Archive for the 'Alaska' Category


Marriage: Does your spouse annoy or offend you?

Monday, September 25th, 2006

I wrote before HERE and HERE about RT’s and my wedding on September 5th at McHugh Park outside of Anchorage, Alaska. We woke up that Tuesday morning and realized we had just a few hours before our flight home from Alaska. Our Plan A for our wedding hadn’t worked out, but we still had our Alaskan marriage license, and we didn’t want it to go to waste. We could have waited until we got home to get married, but we had planned on being married in Alaska, and we didn’t want to give up that idea. The resulting Plan B was much better than Plan A ever could have been.

RT got the Anchorage phone book and started making phone calls around 9:00 that morning. He found a minister who could do the ceremony that day, we made a mad dash to Wal-Mart and REI for clothes, and met the minister at 1:00, drove to the park, and the wedding occurred around 1:45. By 8:00 that evening, we were on the plane back to Nashville. It was a whirlwind, but it was truly perfect.

The minister who performed the ceremony was Dr. Michael Mitchell. I don’t recall everything that Michael said during the “sermon” part of the ceremony. However, one thing did stand out. He used 1 Corinthians 13 as the text, and as he quoted each characteristic of love, he gave examples.

When he came to the part, “Love does not take offense,” he said, “Resolve today not to let your mate offend you. Only you can control whether or not you feel offended.” Then he went on to say that whenever we start to feel offended or annoyed by our mates, we should immediately make ourselves think of the things we love about them.

I realize I’ve been married less than three weeks – so it’s still the honeymoon phase for me – even though RT and I were married for 28 years previously. However, that is good advice, and it’s the one thing from Michael’s sermon that has really stuck with me.

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A Wedding Photo

Monday, September 18th, 2006

Our Wedding
Here is a photo of RT’s and my wedding at McHugh Park outside of Anchorage on September 5th. Don’t you love my wedding gown? -) I TOLD you it was very casual. However, it was beautiful and meaningful, too. There was a waterfall behind us -the ocean (actually a bay) in front of us – and the ceremony was incredible.

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The wedding that DID happen

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

While I was downstairs at the hotel in Anchorage writing the previous post, RT was upstairs in the room on the phone. When he puts his mind to it, the man can get things done! And that’s what he did. Within a couple hours, we had a minister, a location for the wedding, a professional photographer, and new wedding clothes – since by that time the only clean clothes left were our absolutely least favorites.

I firmly believe that God works things out in His own time. Neither RT nor I felt “right” about how things worked out at Camp Denali. They said they could still do the ceremony, but it sounded like it was questionable as far as being legal. Someone was going to make it look like the copy of the marriage license was received prior to the wedding – or something like that. Who wants a wedding of questionable legality?

So we didn’t get married there. And it really wasn’t a big deal because neither of us felt that it was the thing to do.

RT found a minister in Anchorage who was happy to perform the ceremony. NOT a Methodist minister because the one he talked with didn’t even ask any questions, just very stiffly said NO Methodist minister would perform a wedding without a minimum of three counseling sessions. He wasn’t interested in any details of our story. I’m glad he was so obnoxious, though, because otherwise things wouldn’t have happened the way they did.

The minister – Michael Mitchell – was perfect! He’s a retired minister – Methodist turned Catholic. He basically used the Methodist wedding ceremony, but with his own “sermon” added to it – which was absolutely wonderful! Even though he met us less than an hour before the wedding, he personalized the service and made it incredibly meaningful. RT and I had also written out things we wanted to say to each other, and the service ended with that. I, of course, cried through my vows. I tend to get quite emotional at times. It was good crying, though.

RT and I got married yesterday afternoon at McHugh Park in Anchorage – outside with Michael and his wife, Nell, and our photographer, Govin, as witnesses. Govin is another good story. We met him at Camp Denali. He’s a retired physician and currently a professional photographer. He was a part of the photography workshop with us, and we left Camp Denali, he happened to stay at the same hotel in Anchorage. I saw him in the business office when I was writing the previous post – so we knew he was there and that he didn’t have any pressing plans for the rest of the day. We asked him if he would take pictures at the wedding, and he was delighted.

I’ll write more details later. However, I HAVE to say that the wedding and the whole day was just perfect.

