Friday, August 26, 2011

So Many Choices......One Tracfone

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TracFone for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Since I am about to get a new cell phone and my contract has long been expired, I am carefully reviewing many choices in the market right now. The mobile market offers so many choices, which is better for the consumer.
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

In the Deep Silence of My MInd

In the deep silence of my mind 
Beyond the echoing of the birds 
The swaying of the trees
And the splashing of the blue ocean

Is Online Backup A Need?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carbonite for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I recently had to send my very new laptop to the manufacturer for repair. It was painful when at first it sent me messages that soon my laptop will crash. Afraid to lose all my files, I hurriedly did computer backup. Thankfully, this time around, I was able to save all my files, before my laptop crashed. And it is still in warranty, so I did not have to pay any for repair. However, 4 years ago, I lost majority of my files when my laptop crashed without giving me any warning. My memories from my travels and hikes were gone, swept in one crash! My treasured hard work from my previous research journals were gone! From then on, I had been very careful in transferring always every file to a portable hard drive. But with the rate I am taking pictures, do you know how much I spend for a portable hard drive? About $100 a year, since I used up the 1TB so quickly! I shoot so many pictures, and each picture is more than 20 MB. I also save my files not just in one external hard drive, but two! But despite this careful way of managing my files now of saving them in two portable hard drives, I still have that fear what if these external drives will also fail? Also, once, while on vacation, I saw a very good job opportunity. But sadly, I missed the deadline because I did not have the files with me. Had my electronic copies of resume, recommendation letters, transcript, credentials, and more where with me, I could have given myself the chance to apply for the job. I always have been wondering for an online backup. I used to have some of my professional files at yahoo briefcase, but that was gone. But the size was too small. The advantage of having an online backup is that I can access my files anywhere, anytime, when I need to. Looking for an online backup, I came across the Carbonite site. What they offer is very attractive to me. They have unlimited online back-up, which means I do not have to worry if my files exceed 1 TB, 10 TB or more. Gee, the files these days are getting bigger with all the technology. I never thought before I can use up 1 TB of disk space so quickly! But with high resolution pictures, 1 TB is small.
What I find attractive with Carbonite is the automatic online backup! Though I am very careful these days in creating computer backup, but the process of adding new files to my external HD I must tell you is using some time as well. Sometimes, I do forget. With Carbonite, new files are automatically backed up whenever my computer is connected to the internet. I do not have to worry about which files to delete sometimes when I worry about using up so much disk space, because with Carbonite, the storing is unlimited. 
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Friday, August 19, 2011

Moose @ Denali National Park

While comfortably sitting inside the Green Bus of Denali National Park, I was whining deep inside what a disappointment it was at Wonder Lake because swarm of mosquitoes feasted on us :( while the mountains played hide and seek, covered with very thick clouds. 

Instead of focusing on the negative feelings of regretting the trip to Wonder Lake, I shifted to being thankful for what a beautiful day had it been!! I thanked the Lord for allowing us to see grizzly bears, caribou, moose, golden eagle, dall sheep, among others safely. Denali National Park has very rich wildlife, it was for that reason that the National Park was established, to protect the mammals that inhabit the place. But the vast and inspiring landscape of Denali, and the presence of Mt. McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America at 20,320 ft inspired so many who were able to experience the beauty of this immense place.     
Moose Swimming in the Pond and the Denali Mountains
(this is how far we were from the moose)
Now, on our way back to Eielson Visitor Center, I was looking far afar towards the mountains wishing the clouds to be lifted up, so I can at least see Mt. McKinley. Then, I shifted the direction of my eyesight to the many glacier-carved ponds of the tundra. I saw a huge brown ball kind of floating on the water. Pointing to that brown ball floating on the water, I shouted to the bus driver, "STOP! There's an animal down the water..a bear?..." And then, the moose head popped up, and those who were looking at where I was pointing, shouted, "MOOSE!!!" :)
Moose, Enjoying a Swim
And our very kind and friendly Green bus driver teased me while shaking his head: "Bear, huh?  How on Earth were you able to spot that moose far?" But I just gave him a smile back and just like everybody else in the bus, got busy with our camera following the moose. 
Moose, Why Are You Staring at the Ducks?
Thankfully, Moose is Vegetarian, he just wanted to challenge the ducks swimming
 Moose are excellent swimmers. They are not very social animals, and oftentimes find alone. They are the largest members of the deer family. Adult males can weigh 900-1400 pounds. Moose use their long legs to wade into bodies of water and eat plants off the bottom.
Sleepy Eyes?
While we were busy following the moose swim, someone from the group inside the bus shouted with excitement: "The clouds were moving higher, Mt. McKinley can now be seen, take picture! take picture! Before it disappears again!"
Moose Swimming on a Glacial Carved Pond and Denali Mountains
Thankfully, the clouds did not go down low so fast to hide Mt. McKinley! I may not have Mt. McKinley at Wonder Lake, but finally, happy to see part of its face. I'll share more about Mt. McKinley and Denali's immense landscape in a later post. 
Mt. McKinley in Partial Clouds
 On our way outside of the park, we saw this bull moose. We were really that close, and I did not have to use a zoom lens for this one, I only used 100mm focal length for this shot. Thankfully, we were inside the bus and safe, since the bull moose can be very aggressive when disturbed.

