Inspired by Barry's passion for his community, I've decided to take part in the My Town Friday Photo Shoot-Out, a project begun to get bloggers out into their communities and showing them off to each other. I figure there is no better way to get to know my new home of Juneau, Alaska!
This week's theme, "My Favorite Place To _____" was chosen by me! Every week, we see the cultural and community highlights of each other's hometowns, but I wanted to see what everyone loves so much about their town---what makes it home. What makes it theirs.
Here's what makes my town my home:
My Favorite Place to Eat:
The Sandpiper Cafe!
You can see the Governor's Mansion from the front window
It's quaint, it's small, and it makes the best pancakes this side of the Rockies!
...it also makes some more exotic fare. Elk burgers anyone?
My Favorite Place to Find Simple Beauty:
...the cemetery down the street has such simple beauty. This grave marker attests to Alaskan Christianity's Eastern Orthodox traditions--note the extra wood pieces above and below the main cross point. These are the marks of the Orthodox cross.
My Favorite Places to Enjoy Juneau's Maritime Tradition:
...and Auke Bay
My Favorite Place to Marvel at Alaskan Beauty:
...and staring into the sideview mirror (while Kip drives, of course!)
My Favorite Place to Feel Autumnal:
My Favorite Place to Eat Seafood:
My Favorite Place to Feel Small:
...the top of Mt. Roberts
...it's also my favorite place to shoot way too many photos of the meadows.
In thinking about all my favorite places in Alaska and shooting them, often with Kip by my side, it also became even more obvious and clear to me that my favorite place in the entire world is...with him. And, to taunt you with one more of the wedding pictures that I can't seem to upload (I keep getting a page error...working on it), here's some pictoral proof.
Even in the midst of all our friends and family running around in celebration of us, we still stood in the middle of the dance floor at our wedding, giggling at the sheer joy of it all.
My Favorite Place to Be....Period.