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Sharry Miller
Valdez, Alaska
I'm a creative soul living life in Alaska.
Interests: I love trying new things and have played with fiber arts, quilting, fused glass, stained glass, lampworking, and a variety of other art forms. I'm also a budding adult athlete (after a childhood of inactivity) and indulge in bicycling, triathlon, hiking, skiing, and occaisonal attempts at running. I also enjoy reading nearly anything and writing about my experiences (hence this blog).
Recent Activity
Watermelon weaving monkeys? Huh, what? just amused me to leave out the commas. While Wednesday, March 16, did indeed bring us watermelons, weaving, and monkeys, they were totally unrelated. Before I get to any of those things, however, I have to share the delight of early morning at Laguna de Apoyo, our home for just one lone night. Someday, I'm going to live in a place where I can get up and go for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Sharry Miller
I'm interrupting my incredibly slow sharing of my trip to Nicaragua to tell you about the amazing hike I went on today. I'm in Cordova, Alaska, for work for a week, and had today off. Miraculously, it wasn't raining when I woke up, so I carried on with my plans to go for a good long hike. I was going to go even if it was raining, but it's much more pleasant when it's not.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Sharry Miller
One of the reasons Rowan and I were excited to travel to Nicaragua was to practice our Spanish. She's in her second year at school, and my three high school years have been refreshed too infrequently by trips to Mexico and Peru. Little did we know that Spanish in Nicaragua is not like Spanish anywhere else. I won't go into the intricacies of "tu es" versus "bos sos" (ask me later if you want me... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Sharry Miller
Monday, March 14 - finally, a day filled with activity, some expected, some novel, some terrifying. Our Adventures in Good Company group spent a second day on Ometepe hanging out with a cute local guide and exploring the slopes of Maderas, the lower, dormant volcano. Our morning goal was a waterfall on Maderas, Cascada San Ramón. As with everywhere we went, there was a rather lengthy drive to get to the starting point. This morning... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Sharry Miller
As I look back at my notes for our first full day with our group in Nicaragua (Sunday, March 13), I am reminded why I decided that, much to my surprise, I like traveling on small group tours. I learned so much in just one day, things I would never have figured out on my own. Having a guide local to the area I'm traveling in gives me answers to questions I would never think... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Sharry Miller
That Nicaragua was going to live up to its tagline (Nicaragua - Unique...Original) was clear as soon as we got to the airport in Managua. First, everything was spotlessly clean, even the bathrooms which were supplied with ample quantities of toilet paper, not a given in Latin America. Granted, we still had to throw toilet paper in a garbage can rather than flushing it, but some things never change. Second, the people were so quiet... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Sharry Miller
My phone only seems to take blurry pictures anymore. There's a saying I like: a helicopter is just 10,000 parts flying in loose formation. That's how I feel when I skate ski. Thane and I went skiing on the trail behind our house. The trail had been groomed a day or so previously, but a couple of snowmobiles had been on it in the meantime, and it had rained hard and refrozen. Short sections of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at Sharry Miller
You're welcome. It's my pleasure.
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2016 on Thank You. I’m Sorry. at Sharry Miller
A random photo of sea lions on Glacier Island. I’m sorry. I’m sorry I was late. I’m sorry to disturb you. I’m sorry I need your help. I’m sorry I made you wait for me. I’ve heard it said that Americans are the sorriest people in the world, and not only because we’d actually consider electing someone like Donald Trump to lead our country. Seriously, every time we turn around we’re saying, “I’m sorry,” about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Sharry Miller
I've been meaning to share with you a project I completed a couple of months ago. It was a commission for a woman who wanted to donate an icon of St. Francis Xavier to SFX Catholic Church in Valdez, Alaska in honor of her mother. She'd heard about my glasswork (but apparently had never seen it - I'm not sure how in this tiny town), and asked me to make a stained glass window. My... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Sharry Miller
Lazy (according to adjective, lazier, laziest. 1. averse or disinclined to work, activity, or exertion; indolent. 2. causing idleness or indolence: a hot, lazy afternoon. 3. slow-moving; sluggish: a lazy stream. 4. (of a livestock brand) placed on its side instead of upright. I've been berating myself all day for being lazy. Somewhere along the way, Sunday as a day of rest became a concept foreign to me. A list of what I've done... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at Sharry Miller
I was thinking the other day of how you mentioned that you forget how much I've changed in the past couple of years until you see an old photo of me. I considered hanging an old picture by my mirror to remind me, too.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2016 on Snowshoeing Bad Ass at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Carol. It's wonderful to have such a great mother-in-law on my side.