Though we may not have the best weather in Denali, but the moose sure went out to play with us :)

Share Your Dream

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPromise for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
 Photo of Teyla at 16 months enjoying fall 2010 in Coal City, West Virginia, courtesy of MJ
Every night, after I brush Teyla's long, curly hair and help her into one of her favorite Dora night dresses, I tuck her into bed, dim the nearby lamp and softly sing, 
"A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep

Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true ..."
Teyla totally loves this song. I am admittedly not the greatest singer in the world, but my heart goes flip-flop and, often, my eyes moisten when, at the end of the song, our precious two-year-old looks up at me with sleepy eyes and says, "Thankoo, mommy. Goo-night."  At that moment, I feel like Lea Salonga after one of her amazing "Miss Saigon" performances. Or Luciano Pavarotti (may he rest in peace). I love her so much.

Speaking about dreams, I had a blast the other day sharing my dream for Teyla on www.upromisetodream.com Dream Wall. Turns out Upromise is celebrating its anniversary by giving away a total of $20,000 to lucky contestants who share their dreams for their children's future. So when a friend recently told me about this contest, I said to myself, "Why not? Hey, I might even win, and if not, there's no harm in trying!" 

Photo of Teyla at five months "reading" one of her baby books, courtesy of MJ
I shared my hope that Teyla will always find reading magical. I told of how we started reading to her everyday from the week we brought her home from the hospital, how we continue to set aside a special reading time for her each day, and how we firmly believe that reading will broaden her horizons in so many incredible ways.

Then, with a prayer in my heart, I hit the SUBMIT button. Just like that, I now have the chance to win $1,000 in Upromise's weekly drawing! And you can have that chance, too, by sharing your own dream for your child on www.upromisetodream.com! All contestants are encouraged to vote for their favorite dreams by clicking on the "like" button. The dream entry that receives the highest number of votes by Sept. 29, 2011, will bag the grand prize of $10,000! Visit the Upromise for the dream wall official rules.

Imagine what you could do with $10,000! Take your little munchkin to Disney World to meet Mickey Mouse and the rest of the goofy gang? Spend a glorious week at the beach with your family? Buy a new techno gadget? Maybe a faster computer or a more reliable smart cell phone? Perhaps get some new furniture for the house? The possibilities are endless! 
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So what are you waiting for? Come and share your dream for your kid's tomorrow on www.upromisetodream.com. Also feel free to talk about your dream in the comment portion of this blog post. Dreams always make for a great conversation piece. I would love to hear yours!

Come and join the Upromise movement today. Share your story with the world and get the chance to win some big bucks!

Visit www.upromisetodream.com to read the official rules of the contest.

- By MJ Browning

Monday, August 15, 2011

Beloit Glacier

Beloit Glacier at Blackstone Bay, Prince William Sound, Alaska
First, I hope you are not tired yet of another "icy" post. If you are, I will warn ahead that there will be more. However, as much as possible, I alternate my glaciers post with other non-icy post, they are my icebreakers :) These days, I am 100% taking advantage of summer enjoying the ocean's waves, where I shared a poem of what I feel like when I am "One With The Wave" in my 3 months old Breathe In...Breathe Out blog. I am taking advantage of my lack of taking photos these days by sharing photos from our summer trip in Alaska. 

