Where everybody knows your name... | Teaching in the Tongass

Monday, July 15, 2013

Where everybody knows your name...

No, not the bar, my sillies. Home! This last week has been filled with some pretty neat nature-y things. We had a thunderstorm over the weekend (I think this is the 3rd one this summer, and this is a big deal because thunderstorms are incredibly rare here), and then the sky cleared up within an hour and it was a beautiful blue day after weeks of pouring rain!  Hallelujah!

My family does family dinner night once a month, and we decided to go up "the tram" and eat at the restaurant up there.  We waited for a gorgeous day, and Sunday was perfect! So, up the mountain we went! I was beyond ecstatic when I saw all of the vegetarian options on the menu (octo-lavo in case you were wonderin).  I ordered the, well it's easier to cut and paste straight from their online menu...

Gardein Strips with Broccoli, and Cashew Stir Fry Beefless strips, broccoli, and cashews sautéed in sunflower oil with red onions, red wine vinegar, and soy sauce. Served on top of steamed rice.

I didn't take a picture because, well, to be honest, I still feel like a major (or "may-jah" as Posh Spice would say) dork taking pictures of food (especially in front of my family who would most certainly make fun of me!).  It was the best restaurant meal I've had in a long time, no joke.  We will be going up and eating at the restaurant again before the tourist season ends and it closes....that's when they have the sales "dontchaknow" (in the most annoying Sarah Palin-blegh-voice ever, btw not a fan!).
Here's the view looking straight down and to the right is downtown Juneau.
 Cheeks and Mr.Tongass looking at an eagle...or a "Bird! Bird! Bird!"
 The view to the left.
 The "docking station"
 And this was new to me! You can't really tell unless you look carefully, but it's a tree stump with pennies on it (thrown from the lookout up above). A wishing stump! Adorbs.

 I also hit up the gift shop because well, even though I'm not a tourist, I still like to shop and can't resist. I found the cutest little Tlingit doll and had to adopt her for my classroom asap. She looks about the age of a second grader, no?
Then, a few hours after we all got home, I was working on blog/tpt stuff when I heard through the grapevine (translation: Facebook) that the Northern Lights were out. I woke up Mr.Tongass and we stood in the yard in our jammies staring at the sky. If we built another story above our house, we would be able to see them right above the glacier. Maybe in the future after all the other remodeling is done....



  1. OH MY GOSH those pictures are GORGEOUS!!! I love the wishing stump. So sweet. And I just adore your little mini me. I am going to check that out!! Thanks for sharing! :)
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your little mini-me!! I want one.. checking them out now.. so cute!!

    That's So Second Grade!

  3. I nominated you for the Liebster award. Go to my blog and check it out.
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher


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