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Meet my new hearing dog – Rasta

Rasta is my new service dog. I received Rasta last week from Canine Companions for Independence. We have been very busy training, learning everything about taking care of each other, and finally, getting her back to Alaska. I am going to add Rasta to the website now, as she has become a "Wandering … [Read more...]

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Counting down the dog days!

Michael and I leave in just three days to go to California to pick up a service dog. I have been struggling with my hearing loss for years, and now I am getting a hearing dog from Canine Companions for Independence to help me. I am really excited. I have been without any pets for many years. It will … [Read more...]

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New York state of mind

What is the New York state? The dogs wear sweaters. The men have hipster beards and wear lumberjack plaid shirts. I keep washing my hands because everything is sticky. The subway entry gates DO NOT like me - access denied. Twice. The bathroom in Central Park was locked. So, well, … [Read more...]

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A perfect cap

Great capps to be had in SLC. A pleasant surprise. … [Read more...]

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Canine Companions for Independence

I found out earlier this week that I will be attending a two week long training session in California in preparation for receiving a service dog. I am all excited. I applied and have waited my turn. It has been 18 months. I leave March 28. … [Read more...]

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Going to my angry place

I awoke to a cloudy day in Sitka and took off for a four mile run. The town is so small that this distance covered everything. I ran the totem walk and through the woods and ended up on the beach at low tide. At least a dozen eagles were hanging out on the driftwood looking for breakfast. I tried to … [Read more...]

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A day of totem poles

We started the day off with cappuccinos and crepes at Homeport. We road our motorcycles to Sitka National Historical Park to walk the totem pole trail. Sitka is small enough that you can park your bike and walk everywhere. We didn’t know this yet, but once discovered, we enjoyed being able to … [Read more...]

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Castle on a Hill

We woke up on the ferry. Gorgeous patterns in the wake as we cruised into Sitka. I have wanted to come and photograph the totem poles for some time, and also visit some of the National Historic Landmarks (NHL) in town. I used to work for cultural resources in the regional office, for the … [Read more...]

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I am AWARE

So, I started my trip with a wobble in the front end of my motorcycle. I have pretty much decided, after experimenting with repacking, that I am carrying too much weight in the rear and need to change the dynamics or lighten the load. Needless to say, every day that passes and I watch my toothpaste … [Read more...]

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Your love has lifted me higher

We woke up early, in case the roads were a repeat of yesterday. And because we had a ferry to catch in Haines at 5 p.m. We had great road all the way to Haines Junction. It was a bit nippy, but the BMW gear kept me warm. We pulled into the Village Bakery to have a hot cup of coffee. While … [Read more...]