Now, moving on to Beloit Glacier, another tidewater glacier in Blackstone Bay which is actually not that much farther from Blackstone Glacier which I shared in my previous post. How close are Blackstone Glacier and Beloit Glacier to each other? The answer is in the picture below. 
Beloit Glacier and Blackstone Glacier 
Beloit Glacier is on the left side while Blackstone Glacier is on the right side of the picture. I used an arrow to point to a waterfall in Blackstone glacier, hoping you would recognize it after seeing the up close picture of Beloit Glacier with the waterfall in my previous post. Our Major Marine Tours cruise ship took us up to about half a mile to the glacier, but for safety reasons, we could not come closer. Here are more pictures as we got closer to Beloit Glacier.
Valley Glacier
On our way to Beloit Glacier, we saw a lot of valley glacier and cirque glacier.A cirque glacier is a small glacier that occupies a bowl shaped depression between mountain valleys. Alaska has a lot of them, often unnamed. Valley glaciers, like the one above are also called hanging or alpine glaciers. They are glaciers that flow down out of mountain valleys, generally larger at the head and smaller at the base. The terminus of the valley glacier is above sea level. 
Floating Ice as we get closer to Beloit Glacier
Beloit glacier is a tidewater glacier or a fjord glacier, it is actually also a valley glacier but occupies a fjord and the terminus lie below sea level and has an almost vertical face often more than 1000 ft high. Tidewater glaciers shed off huge chunks of glacial age called calving. 
Beloit Glacier and Waterfalls
When we were closer to Beloit Glacier, the sound of the many waterfalls around it was so soothing. 
Some of the Waterfalls Up Close
The feeling of looking at the 1,700 ft tall glacier above us, and sometimes hearing the thunderous sound of calving was beyond words of describing. It was our first time to be that close (half a mile away) to a towering sea of ice and it was overwhelming. It is during this kind of moment usually that I fail to think properly how to take pictures, I just simply am immersed with the surroundings. How can we freeze and bring home the beauty of nature that we see? We can't! 
Nature's Ice Scuplture, Beloit Glacier Up Close
No pictures we have for me brought any justice to the majestic scenery. But I am glad at least I brought home some pictures to see again, to relive our experience of being there, and imagine the sounds we heard. As we left Beloit Glacier and headed back towards Whittier Port, we saw these two courageous kayakers who were approaching the glacier.
Kayakers Approaching Beloit Glacier
Perhaps it is a lot more different experience for them since they are really approaching the glacier much closer, however, after hearing the thunderous sound of calving, and seeing waterfall rushing underneath the glacier, 
Stream of water and ice rushing out underneath the glacier
I was glad I was in the safety of coast guard certified Emerald Sea with a National Park Ranger inside. I am not daring and adventurous enough to kayak very close to a tidewater glacier, where the glacier can send huge masses of ice down to you anytime. On our way back to Whittier Port, our sightseeing did not end, because everything we see was something different from what we normally see. 
With humpbacks and orca whales in the water, our camera did not get a chance to rest all, except when we wanted to have some foods!
Humpback whale( see the bird next to it?)
Orca 
Kittiwakes and Waterfall
Kittiwakes are actually member of the gull family. Kittiwakes are coastal breeding birds that secure their nests to the sheer cliffs. This bird is common throughout Southcental Alaska.

Hope you had enjoyed my two posts on Blackstone Bay at Prince William Sound, Blackstone Glacier and today's post, Beloit Glacier.  

Happy weekend everyone.......

Football Season


Guest post written by my buddy Brian Workman

I can?t believe it?s almost football season again! I can?t wait for the teams to start going at it over touchdowns and field goals and hey, maybe there will even be a pre-season scandal or two. As a girl I?m not really allowed to like football as much as I do but I?m from the south and that makes it obvious that I just love the game. As they say down there, football is a religion and that makes it easy to see why I have to go back home for just about every game of the season. I recently got expertSatellite.COM at my house to make sure I got every obscure game out there mostly because I?ve got friends here from every corner of the country. My buddy Levi is from Illinois and my girl Jane is from Washington so it?s obvious I?ve got to have some extra channels if I want them to come over and hang out on game days. I can?t wait for September to get here!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Blackstone Glacier

