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I'm feeling a bit adventurous today, so we're off to Denali National Park to do some hiking. The famous Mt. McKinley is my object of desire today. I probably won't get to take a flight seeing tour to the peak, but I'll settle for my own version of this picture:

I am so thankful that the majority of this land is protected. I couldn't imagine destroying the natural beauty to build strip malls and high-rise condos.
For the remainder of our trip, I have no idea where or what we will be doing. We're leaving the next 3 days open for spontaneous trips (I am not a spontaneous person, so this is huge). I want to take a dog sled tour down the Iditarod trail, so we'll see if I get my wish. We may even hop over to Homer (The Halibut capital of the world) to do a little fishing. Well, hubby can fish while I read.

Review: The Christopher Killer (Alane Ferguson)

Product Details:
Reading Level: YA
Pages: 288
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (May 2008)
ISBN: 9780670060085
Source: borrowed copy from a friend
Read it in 2 days

Fascinated by forensics, seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney persuades her father, the county coroner in sleepy Silverton, CO, to take her on as his assistant. But she never expects her first case to involve the death of a friend! Rachel Geller, a beautiful young waitress, is found strangled in a field with a Christopher medal around her neck—clearly marking her as the fourth victim of a serial killer. Cameryn is determined to help find Rachel’s killer, and attending the autopsy gives her the first clue. But as she follows her instincts and gets closer to the killer, Cameryn suddenly finds herself on the verge of becoming his fifth victim!

I am so proud of myself for reading outside of my normal genre. The Christopher Killer is a realistic forensic murder mystery… A far cry from my normal fantasy books. Even though this is not my us…
Getting tired of my Alaska posts yet? Hope not... there are still a few more to come. =)

Today we're in Seward checking out the wildlife. I really hope to see whales. (And I'm not talking about me in a bathingsuit!) It's a goal of this trip. If I am successfull, there will be more posts later in the summer.

Another amazing tidbit I learned about Seward is that it is near Prince Edward Sound, which is where Anne of Green Gables was filmed. You know what that means... literary field trip!

The gorgeous Kenai Fjords. Are there really words to describe this place? I may not come home from this trip.  

Alaska trip Day 2: The story of Sedna, Inuit goddess of the sea

Today we're still hanging around Anchorage. Today's grand adventure will consist of hiking in Chugach Mountains. Hubs wants to see bears. I'm hoping we don't, unless it's a bear rug. Not a big fan of maulings. Don't worry, I made sure the husband's life insurance was paid up prior to leaving for this trip.

The Chugach Mountains at sunrise.

Sedna's story and how the ocean animals were created:
Yesterday I mentioned some of the sea god/goddesses of Inuit mythology. I thought it only fitting to tell the story of Sedna, the goddess of the sea. There are many versions of her story, but I liked this one the best. Sedna was a beautiful girl, but she was terribly vain. She would refuse all suitors that came to seek her hand in marriage until one day a mysterious traveler arrived. He was dressed in the finest furs and was very charming. Sedna’s father was instantly intrigued by the man and offered his daughter in marriage. Sedna was lured by the prospect of havi…

Alaska trip Day 1: Sea gods/goddesses of Inuit mythology

Greetings! I won't be blogging much this week because I am in Alaska! Whoo hoo. My hubby and I had our 10 year anniversary in February, so we took a little trip to celebrate. It's only the 2nd trip we've taken without the kiddos. (This is huge!)

Wondering where I am today? Well, it's Anchorage and Whittier. I can't wait to check out all the awesomeness in this quaint town (Whittier).

Beautiful, right? So excited.
A little insight into Inuit mythology:
I'm a huge nerd, so I spent a lot of time looking up Inuit mythology before our trip. I've always been fascinated by other cultures, and I thought this trip would be a perfect opportunity to learn new things. If you are like me, you know next to nothing about Inuit mythology. I find it so fascinating that each culture has the same dieties, even if they are represented in a slightly different way. There is always the trickster god whether it by Loki, Coyote, or Raven. Likewise, there are god/goddess of the sea.

On Sale Today

Heather Brewer has a new series! (Yes, the amazing author of the Vladamir Tod series).

 Enlarge the book cover of This Is Not a Test so you can see the blood splatter! Wicked awesome.

Anyone else wondering is Mary, Queen of Scots is supposed to look that gorgeous?

Random Thoughts: Amazing book covers

I saw this feature on a blog a few months ago and thought it was clever. I enjoyed looking at the pictures and imagining them as book covers. I couldn't help but wonder what type of book might be created based on the images.

So here is my version of that post/meme. I do wish I knew who started it so I could give proper credit, but I think I stumbled on it by chance. If anyone knows, please leave me a comment so I can give credit to where it is due.

So, right now I am all about the mermaid books. In fact, it's my summer goal to read as many mermaid books as I possibly can. Look at some of these amazing pictures I found on Pinterest. Wouldn't they make fabulous book covers for a mermaid book?

 These pictures look so tragic to me. I just see untimely death and then transformation. Sounds like a good plot, right?

I think these would make great covers! I can imagine a contemporary type book with a main character that doesn't realize she is part mermaid.

Anyone else imagin…