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September 5 & 6 – Anchorage and then Home

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

We’ll have most of the day to sightsee around Anchorage. The day is unplanned. We want to do a little shopping. We have a friend who wants some salmon jerky made by the Algonquin. I figure we’ll look around for that whenever we’re in a store during the whole trip.

Tonight (Tuesday) we’ll head back to the airport for our flight to Chicago. It’s an overnight flight – getting us to Chicago on Wednesday morning. From there we’ll take a flight back to Nashville.

Tomorrow (Thursday), it’s back to the real world of work and responsibilities.

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September 3rd and 4th – Camp Denali

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

We’ll spend all day Sunday at Camp Denali and then leave for that 90 mile trip back to the entrance of Denali Park on Monday morning. I hope we get to fly, but if the weather’s bad, we’ll take the bus again. We’ll get in at least a couple hikes on Sunday, and we might even do some bike riding. Actually, I can almost guarantee we’ll go bike riding. The scenery is spectacular.

Once we get back to the entrance of Denali Park on Monday, we’ll get our rental car and head back to Anchorage. It will be our last night in Alaska. Sigh!

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September 2nd – Our Wedding Day

Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

Somewhere and sometime today RT and I will get married! As I write this, I don’t know the details yet. It’ll be an informal ceremony, but it’ll be nice. The location (Denali) is special to both RT and me, and it will make for a wonderful wedding. We’ll be staying in a cabin like this at Camp Denali.

We’ll honeymoon with the photography group on a hike planned for today. I hope to get some great shots of a moose, Dall sheep, grizzly bear, beaver – whatever wildlife we happen to see. I also want to get some shots of fall in Alaska. The colors of the landscape is supposed to be beautiful. We’ll most like go on a hike of our own, too.

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Northern Lights Camp Denali Alaska

Friday, September 1st, 2006

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While I’m Away Open Trackbacks Post

September 1 – 4, 2006

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Open Trackback AllianceLinkfest Haven

Others with open trackbacks: The Pirate’s Cove, Woman Honor Thyself, Basil’s Blog, bRight & Early, Conservative Cat, Rightwing Nation, Third World County, TMH’s Bacon Bits, Stuck on Stupid, The Dumb Ox, Jo’s Cafe, Blue Star Chronicles, Robinik, Church & State, Adam’s Blog

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September 1 – Headed to Denali

Friday, September 1st, 2006

We’ll be up early this morning to make the four hour drive to the entrance to Denali. Once there we will take a short plane ride to take us the 90 miles to Kantishna. If it’s too stormy or foggy for the plane ride, we will ride a bus the 90 miles which will take about 6 – 8 hours.

We took the bus ride last year, and it was phenomenal even though it was a LONG trip. We saw several grizzlies with cubs (similar to the photo above except the grizzlies we saw weren’t on the road).

Once we get to Camp Denali from Kantishna we’ll start scouting around to determine exactly where we want to have our wedding the next day. Maybe Nugget Pond:

Maybe Wonder Lake:

Maybe North Face Lodge:

We’re staying at Camp Denali with a photography group led by a reknowned nature photographer, and most likely the group will get together tonight to see what all is planned for the next couple days.

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Afognak Coastline

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

While I’m Away Open Trackback Post

August 30 – 31, 2006

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Others with open trackbacks: Robinik, Third World Country; Diane’s Stuff; Conservative Cat; Right Wing Nation; TMH’s Bacon Bits; Basil’s Blog; Stuck on Stupid; Pursuing Holiness; The Bullwinkle Blog; Jo’s Cafe; Blue Star Chronicles; The Pirate’s Cove, Planck’s Constant, Outside the Beltway

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August 30th and 31st – Afognak Island and back to Anchorage

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Wednesday and Thursday will be nonstop (almost) outdoor adventures – hiking, fishing, and photography at Afognak Island.

I’m looking forward to seeing the wildlife. We’re going to a extreme wilderness area – only accessible via boat or floatplane. The photographic opportunities should be unique and plentiful.

Late in the day of August 31st we will fly back to Kodiak Island (via float plane) and from there back to Anchorage for the night. We want to get a good night’s sleep because there is much to do on Friday.

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