When Stephen suggested that we spend two nights at The Hobbit Hole Lodge it seemed the perfect solution to having the trip we wanted without forcing my parents to camp for four nights. Just as the passage to the outer coast came into view, the boat turned out of the strait and into a quiet cluster of islands. A slight turn and an entrance to a cover that hadn't been visible before appeared and we entered the magic of The Hobbit Hole - a peaceful cove to protect you from the widest weather, water deep enough to moor your boat, a cosy complex of houses to shelter you, tall trees providing cover and soaring beauty, a vegetable garden for food and a lovely garden to relax at the end of a long day. The Tolkien quote from the beginning of The Hobbit was perfect, "it was a hobbit-hole and that means comfort".
No matter what their age, Alaska draws them back. Maybe it’s the wonder of otters and whales swimming by at breakfast. Maybe it is the simplicity of life lived with only three rules (tell someone where you’re going, only eat near the food tent, don’t wipe your hands on your clothes after eating). Or maybe it is just the peace of paddling through still waters.
Through these doors enter the world's future astronauts, scientists, and engineers. Space Camp, Huntsville, AL, USA
I was woken from sleep one night surrounded by the sound of whales singing. It surrounded us and filled the sky as we stood on the point in the dark.