed to "The Alaska Channel". This channel had many little segments on things to do in the Anchorage area including the store that sells hand woven items from musk ox wool (including a little bit on the domestication of musk ox) and a bit with the mayor of Anchorage saying what a nice place Anchorage is to live in. There also was a segment on Portage Glacier and how it was just a short walk from the road. However it seems that the glacier has receded since the spot for the Alaska Channel was shot because it wasn't as short of a walk as we expected it to be. Here are some pictures from our adventure:

Thomas getting ready to go out

The road to Portage Lake

Portage Glacier sits on the far end of Portage Lake. There are two ways to get to the glacier. During the summer you can take a boat ride to it, or in the winter when the lake freezes you can walk to it. When we arrived at the lake we put on our snowshoes and put Thomas in the chariot with his friend Kai and off we went.

Thomas in the chariot with Kai

The frozen Portage Lake

Us traveling on the frozen lake to the glacier with Thomas and Kai in tow in the chariot

Once we got to the glacier we were tired and a little cold. But we were excited to have finally arrived after a 1.5 hour trek. It was beautiful with the sun behind the mountains over the blue ice. We took a couple of pictures before heading back across the lake to our cars to go home and eat. The beauty of the glacier sustained us on the return trip through 20 to 30 mile per hour winds pushing us back towards the glacier. (It seemed like we weren't moving forward for most of the trip back!)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Jump Jump

We recently got Thomas a jumper. It seems that his favorite thing to do in it is to hop around in circles.

Also our neighbors took a trip around Christmas time to Central America, and they got Thomas a new t-shirt and shorts outfit that says "Cartagena".

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Thomas' New Trick

After many months of effort, Thomas started rolling over immediately after we returned from our holiday trip to Oregon. Here he is showing off his new trick:

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Holiday Travels

Adria, Thomas and I recently returned from a trip to Oregon for Christmas and New Years. We flew to Portland on Christmas Eve to spend some time with Adria's parents and siblings. Thomas also met his cousin Ethan for the first time, although Ethan was typically more interested in Thomas than vice versa.

Thomas and Ethan playing with each other

We stayed in Portland until after lunch on Christmas and we able to see a rare Portland White Christmas. We then drove to Lincoln City to spend time with my parents and two of my brothers.

Thomas liked going for walks on the beach, although he often fell asleep before we got back home

We also visited saw the shortest river in the world.

We also watched Oregon State defeated Maryland 21-14 in the Emerald Bowl. Thomas seemed to be pleased by the result.

We drove back to Portland on New Year's Eve to spend a couple more days with Adria's parents and siblings before flying back to Anchorage.Both sets of Grandparents were surprised how much more active Thomas was over the holidays than he was when we last visited in October, although Thomas waited until we returned home to show off his new trick of rolling from his tummy to his back.

Thomas then
Thomas now