Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Peaceful, Rainy Sunday

It is quiet this morning.  I noticed yesterday that two of my neighbors managed to sell their houses and this week the new people moved into each empty home.  Perhaps those two tiny real estate sales are part of the larger signs that the economy is making a come back.  From this small office the worries and unhappiness in the world seem far away.  Once in a while ~ it is relaxing to forget, albeit for a moment.

It is raining here.  It should not be as this is usually the beginning of our short lived dry spell.  But then neither is this Ketchikan, Alaska.  That town and its stalwart inhabitants endure 200" inches of rain a year.  So 32 to 40 inches of 'here'...literally a drop in the bucket!
A river runs through it....
As with so much of the shops are an essential.  
Tourist make the rounds in horse drawn trolleys...
There are boats and there are ships!
Island across the bay from Ketchikan.  Notice the lush  green dense forest...brought to you by 200 inches of rain!

Time to fetch the Sunday paper, sort the laundry and think about rainy days, a glorious vacation and well, not much else!  Have a good one!


Cindra said...

Do you live in Ketchikan year round? I loved it when I visited a few years ago. Your photos are wonderful. It seems like a wonderful place to live, but I have always wondered if I could handle the darkness of the winters.

RNSANE said...

I love this beautiful spot in Alaska. I've been here twice on cruise ships but would love to spend a few days here! One day just isn't enough.

At 65, I've done it! My poetry book - Life's Journey by Carmen Henesy - is out on Amazon!
( Poems about the things that have been important to me in my journey through life, some humorous, some sad, some that may have meaning to you as well )

WR said...

Hi Cindra and RNSANE ~
I was simply a traveler to Alaska. Loved every minute of the JOURNEY! I live on a Island in Pugent Sound and am originally from Utah, then California, then Georgia, then New England (42+ years), back to California and now here in Washington. :-) Alaska is a wonder. Am planning to go back in December to witness the eagle migration to Haimes for a winter salmon run. It does get dark and I would think a happy light might be an essential in life if darkness is a bother and it is to many people.

RNSANE congtratulations on the publication of your poetry! Well done! Will keep an eye for it!

Thank you both for stopping by!

Out on the prairie said...

Nice to have you along.Alaska is my only state I haven't been to,having been real close a few times.

Donna said...

Ah, I remember it well! Thanks for sharing the sights up there!

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful shots, Ketchikan is a lovely city but too wet for my taste.

It sounds like you had a great cruise. I saw your reply to Carmen about returning for the winter salmon run in December. That should be a fun adventure.

The short days of the winter months takes some getting used but it quickly becomes a way of life. Nothing slows down because of the cold or dark.

I am still amazed at those who live in the northern most part of the state with total darkness all winter.

WR said...

Ketchikan is so very wet. 200 inches of rain a year is a lot of water on the roof. A naturalist on the cruise told us he had to burn 10 cords of wood to get through the winter. When I lived in New England I burned five plus cords a winter. A 10 cord winter might be more than I care to deal with...too much cutting, stacking and stoaking. Still, it was a wonderful visit and I understand the appeal of the state. The air is pristine and the forests are nothing is not magnificent. If I were a younger woman it might be an adventure worth taking on but for now I'll just visit. :-)