Warren County Farmers’ Fair and Balloon Festival

The 75th Warren County Farmers’ Fair in Phillipsburg, NJ, has concluded last Saturday. There were all kinds of fun-filled activities from tractor pull, demolition derby to corn eating contest.

But I admit that I was there mainly for the balloon festival.

This post also serves as my entry to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth, Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post: Splendid, as well as the new monthly challenge by Marianne, CBBH Photo Challenge: Looking Up. Now call me GREEDY!
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Wager with the Wind: a Day in Talkeetna

While chilling out with my Sunday’s creation, Bloody Sunday Sparkling Guava Nectar, I skimmed through Wager with the Wind: the Don Sheldon Story that my husband bought me and insisted that I read. It’s the story of Alaska’s legendary bush pilot, Don Sheldon, who pioneered glacier landings around Mt. McKinley and was based out of Talkeetna.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

First of all, I have to offer my condolences to the victims of the Colorado theater massacre. My deepest sympathy go out to them and their families.

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Inside the Cockpit

The theme for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is inside‘. I decided to post a couple of images ‘inside the cockpit’ as I find them interesting. Have you ever wondered what’s going on behind the cockpit when you fly? For a layman like me, I’m all CURIOUS.

Inside the cockpit of a Hawker 

On the way to Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The pilot-in-command is none other than my better half. (Hope he doesn’t kill me for posting his picture. Lol.)

Inside the cockpit of a Maldivian Air Taxi seaplane, Twin Otter

On the way to Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

Dream a Little Dream of Me

Monmouth Beach, New Jersey

Stars shining bright above you

Night breezes seem to whisper, I love you

Birds singin’ in the sycamore trees

Dream a little dream of me

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Dream a Little Dream of Me by The Mamas & The Papas

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

The Stars and Stripes Waving in the Wind @ Eielson Center, Denali National Park, Alaska

When I saw that the theme for this week’s challenge is movement, I felt ‘challenged’. I’m just a beginner photographer and have difficulties shooting ‘moving’ things. Fortunately, I found this picture and thought that it shows movement of the flag quite well. And so here it is!

(Read about my Denali trip here.)

Two monks argued about a flag waving in the wind.

One said, “It is the flag that moves.”

The other said, “It is the wind moving.”

Just then, the teacher appeared and said, “Not the flag; not the wind; it is the mind that moves.”
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Fairbanks Part I: Salmon Bake, Santa Claus and Aurora Express

Everything under the Alaskan Sun

Chapter 2

From Denali National Park, Fairbanks is another 135 miles further north. Read about Denali NP here. Our first stop was Gold Dredge No. 8 Tour. We walked in to find out that it had been fully booked that afternoon. I didn’t realize this tour was popular and made a mistake by ‘not’ making an advanced reservation. We were lucky to be able to book ourselves for the next day.

North Pole and Santa Claus House

After that, we went to a small town called North Pole, Alaska. It’s only 15 miles from downtown Fairbanks. The main attraction here is the Santa Claus House.


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Denali National Park, Alaska

Hello, I’m back from the great land of Alaska. (Alaska or Alyeska means ‘the great land’ in Yupik.) If you read my previous post, you’d know how hectic it was to plan a summer trip to Alaska only 2 weeks beforehand. But in the end, everything went all very well, except that we didn’t get to take a flightseeing tour with our B&B host. But that was nothing compared to the richness of experiences we had during the 2-week vacation. Alaska is now simply ranked among my most memorable trips so far.

In this travelogue “Everything Under the Alaskan Sun“, I’ll take you to Denali, Fairbanks, Talkeetna, Whittier, Girdwood, Seward and, of course, Anchorage. So come along and join the ride!

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Chapter 1

After one stopover and 10+ hours later, we finally arrived Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport at midnight. The time difference between Alaska and the East Coast is 4 hours, so it was basically 4 A.M. for me, and I was dying to go to bed. Outside was raining and cold. After half an hour of waiting, we boarded the shuttle bus to Embassy Suites. The hotel is ranked #1 in Anchorage on TripAdvisor. The room is nice and spacious with a large living room and working space. The breakfast was also very good.


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