There's nothing better about living in a new place than playing host to loved ones. This month we've had our first visitor to the "Up North" - Flat Telly! What a surprise when he arrived in our mailbox and we were anxious to show him around. Here are some of the highlights of his visit.
First he was off to Juneau with the Daddy - he even got his own seat on the plane. He didn't tell me but I'm pretty sure Uncle Tower even offered to share his peanuts.
They visited a glacier while they were there. They both said it looked a LOT bigger than it looks in the pictures.
They found a moose in the airport - this one wasn't scary at all, just stood there and stared. We found a couple in our neighborhood a few days later that were much less stationary.
In the Juneau airport there's a baby black bear. Thankfully - we didn't see any of these in real life during his visit. He looks a little hungry to me.
Once they got back from their trip we took Tell for a hike. We found the most interesting mushrooms growing everywhere. There were frilly ones on this tree and fuzzy ones that felt like velvet on our cheeks.
We also found this interesting pile of nuts? Ok - really it's moose poop. Moose are ruminants so they chew their food, then swallow, spit it back up and chew it some more. That's why their poop is so uniform in color and texture. It's only dry like this in the winter, in the spring and summer when they're eating more live plants it's more like a cowpie, but still very uniform. Bear poop has seeds in it - that's how you tell the difference.
We took him to the museum in our little town and saw some interesting things there - it was a cold day and we had just gone to a baptism so we were all dressed up.
This is a life sized replica of the winning sized veggies for the world record weights in 2009. The cabbage weighed 127 pounds. This cabbage doesn't hold the record any more, but it's still pretty impressive! Alaska grows huge veggies because of all the sunlight we get during the summer.
One fun thing we got to show him was the northern lights. They're really hard to photograph with a phone camera but so cool to watch. Tell thought they looked a lot like green fire in the sky.
Flat Telly is flying home in about a week. Hopefully we have a few more adventures in store for him before he goes.