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“In My Life”- Beatles

Music has always been a part of my life; even before I was born. My middle name is Elise after Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” and my immediate family is involved deeply with the art of music. I have been learning music since the age of seven and I am currently playing French horn in the  Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra.

When things happen in my life, whether good or bad, I turn to music for comfort, support and happiness.

Maybe it is something I was born with, maybe it’s a coping mechanism, whatever it is I know that music is part of my life…a soundtrack of sorts.

I hope you enjoy  my blog and let music touch your soul as it has touched mine and will continue to do so.

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Alaskan Friendships

On the eight hour train ride to Denali, we were surrounded by fellow members of our upcoming cruise. To the right of us, there were two mothers that were retired teachers vacationing with their two daughters who were also teachers. 

Coincidentally, my mother is a retired teacher vacationing with her daughter.

We had a connection immediately. 

Throughout the next ten days we bonded through long bus rides, dog sledding, the rocky cruise ship and glacier viewing. 

Somehow we gravitated to each other and formed a unique bond. We live in four completely different parts of the United States, but hopefully we can stay connected with Facebook. 

Forming friendships with these ladies was definitely a highlight of the trip. 

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Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies💜

Wow…America is so beautiful. I knew the Rockies and the Finger Lakes Region were beautiful but I had no idea the beauty I would find in Alaska. 

The mountains are unique and breathtaking. Formed by glaciers millions of years ago, they were a wonder to behold. 

Admittedly I had to cover my eyes a few times during the horrifying turns the bus driver had to take. It was like being on Thunder Mountain Railroad. 

The pictures don’t do justice to the majestic beauty of Denali. 

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Caribou, Moose and Bear…oh my

Mom and I went on an eight hour bus ride through Denali National Park. The views and the switchbacks were breathtaking. Along the way we saw a number of caribou, a mama bear and two cubs, adorable ground squirrels and a chilled out moose. Apparently there are also giant mosquito but we didn’t see them. 
We saw a mama moose and two calf earlier in the day. 

I was glad to have the protection of the bus. 

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Dog Sledding Demonstration

Earlier in the day we went to a free dog sledding demonstration. We were able to pet the dogs and listen to a short introduction to sled dogs. Later in the week I will be going on a sled dog excursion for three hours. 

The dogs are highly intelligent and motivated to please. Mom and I are petting Venture. She was asking him if he wanted to “go home with Grandma”. 

The dogs relax in the summer and work around the 6.2 million acre park in the winter.  Once they retire, people can adopt them as long as they live in cold weather regions. 

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Puppy Update

Yesterday, right before heading into Denali National Park with no phone service for eight hours, I got a text from my breeder. She told me that we got our first choice! (We had the last pick of the litter)

A little girl puppy with brindle fur. She was Sean’s first choice and the only one he held. We have already named her Piper. Maybe her middle name could be Denali. 
We will pick her up July 14th. 

So excited! 

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Train to Denali 

Today we left rainy Anchorage for sunny Denali. We traveled in a glass enclosed train that was amazingly confortable. We didn’t see any large mammals, but we saw trumpeter swans, osprey and salmon. The train ride took eight hours. The time was spent enjoying the conductor and his extended visit and listening to the tour guide. 

The people on our tour are incredibly nice and generous. The closer to Denali we got, the more the sun came out. 

We are here for two nights. Our resort “cabin” is adorable and we are fortunate. The first picture is the view from our sweet cabin.

Hopefully we will see some large mammals tomorrow on our eight hour tour of Denali. 
Happy Birthday Sean! 💜😊🎉 I love you.

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Go West Young Man, uh, Women

Today Mom and I flew from Toronto to Minneapolis to Achorage. Being a very nervous flyer, I was in Dramamine and a special essential oil concoction. Sudoku, gripping my mother’s hand and the Hamilton soundtrack got me through the turbulent times. 

I was so relieved to see Alaska under us as we approached Anchorage. We landed around noon Alaskan time. Since our hotel wasn’t ready till three we had time to shop, explore and eat. 

I’m done with most of my souvenir shopping already. 
It is beautiful here, but cloudy and rainy. Anchorage is so much smaller than I thought it would be. We have to be on the lookout for moose while walking around. We were warned not to get close or they can trample us to death. We were told not to stand in the Pacific Ocean because we will most likely get stuck in the silt and drown. Oy! 

Tomorrow we are taking a glass covered train to Denali. I can’t wait. I hope to see bear from a safe distance. Till then, enjoy the pictures from today. 
I’m so thankful for my mother and her generosity. I love you, Mom. 
P.S. The last picture is from the first flight. You can see the shadow of our plane in a rainbow. Good sign. 🌈

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Blogging Alaska 

Hello. I’m about to leave for Alaska. If you would like to follow my journey, my blog’s name is mylifeasasoundtrack. 
I have never done anything like this before so I apologize in advance if it is boring. 

Thanks, 

Heather

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“Radar Love” Golden Earring

Last Saturday, June 24, 2012, I met my father and step-mom at the Watkins Glen International Raceway for a Corvette Club ride around the track. We weren’t planning on meeting there till that morning and it turned out to be a wonderful day.

Seeing as a I don’t drive a Corvette and I’m too chicken to drive around a racetrack by myself, the pacecar driver let me ride around in the truck. It was wonderful!

I had “Radar Love” in my head the whole time.

There I was racing around the track at a scary sixty miles per hour with the wind blowing through my hair. My dad’s car got up to 100 miles per hour on the back stretch. I can’t even imagine what is must be like for racecar drivers to reach almost 200 miles on the backstretch. I have a whole new respect for NASCAR drivers.

I love that I was able to spend time with my dad. Every moment I spend with him is precious and it has always been. A year and a half ago my father had a serious heart attack. I think about it everyday and worry about him all of the time. Each day I have with my parents is a gift and I am so grateful for surprise opportunities like this…a spontaneous get together at a racetrack somewhere in New York. A place close enough to meet and enjoy a once in a lifetime moment together.

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