The White House

The White House

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Boring You Yet?

I've seriously been unable to read blogs and I am finding if you don't make comments to others they really aren't interested in you anymore. That's okay. I'm going to plug along documenting our summer and when I catch up and can read again maybe I'll get my followers back.

July 3....

Still some brown spots, but the lawn is filling in.


At the last minute we decided to go to Tok (where I grew up) for the 4th of July. I haven't been back there for about 15 years. We left home at 9:00 pm. It's a 3.5 hour drive. This is what Delta looked like as we went through. Pretty quiet.

Small town America where you can stand in the middle of the road and not see a soul. 

We took a walk at 1:30 am after the long drive. (No idea what they are doing).

In the morning we went right out front of our motel and watched the parade. After spending way too long uploading photos I found another file of better photos. Nope. No time for a redo so this is what you get.

Mr. Whitoke was the Grand Marshall. He was my 1st grade teacher and has to be near 80 and as spunky as ever.

This is my 6th and 8th grade teacher (he taught me both years) with a memorial to the fallen fire fighters in Arizona. Fire fighting is a main income of many of the people in this area.

Putting money on the greased pole. Niece Jadyn got a few dollars off it.

Looking for change.

A view of town.

Egg toss!

We stopped by the home I grew up in that my brother now owns. He is trucking in the states so no one was home. I'll have to dig out some photos to show you what it looked like when my mom was alive. Flowers everywhere.

We stopped at Muklukland to let the kids play and got to visit with some locals.

Mr. Jacobs is getting Lucas cotton candy. He was my 2nd grade teacher.

Bill was my dad and Larry is my brother.

I remember playing in this when I was a kid.

Homer played mini-golf with the kids.

That afternoon Homer and I went to a picnic with former teachers while the kids played. Who do I remember?? Let's see... ???, Mrs. Hoar (high school English), Mr. Whitoke (1st grade), Mr. Stiefel (7th grade), his wife Gracia, Mrs. Pine, Mr. Pine, Mrs. Keech, ???, Mr. Hosken (principal), Mr. Kelley (6th and 8th grade), Mr. Reitano (shop teacher), Mrs. Hosken and Mrs. Kelley. All worked in the school, but I didn't have them all as teachers so I'm not really sure what everyone did. (Some of them taught my brothers 15 years before me!!).

Former students.... Tim Milanoski, David Hoar, ???, Robin Kelley, me and Zena Reitano.

Before we left town we ate at the famous Fast Eddies Restaurant. Very good food.

We passed by the Moon Lake forest fire.

Fun fast trip, but good to be home.


Nancy J said...

Wow, a super trip with so many memories, great parade. Now.... I'll always be a follower, no matter if you give me a comment or not, blogging takes serious time and thought, far less putting in any photos. I love, really love, reading about your life, family, WEATHER, garden and all else. And I'm sure so many others feel as I do. Please keep on blogging here. Fond greetings to all at TWH, from Jean.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

What a beautiful log cabin house you grew up in.

I lost a lot of followers when the google reader went away. :-( I hope they find their way back. I'm sure yours will too.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

It looks like you all had fun.

To see your school teachers again must have been something else.


Arizaphale said...

Hiya Gayle! Life does get in the way of blogging I find, but its always good to call by and see what folks are up to :-)
I can't get over the difference at your place between Winter and Summer. I don't know why I am so amazed when I lived in the snow district of Australia myself and experienced some of this. What I love about your place is all the growth and development that goes on in cool! Here's hoping the Fall holds off for a bit!
Loved Mukaluk land and your 4th of July parade :-D. The place I worked was also a small town where everyone knew everyone else. I keep in contact with several of my students on facebook although I'm not sure I've ever served their kids cotton candy :-) REALLY loved the photo of your childhood home. It looks like a postcard picture to me here in Australia!

sue in mexico mo said...

It is good to go back to your old neighborhood every few years. I like the house you grew up in. Is that a row of lanterns hanging on the wall? Seems so strange to be light in the middle of the night. But I could deal with that better than DARK in the middle of the day. :)

Anonymous said...

I love your blog. I have always been fascinated with Alaska. I hope to visit one day. I live in the south, so it is a long way from my home.

I enjoy the pictures.

Atlanta, GA

anymommy said...

Wow. You have so much history in your family. That cabin is incredible and so is the truck. I bet you could write an amazing novel about early Alaskan settlers! (Your kids are adorable, as ever.)