Monday, September 04, 2006

D E N A L I IS HUGE !!!!!

DENALI!!!! The word will churn the stomach of even the most grizzled pioneers and adventurers. A vast wilderness defined only by its rugged lack of boundaries. 6 million acres of raw, frozen tundra swirling around the commanding and tireless watch of Mount McKinley. DENALI!!! Where grizzlies take time from feasting on caribou only to swat at the swarming pack of grey wolves. DENALI!!!! Land of mystery and illusion....okay I'll shutup. The truth is that I have grown rather bored of simply recounting my life's events for the blog. It feels a bit like homework and its time to mix things up. From now on I am gonna let the pics do the talking and change up my entries to reflect more of the abstract impressions, musings, and colloquial hyperbole that Ive picked up along the way.

Land of plenty. So one of the best things about Denali has to be that about a 3rd of the ground is covered with Blueberries. These wild berries are as fresh as the come and taste even better when you dont have to fork over $6 to Whole Foods. Here is the lifecycle of the blueberry in Denali.

You scrounge through the plentiful fields making sure to not disturb the bears.

You pick a bunch of berries.

Then you make a mighty fine stack of blueberry pancakes. Rinse and repeat.

Real Man of Genius: Mr Gigantic Compensating Lens Guy
Nothing like enjoying the wilderness with this dude whose favorite pasttimes include talking about all his vacation exploits ("you did that, cool, cause I did that 4 times already") and shoving his huge lens in your window by your face.

"Mooses are hairy
They are called Gary
Mooses bend
Thats the end"

These couplets were taken from "Mooses" a poem by Joey Johnson, Age 6. Though obsessed with finishing my poem with a word to rhyme with "end" it turns out that my juvenlie poetry was entirely true. As we learned, hunters actually bend moose into the shape of delicious pepproni. It is freaking ono and should be enjoyed only while drinking Moosedrool Brown Ale. Be careful though, if you eat too much you may look unkempt and grow a snaggle tooth. Frankly Im a bit pissed nobody told me about the secret pleasures of the moose sooner. So many years wasted.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

finally!! we were beginning to wonder about you guys...but are pleased to see that you are enjoying the alaskan wilderness. how beautiful! okay, now I want to go too! well, we miss you a lot...LA just isn't the same without rachel and joe (tear). keep blogging, even if it's only pictures, cause frankly, that's my favorite part. and I understand how tedious it can become to re-count all the details of your eventful trip. sometimes you just want to enjoy it and not worry about writing about it at the same time. well, we love you guys and continue to pray for you as you continue your journey in Gunther.

jim and kenz

9/5/06, 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

That is pretty much the best picture of Rachel EVER!

9/5/06, 2:35 PM  
Blogger Sleena said...

Did you manage to pick up that chipmunk and make him your mascot, I hope? He looks pretty cute.

9/5/06, 4:23 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

Love it, love it, love it! I was laughing so hard at your poem from age 6. as well as the camera next to your window. Those pancakes look so good. Glad to talk with you yesterday. Drew was trying to find that website that Rachel loves. What is it love J

9/5/06, 4:45 PM  
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9/5/06, 4:45 PM  
Blogger Wanis P. Worrel said...

Hey uncle JJ and Rachel,your blog is good.I hope you dont hit a deer.ANYWAY I hope yuo dont get eaten by a bear so get a gun.If the situation arises youll need it.have fun and dont die.from chase

9/6/06, 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just ate an entire box of Deli Rye Triscuits in honor of Rachel.

Captain Anonymoose.

9/7/06, 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Crystal said...

Awesome! I love your entry. Denali is so beautiful. I'm so glad you made it during this time, the colors of the leaves, Wow! My question is how did you get so close to the wild animals...up close, they are so human like! hehe! Love that pic of Rachel!

9/7/06, 8:49 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Denali: So that's where they got the name for the SUV.

"Have fun and don't die." I can't think of better advice for anyone in any situation. I hope no one minds if I adopt it as my personal catch phrase. I promise that any profits I make from its use (t-shirts & bumperstickers, movie rights, etc.) will be shared with its author.

By the way, Ricochet, Betty and I are working on a new upsell mix. Things have gotten a bit dreary in the office and I've told her it's our responsibility to "bring back the fun."

...and not die.

9/8/06, 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Joey's Maui Mama said...

Nahh, you didn't really see all that wildlife. Those incredible shots are closeups of postcards---so fess up! In one of the amazing coincidences of life, I am watching a travel channel special on Denali while you are actually in Denali! Pretty cool place!! Especially loved hearing your 6-year-old poem in it's appropriate context--it makes much more sense now!

Just a bit of news from the homefront, Bailey had her first soccer game today---the Pink Angels v. the Killer Grapes...the Grapes killed us 5-1! Still so much fun to have our grands here.
Miss you both so much. All our love.

9/9/06, 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cliff & I are really enjoying your adventure. Thanks for sharing it.
Praying for safe travels.

Aloha from Maui,
Cliff & Jeri

9/10/06, 12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in alaska still?!?
uncle em

9/13/06, 1:11 PM  

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