As the trip planner of the family, I wanted to start our Alaska adventure experiencing what we had known of Alaska from books and magazines. For our first full day in Alaska, we experienced towering masses of ice, icebergs, and whales up close but not personal. 
A Breathing Whale with Glacier and Mountains, Blackstone Bay, Prince William Sound, Alaska
Whale Tale, Mountains and Glacier at Blackstone Bay
We watched glacial and wildlife activity from a safe distance in M/V Emerald Sea of Major Marine Tours which is accompanied by a Chugach National Forest Park Ranger. Somehow, I always feel safe with any activity that has a National Park or State Park Ranger in it, because they are the institutions who preserve our natural resources and keep people well informed about nature and science at the same time keeping people out of danger and bringing them to safety. 
Blackstone Glacier and Waterfalls
A Closer Look of Blackstone Glacier and Waterfall
From Anchorage, we drove to Whittier Port where we departed for the 5-hr Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise. The drive from Anchorage to Whittier was supposed to be only an hour or less, but because there were so many scenic stops, it definitely took us 2 hours if not more :). Whittier alone and Portage Valley is pretty, even without taking the cruise it is still worth the 1 hour drive from Anchorage. 
Port of Whittier
I will share more photos of  the beautiful scenery between Anchorage and Whittier in my later posts. The 5-hr Prince William Sound Glacier cruise allowed us to see numerous waterfalls, a lot of humpback whales, killer whales, other wildlife and scenic rugged coastline of the sound bordered by glaciated mountains, valley glacier and tidewater glaciers that definitely awed us making us excited and look forward to the next days.
 
Glacier and Another Waterfall, Blackstone Glacier
A Closer Look of the Waterfall
There are so many waterfalls in Prince William Sound, that were produced from the melting of ice. 
A Closer Look of Glacier Ice above the waterfall
In my next post, I will share Beloit Glacier, another tidewater glacier in Blackstone Bay that is surrounded by huge and numerous waterfalls. There was just no way for me to document all the waterfalls and the grand beauty of Blackstone Bay in Prince William Sound, but seeing the dynamic changes of nature as close as this, reminds me of how everything here on Earth but love is temporary. Though we do not really need to travel to experience entropy up close since it lives in us everyday, but seeing the pages we learned from books coming into life makes me realize that there is still so much to learn for the Science of our world is so vast to be fully understood. When we go out, we do not only see the beauty of nature, but we open our minds and hearts to its wisdom. In its silence and beauty, we see and hear God's comforting words of love. Just as John Muir put it, "in going out, I find I was really going in."

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Born To Be Epic And To Rock The Sidewalk

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Express for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love jeans. Who doesn’t? If you are not so sure what the dress code is, you always feel safe with jeans. Jeans can be worn anywhere without worrying about style.  It’s hard to be wrong with jeans since they never go out of fashion and are very versatile. The versatility of jeans is great especially when traveling where we do not want to carry a lot of clothes. We can dress up jeans with ladies blouse, sexy heels, some accessories and a blazer.
We can dress down our jeans with a pair of casual sandals to rock the sidewalk whether in the city or in a quaint little town by the countryside.
We can look sporty with jeans by wearing it with a t-shirt, a messenger bag or a ladies backpack and a base ball cap. That would make us ready for a whole day of wandering anywhere. We can go from football stand to the beach, yehey!
 Jeans had been round since the 1800’s and continues to become more popular each day.  They have evolved from blue trousers to a lot more cuts and designs. Talking about  versatility of styles and designs in women's jeans, Express jeans continue to rock the sidewalk with their various designs. From form fitting jean leggings
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Express has them all. Though both jean leggings and flare jeans are flattering to a woman's form, but I prefer the flare jeans more because they seem to even out my legs and I appear to be thinner. However, I do have some pair of jean leggings which I wear with my long blouses, the pair of jean leggings and long blouses hide my bigger hips and thighs, thus I still feel confident that I look thinner than I really normally am. 

