Yee-haw, Nashville – Here I Come!

I’m heading to Nashville soon for our friends’ wedding (get this – I’m MC’ing!). It’s my first time to the city and I’m psyched to spend a long, fall weekend in the south. A quick “blanch” will be greatly appreciated before the temperatures drop too low in Alaska.

In hindsight, we should have booked our trip directly around visiting DollyWood and the Great Smoky Mountains. But we didn’t! So, on the docket for our visit to Music City:

  • Haunted Tavern Tour with Nashville Ghost Tours, Walking tour and ghost stories? Yes, please.
  • think Tennesse is synonymous with bourbon and whiskey. When in Rome, right? Specific locations TBD, but we’ll gladly be visiting one of Nashville’s distilleries.
  • For our cultural benefit: the Grand Ole Opry and Johnny Cash Museum

Important, but not bullet-point important: barbeque, anytime and anyplace I can get it.

Broadway on Nashville at night

See you soon, Broadway!

Mark Your Calendar: National Public Lands Day

Celebrating something we all share: public lands! Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 30 and National Public Lands Day. Make plans with your families and friends to go outside and exercise, or pick up trash, or volunteer with a local park organization. Soak it up and celebrate these great resources in your community. If you’re near a national park, make the trip – all federal public lands are fee-free on NPLD.

Here in Anchorage the Bureau of Land Management – Alaska has a volunteer opportunity:

When: Saturday, September 30. 9 AM – 12:15 PM (volunteer registration opens at 8:30 AM)

Where: Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive, ANC AK, 99507

What: Help build buck-and-pole fencing to protect revegetation areas and put the gardens and grounds to bed for the winter

If your love of public lands and a free Saturday morning aren’t enough to entice you – there will also be pizza for volunteers, provided by the Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center.

Perfect Days

This morning I was riding my bike with the sun on my neck and golden leaves in my face. It was a perfect temperature and the rays of sunlight coupled with fog patches in the trees were ethereal.

I thought about taking a picture and acknowledged that no iPhone snap could actually capture the magic or essence of the morning, so I rode on.

This afternoon, the skies were still blue and the sun was warm again as I made my way home. It was just too perfect, so I opted to take the long way home, weaving through downtown Anchorage’s “rush hour” traffic to catch the west end of the green belt trail.

This time the picture lined up. All I can think is, hang in there fall, let me soak it up just a little bit longer.