The Malaspina ferry ship of the Alaska Marine Highway.
We are in Katchakan on a Sunday returning from church
was the old Russian capitol.
to start celebrating the sale of Alaska from the Russians
to the U.S. its called Alaska day Oct. 18th. It is only
celebrated in Sitka.
Alaska. Frozen roads were typical and night time temps.
at about 1 degree below zero.
in Maple valley near Seattle at the home of the Seely's
(our son Mike's wife's sister) and went for a walk with Merrill and Ruth
(Merrily Seely's mom and dad).
Our journey to the Alaska Anchorage mission was certainly spectacular. The Alaska Marine Highway with all of its mountains, spectacular water ways and whales was an adventure of scenic splendor a slow tour of beautiful country. We eventually worked our way north to Haines Alaska. It is surrounded by spectacular alpine snow covered peaks. Then we began our 700 Mile Drive from Haines to Fairbanks. The first thing we ran into by the river that flows into Haines was a collection area for bald eagles We saw dozens of bald eagles perched on trees and flying, waiting for salmon in the nearby river. As our trip continued we drove deeper and deeper into Canada and the temperatures got colder and colder. The road became frozen and icy and we felt quite isolated in that there was very, very little traffic. We spent one night in the farthest western city of Canada called Beaver Creek and the temperatures dropped one below zero. We arrived safely in Fairbanks and have been settling into our apartment, getting things organized through a little shopping and touring the city of Fairbanks to get used to the road. At the Institute JoAnn has been receiving training in the office and I've been working on preparing lessons to teach and getting used to the system and preparing to do in service for early morning seminary. There are a great group of young single adults here that we will be teaching and attending church with on Sunday, and getting to know. We had a great stake conference this last weekend and got to know many of the people. The faithful saints are here and we realize also that they have a great stake president, who is a powerful spiritual leader of the saints.