It’s been a few, here’s a few

I know it’s been a while. Here’s some Annabelle photos!

Annabelle’s first bath where she wasn’t screaming! She even smiled!

My sister babysat for us on Friday night so we could go see Guardians of the Galaxy. My sister was using her phone on selfie mode, since Annabelle is fascinated by faces. Then Annabelle made a #2, and had to concentrate for it, LOL

“OK, I’ll lay here for tummy time, but you can’t make me do anything!”

“I am a burrito.”

Selfie with daddy!

Happy Baby!

Russian Mission, AK


My job sent me to Russian Mission, AK. I flew out there with a stop in Bethel.

The flights from Anchorage to a regional hub are usually on a “big” plane – 30 passenger seats or so. In this case, I flew on a Ravn Aviation Bombardier Dash 8-100.

Once in Bethel, we switched planes to a Ravn Aviation Cessna 207B. When you buy a ticket on such a flight, you’re assisting the Bypass Mail program – the plane won’t fly without a ticketed passenger, and when it does fly, the passengers are jammed in with a bunch of cargo (mail), most of the time. For many villages in rural Alaska, there wouldn’t be any air or mail service without Bypass Mail.

This also means that most flights are “milk run” flights. We stopped in Marshall and let some passengers and cargo off before we flew around a mountain to drop me off in Russian.

As you can see in the video below, though, I got lucky. There probably wasn’t much mail service the day I was flying, since there wasn’t much cargo in our plane.

On trips like this to rural Alaska, most of the time you’ll be put up in the village school or something similar. In Russian Mission, the extra bunk space is in their city jail. They didn’t lock me in! 🙂


Annabelle’s Twitter “Godmothers”

Just over 3 years ago, musician Marian Call posted that she just got fresh avocados and, since such things are rare in Alaska, mentioned that we should have a Cinco de Mayo party and eat guacamole. Valette offered her place as a location.

It’s where Elizabeth and I first met! Now, 3 years or so later, Marian stopped in Anchorage for a few days. Several folks met up at Midnight Sun Brewery, and Annabelle got to meet the two people who introduced her parents to each other!