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Welcome to my weekly update for August 8, 2021!
We took it a little easy last weekend but we did visit The Musk Ox Farm and a Reindeer Farm. At The Musk Ox Farm, the oxen are kept in their pastures and we were only allowed to view them from the opposite side of a fence. Their hair is combed and/or shed in the spring and sold as qiviut, “the finest wool in the world.” We felt some samples and it is unbelievably soft! And expensive.
The Reindeer Farm is more of a petting zoo and they had all kinds of animals. We were allowed to feed and pet the reindeer! They’re so soft! And actually smaller than I expected. Their backs weren’t even as high as my waist and I’m an average 5’6″ (168 cm) tall. They had several spring babies that were absolutely adorable! They also have a couple of moose (rescued as orphans), a bison (who was sulking because she was on a diet), a couple of yaks, a family of elk, and several alpacas, including a baby! Oh my goodness; so much cuteness! Both farms have fun social media pages if that’s something you’re interested in.
Alaskan Animal Slideshow:
All images © Jennifer G. at Introverted Reader, 2021
I’ve included wildlife pictures from my cruise around Kenai Fjords National Park this week as well.
- Musk Ox
- Sea Otters
- Dall Sheep
- Mountain Goat (These are shaggier, have a goatee, and have black horns in comparison to Dall Sheep)
- Steller Sea Lions
- Tufted Puffin
- Black Bear (Taken with a zoom lens from a safe distance. Please don’t EVER get close to a bear)
- Bald Eagle
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy–3 star review
Stormsong (The Kingston Cycle #2) by C. L. Polk
A Cold Day for Murder (Kate Shugak #1) by Dana Stabenow
Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic by Jennifer Niven
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison, read by Sophie Amoss
I’ll be reading Arabian Nights (and Days) (Fables #7) by Bill Willingham, from my last trip to the library, soon.
What did your week look like?
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