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Sunday, August 07, 2011

Seward, Alaska

Seward Harbor, Alaska
Before finally moving out from my series on Kenai Fjords National Park posts, let me share the place where we stayed for several days. Seward is a very picturesque small city of Alaska, and it is known to be the gateway of Kenai Fjords National Park. I have learned about this beautiful city from Wild Nature's Images Where to Photograph in Alaska. I am so glad we put this in our itinerary for my best Alaska experience has to be here in Seward. First, the hike to Harding Icefield, and second, experiencing glacier calving and the wildlife of Kenai Fjords. I have seen only very little of Kenai Fjords National Park, but I really love it. It's the park of my dreams where the ocean, mountains, glaciers, forests, and rich wildlife co-exist. The little town of Seward allows tourists to enjoy Kenai Fjords National Park in a variety of ways. We explored Kenai Fjords by foot through hiking Harding Icefield and experiencing Exit Glacier up close, and we explored Kenai Fjords by boat.
Me, While Waiting for our Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
There are so many more ways to explore this park, but because of our curiosity to see more of Alaska, we left Seward after 3 days and moved North to Denali National Park, another amazing National Park in Alaska. Some of the common reactions I had been receiving since I shared our AK adventure is that AK is too cold for them. Actually, visiting AK in the summer is the most pleasant. Notice in the above picture, I was not dressed warm. In fact, after our day cruise in Kenai, when we got to our hotel, we felt warm we had to ask the front desk where is the A/C! Since the hotel has no A/C ( they have very few days with 70s temperature with an average summer temps in the 50s and 60s, understandably, buildings have no a/c), we cooled off with ice cream outside.
We were lucky and blessed with good weather when we were at Seward. I can get out from our room very early in the morning while waiting for others to be ready to take a me time-walk to the nearby harbor and Resurrection Bay without feeling cold. 
Resurrection Bay
Of course, it can get colder, like when we are approaching the peak of the hike at Harding Icefield, but our cruise had been very pleasantly warm and calm. It would probably be a lot different by September when AK becomes colder. Here are more pictures I have of Seward Harbor,
Freshly Caught Halibut
Seward Harbor

And because the city of Seward is small, rest assured, if you stay in Seward, these are some of the views you will get from your room and you will have abundance of sea food and other foods, only that, don't come later 10:00 pm, and you will find no restaurant to serve you. 

Start Them Young

A Little Kid Biking To Home After Surfing
While walking to our car after boogie boarding, I came across this kid who was beaming with happiness as he was riding his bike, with a backpack and a surfboard! I hurriedly took my cellphone to take a picture of this awesome moment, little kid enjoying the simple pleasures in life out of the doors. Why nature and outdoors are more therapeutic to me than shopping is because my memories of happy childhood were spent out of the doors, whether playing baseball with my cousins and other kids in the neighborhood, or swimming in the river or in the ocean, or playing hide and seek in the bushes, or running in the rain. I could not remember a time my mother showed me her indulgence to shop for herself and show off her new clothes, new bags and new shoes to her friends which is sadly the trend I see now in Facebook of younger parents, or a pity, even older and supposed to be already matured parents! The child looks up to us as their model, and early on, if they have no responsible models, I am afraid they will end up not knowing also the priorities in life but shopping irresponsibly and focus so much on looks and popularity rather than character. 
A Happy Dolphin for a Happy Child
When I was younger, eating out for us meant going to the river for a day of swimming and fishing, or going to the beach for a day of fun, or going to the mountains for a day of simply enjoying the mountain scenery. My father would always tell us that their priority is to send all of us to school so we can provide for ourselves when we are older. Dining out in restaurants was expensive for them and beyond their budget. When I was in elementary, I won in the regional spelling contest, and I got prize money! I was interviewed in the radio if what would I do with the money, and my response was, "I will ask my mother for advise how do I spend this." When I got home, I asked my mother what do I do with the money, and she told me we will go to the bank the next day. The next day, I opened my first savings account! My mother then explained to me that my money will grow slowly by earning interest. Then, she asked me, if I wanted to buy something from my prize money. Maybe, because early on, I was Math minded and enjoyed calculating, instead of thinking new things to buy, I was enjoying the thought of my money earning interest through the years. I shook my head. Funny, every month, I would ask my mother that we would go the bank so I can deposit some money left from my allowance and I wanted to see how much interest my money had earned, those were one of my real time Math problems. Those were my childhood joys, playing in the field, running outdoors, swimming, and seeing my savings account grow. In college when I got more allowance from the scholarship, though I admit I would buy new shoes that would match my new  blouses and skirts, but it was always after a careful partitioning of my allowance. I always saw to it that I save at least 20% of my allowance. Now that I am older, these childhood joys remained, my love for nature and outdoors, and for saving for the future! I do believe in enjoying life and making the most out of what we have now, but at the same time, I do believe in responsible spending and saving, of striking a balance between luxury and necessity. And for me, saving for our future and the rainy days is one of life's necessities. Like when I was a child, I find joy checking my bank. These days, I find joy in checking how much my bank and IRA Accounts  have grown. I do read a lot of updates on market growths, and update myself on Stock Trading, Mobile Trading and Stock Trading to keep myself current with today's financial trends. Though I consider myself more on the conservative side of trading, but there are some funds I feel safe trading because I know I will not be withdrawing them in 20+ years. This so far has helped me earn more than my more conservative funds! However, I do not want to put all eggs in one basket, that is why I love to diversify funds. I subscribe to financial magazines so I can learn more. What I like about online financial sites such as  Online Trading, are the tools that make it easier for me to study the market, making investment decisions a lot easier. 
If probably my mom trained me early to focus on shopping and delight on physical appearance with new clothes and new shoes, I probably would be one of those who would be saying, "life is short, you only live once, enjoy" yet at the very deep core of their heart live in fears because they are totally drowned in DEBT! Happily, that is not what I grew up with, my mom and dad would always tell us, "life is short, you only live once, ENJOY on priceless things that will last a lifetime!"   

