Friday, June 19, 2009


I hate that feeling of being woke up from a sound sleep
by something unpleasant, don't you?

Last week at 5:00 am on the dot we heard a man yelling
at the top of his lungs outside of our house. Now with
warmer days we sleep with the patio door cracked open
and as a result we can hear things outside a lot better.

We sat up and blinked at each other, like what's
going on? I thought maybe the neighbors were
fighting, my husband thought the crew working
on the construction project down the road was
getting yelled at. But it's 5:00 am--they aren't
working yet.

I got up and looked out the front windows and 
this is what I saw:

These were young men in swim suits (no shirts, no shoes)
doing push ups in the 48 degree salt water at 5:05 am.

The guy yelling at them at the top of his lungs is the lone
individual to the right that I noticed was dressed in nice
warm clothing with boots on. He must have had really
big lungs.

Into the water they go...did I mention it's 48 degrees...

Out of the water they stagger, some of them running...

I didn't get a picture, but after this they let them put
their shoes back on (that's always a fantastic feeling 
with sandy, wet feet and no socks) and an orange 
reflective safety vest, then they started running in 
a line down the road with Major Pain driving 
the van after them.

I didn't see who they were, but since they all looked
young with short haircuts I am going to venture a
guess they were either part of the Alaska Trooper 
academy we have here or Coast Guard.

I didn't think the Coast Guard was that hard core, 
but maybe they are training to be rescue swimmers?

My sister sent me this from out by the Artesian Well.
Awww, he kinda looks like he wants us to come 
and play, doesn't he? 

Salmon cookies I made for the Music festival
Salmon Bake!


Caution Flag said...

Those poor, tough men! I guess I'll never be an Alaskan Trooper.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

48 degrees oh cold... its 102 here today 104 they say tomorrow... its HOT... the bear is beautiful but not anyone on i want to play with.

Becky said...

My husband says that it looks like Navy Seal training... that is WAY hardcore.

The bear is cute... you go pet her first ;-)

I always love your cookies... so creative.

Niki RuralWritings said...

Poor guys!!! I love your cookies, Kris, they always look spectacular!

mary said...

I think it is a lot more fun to read about people swimming in frigid water when I am sitting on my couch in my robe drinking coffee. Yet another reason I like being a girl! You are always my cookie hero :) Are your girls home yet? How was the "empty nest" week?