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2016 on Snowshoeing Bad Ass at Sharry Miller
Scout and I took our first winter snowshoe up to the Solomon Gulch reservoir. It never fails to amaze me that you only gain about 600 feet on that hike - so much of it seems straight up! I think I've only been up there once before in the winter, and that time the trail had been packed by snowmobiles. Today I got to break trail through about 8 inches of wet snow. Not bad,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2016 at Sharry Miller
On November 2 I started a new job at Prince William Sound College, a little bitty community college here in Valdez. My official (and truly awful) job title is Instructor and Administrator of Industrial Technology. Right now, my primary purpose is to refine our current industrial technology programs (safety and millwright) and help the college develop new ones. I'm spending a lot of time talking with people from Alaska's different industries to find out what... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Sharry Miller
Thank you, Kristy. Merry Christmas to you.
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2015 on Hello There at Sharry Miller
Nearly Solstice My hubby told me that I was recently accused in abstentia of having forgotten that I have a blog. I want to assure you that I have not. In fact, this previously-delightful platform for sharing my writing, my creativity, and my adventures has become a source of great guilt. I think often that I need to write, but there seems to be not a drop of water in that well, or at least... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Sharry Miller
I've started an online art class taught by Carla Sonheim, "Imaginary Creatures." Carla must be the queen of finding sidewalk cracks, random blobs , whatever and turning them into wonderful imaginary animals. For our first class, she provided a photo of cracked sidewalk for us to find animals in. The menagerie that resulted was stupendous. Here's my contribution: I think I will have to go back to these cracks to see who else is hiding... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Sharry Miller
Hmm, my reply feature isn't working properly, so I can't reply to comments individually, darn it. Brian, thanks for reading. I hope to have some more mini-vacations for you soon. You need to get your butt up here for a real one, though. Wendy, a WAG is a wild ass guess. The campsite did have an outhouse, and a reasonably clean one. I picked a spot fairly close to it. Thanks for appreciating my writing. I've been missing doing it, but just can't seem to settle down to write. It's frustrating, but I'll keep trying.
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2015 on Kennecott and McCarthy at Sharry Miller
I've been in a rut lately, feeling like I'm not doing anything interesting, and certainly not anything worth writing about here. Nonsense, of course, but it's a hard rut to climb out of. Anyway, I'd meant to share a bit with you after I headed north for a KCHU public radio board meeting. We decided to have our June meeting and biannual strategic planning session in McCarthy, a tiny town nestled in the Wrangell-St. Elias... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Mom. I've been extraordinarily remiss about posting these past few months. I don't really know why.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2015 on The Bear Went Over the Mountains at Sharry Miller
It's getting to be that time of year already. I decided I'd not be amiss in taking advantage of a hot, sunny day to trek up to Thompson Pass and see if the blueberries were ripe yet. If nothing else, Scout and I could find a good spot for a picnic dinner. After picking a couple of handfuls and then examining their collected nature, I determined that the berries really needed another week or two... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at Sharry Miller
We normally soggy Valdezeans have been luxuriating in a fabulous spring. Our hot sunny days top out in the 60s with a fine breeze, so it doesn't get too hot - perfect weather for playing outside. Last weekend, I talked Rowan into going for a hike with me on Shoup Bay Trail. Our plan was to go just three miles or so back to Gold Creek to check out the status of the bridge we'd... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Sharry Miller
There are really only a half-dozen or so established trails in the immediate Valdez area, so it's pretty inevitable that a local is going to hike them repeatedly. For the last few years, the Pack Trail from the south end of Keystone Canyon to Bridal Veil falls has been one of my favorites. Scout and I headed out for her first real trail hike on Saturday afternoon. From the beginning much of the trail seemed... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Sharry Miller
Rowan and I had the opportunity to travel to Tatitlek on Friday for the 21st annual Peksulineq Festival, a week-long celebration of Alaska Native cultural heritage for students from around Prince William Sound. The first time I went, about four years ago, visitors had a good opportunity to see what the kids and volunteer teachers had been working on all week - it was fabulous to see the art and crafts they'd been creating, as... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at Sharry Miller