The World Wonders that I have been to

The Seven Natural Wonders of The World: Mount Everest in Nepal Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA – Visited on 6/1/2016 Great Barrier Reef in Australia – Visited on 8/10/2014 Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) – Visited on 3/26/2014 Parícutin volcano in Mexico Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil The Classic Seven Wonders of the World: Great Pyramid of Giza Hanging Gardens of Babylon Statue of Zeus at Olympia Temple of Artemis at Ephesus Mausoleum at Halicarnassus Colossus … Continue reading >>


Tesoro was the most popular gas station in Alaska, and I’ve never heard of it. So I looked it up. It means “treasure” in Spanish/Italian. Its stock ticker is TSO. The company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Now I think I must have seen them when I was in San Antonio many years ago,  but didn’t pay much attention to it back then. Tesoro has business in oil, gas, petroleum, and refinery. It’s not on David Fish’s CCC list … Continue reading >>

Taking a piece of Alaska with me

While we were at the Chena Hot Springs Resort, I saw they were offering free laminated luggage tags for visitors. Everyone could take two cards with sceneries printed on them and write information on the back, then they would laminate them on the spot. In the past we have been buying T-shirts for the kids as souvenirs, but these tags could serve this purpose well. Sure they said it’s a luggage tag, but I didn’t have to use it as … Continue reading >>

Alaska, Here We Come

Day One (3-24-2014) We were so excited that we were flying to Anchorage. It was a long flight though. When we were getting off the airplane at our destination, the flight attendant gave every one of my children a captain’s wings pin. What a great way to start the trip. We picked the reserved rental car up. It’s a Dodge Caravan for comfort because we would be spending some time in the vehicle while on the road. The first thing I … Continue reading >>

Kincaid Park

The park was covered with snow. We saw people doing cross-country ski. There’s a big building next to the parking lot that had bathrooms and rooms for parties. Standing in front of the building, we could see a slope covered with snow, farther away, we saw Mt. McKinley, North America’s tallest peak at 20,320 feet, Mt. Susitna (Sleeping Lady), and Cook Inlet. After we enjoyed the view, as we were contemplating what to do next, we saw people were piling … Continue reading >>

Trans-Alaska Pipeline System

The 800 miles TAPS was built by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company from 1974 to 1977. It’s used for transporting crude oil from Alaska’s North Slope Prudhoe Bay to Valdez in the south due to the oil crisis in 1973. More than half of the pipeline was built above ground to prevent thawing of permafrost. TAPS major owner companies: BP, COP, and XOM. Next in the series: Having fun at Kincaid Park … Continue reading >>

Alaskan Husky Sled Ride

We made this appointment before our tip to guarantee our spot. It’s a beautiful sunny day. The Chena river was frozen and covered with snow. The owner, I’d call her K here, was very nice and looked rough. She drove a huge truck with dogs in the enclosed cargo bed. Alaskan huskies were hybrid. They were extremely cold enduring and very efficient sled dogs. K got us suited up with more coats/parka, boots, and warmer hats. All these turned out … Continue reading >>

The Smoke House

When we arrived, I was a little disappointed. I imaged it to be a traditional cabin but it’s a modern building. We went in the retail side of the door. There were some samples of different tastes of smoked wild salmon and the person there was super nice. We went to the fridge and looked around. The unit price for smoked wild salmon with garlic taste was $11.95 and $10.95 for traditional taste, which was a better price than Fred … Continue reading >>