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Sunshine Award

I usually do not post awards here, or tags and/or memes. Not that I do not support them, but I always have this itch to write about the joys I found in nature. There are so many joys I found in my exploring that I forgot to share here because there are just too many of them that sometimes those that I planned to write about become forgotten.

However, when I saw the tag that Tes, of The Craftista, gave me, I find it inspiring to share as well. It's like a getting to know you, and I always get excited to learn more from others aside from what they write as well. Now, I am taking this time to answer the tag before I forget about this again.

Thank you, Tes, for giving me this opportunity to share these 10 simple things about me.

First, about the rules for receiving the award:-
a. Thank the person who gave you the award.- I did :)
b. Write a post about it and answer the 10 questions below.- sure I did :)
c. Pass it on to 10 bloggers who you think really deserve it and send them a message to let them know- I apologized to not follow the 10, instead I am giving special thanks to special people in this post.

The Questions:
01. My favorite color: Pink
I Sure Jumped in Joy on Seeing Many Fields of Pink 
02. My favorite animal: Dog
Dog Speeding Downhill While the Man Uses Skii to Gain Speed
03. My favorite number: I really do not have one.

04. My favorite non-alcoholic drink: Coffee

05. Facebook or twitter: I have both, but I am not very familiar with Twitter.

06. My passion: Hiking, Riding Ocean's Waves, Nature Get-Away

07. Getting or giving presents: Both

08. My favorite food: Rice, all time. I cannot live without it.

09. My favorite day of the week: Saturday

10. My favorite flower: all flowers are beautiful to me, but I am presently fascinated by fireweeds, dominant wildflowers in Alaska.
Fireweed, up close
My First wildlfower sighting in Alaska, fireweeds and milkweed, Seward Highway
More Fireweeds along Seward Highway
Fireweed and Rainbow, Parks Highway, Denali
Fireweed, Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway ( actually inside Matanuska Glacier Park)

See? they all delight with pink shade, my favorite color :)

Anyway, it is really difficult to choose only ten people out of the many friends I have made here in the blogosphere. Instead, I will give everyone the freedom to share something about themselves if they wanted to.

My special thanks however to the following special blogging friends who had been with me through the years, who had inspired me to blog through their enthusiasm and joys. I am referring to my earliest blogging friends who I had met in blogosphere and who continued to add joy to my life each time they leave their mark. I do not know if they know that they are the very first 6 blogging friends I met and had contributed greatly to my growth here in the blogosphere, and their visits always made me jump for joy. I am so glad to have them still around after several years of blogging. 
1. Ruthi of My Refuge Online - she leads the blogging way, I follow :) thanks for being a mentor and a friend Ruthi.
2. Melissa of Melissa's Homeschool
3. Icy of Wandering Thought- I really thank Icy for all the moral and technical support she extended to me and ways to monetize my site.
5. Ratty of Everyday Adventurer
6. Rainfield of My Journey

To all the others, I am so glad for your presence here, and for the inspiration you brought my way each time you visit.  Quoting Tes again, "Thank you guys for tirelessly visiting my blog and for leaving your marks on the pages of my life. Am loving the friendship! :)" I am really loving each pages of my life because of YOU!