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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).
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I totally understand that. Right now, I need to be spending more time on my computer and in my studio, but that sunshine keeps calling me. Oh, well, it will all balance out in the end.
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2019 on Life Began at 37 at Sharry Miller
A whole year and more to get ready - plenty of time! If you want to be in shape for walking, you need to go walking on a regular basis. Do we need to set walking dates a few days per week?
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2019 on Life Began at 37 at Sharry Miller
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At some point in time as we chatted while hiking Crow Pass, I mentioned to Jenny that I hadn’t been active for all that many years. It was only as a middle-aged adult that I started being more athletic. I knew what event precipitated the whole odyssey, but I wasn’t sure exactly when. This evening, I was sorting through some old journals, which I really only keep when I’m traveling, and found the one for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Sharry Miller
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After a completely sleepless night on the gravel near Icicle Creek, I was ready to be up at 5:00 and on the trail. With oatmeal and coffee to sustain us, Jenny and I were off before 7:00 to complete the last six miles to the Eagle River Nature Center and the end of the trail. Within half a mile we figured out that we could have had a comfy campsite at Heritage Falls. If we’d... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2019 at Sharry Miller
Uncomfortable, hmmm? Would undies be better? Most of the log crossings we could use our poles to help balance, but we had to be quick on several because the logs wanted to sink and/or roll. Thanks for reading!
Good for you! That's what it's all about. I felt the same way about doing the storytelling event in May.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2019 on Year of Fear at Sharry Miller
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“I saw the brush moving in the middle of the night and was sure it was a bear going after our food,” Jenny said after I’d pulled our intact food bags up from where she’d hung them off the side of the bridge over Turbid Creek. “I kept imagining that we were having a huge earthquake and the bridge got taken out. We were on opposite sides and couldn’t hear each other over the river.”... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Sharry Miller
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As Jenny Kelly and I posed for a photo by the Chugach National Forest sign at the Girdwood end of Crow Pass Trail at 10:00 on the morning of July 29, I was giddy with excitement and nerves. We were about to embark on an adventure that would accomplish two things for me: put a tick mark on my life bucket list and fulfill my July Year of Fear goal. The other end of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at Sharry Miller
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I understand how the caribou feel. The madness that causes mid-summer herds to careen across the tundra and plunge into icy rivers. The drive to keep moving, moving to the point of starvation. I understand. ***** One of my Year of Fear goals has been to hike Crow Pass. The hike itself doesn't scare me, although any time I sleep in a tent in bear country I get a little nervous. No, what really makes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2019 at Sharry Miller
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This past few days I spent my time at the Westgate casino in Las Vegas, normally never an inspiring proposition, but this week I was inspired. I was attending the biennial Nature Photography Summit of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). About 300 student, amateur, and professional photographers had gathered to socialize, learn, share, buy gear, and be inspired. I was told that this was one of the smallest summits in years, and, as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2019 at Sharry Miller
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Often when I start to focus on something, that something begins to appear in front of me more often, surprising me with synchronicities. Of course, those things were there to begin with, they just slipped by me unnoticed. I worried a bit when I decided my focus word for the year was going to be fear that I might be conjuring things I didn't want to conjure. Is my life going to become more frightening... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2019 at Sharry Miller
Choosing a word to define the upcoming year has become a popular New Year's activity over the past decade. Typically, these words are intended to focus the individual's attention on manifesting something they want to foster in their life: gratitude, creativity, love, or other positive attributes. To jump on the bandwagon, I, too, decided to choose a word to focus on in 2019: fear. According to Merriam-Webster's online site, the noun fear is defined as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at Sharry Miller
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6It’s my birthday, the last healthy one of my life. Or so The Blue Zones website tells me. Blue Zones, if you’ve been missing out as I have for the past few years, are discrete populations that are known for unusual longevity, and especially for having an unusual number of centenarians. Dan Buettner is the author of a book by the same name and giver of TED Talks, and he led teams of scientists to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at Sharry Miller
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It was like a minor miracle: the first time we applied for a permit to drive our own vehicle into Denali National Park, we got one. I have a friend who's been applying for 20 years and never gotten one. Normally, the only way to get back into the park is on one of the official National Park Service tour buses, but then you're subject to where they stop and for how long. In their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Sharry Miller
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Okay, I wasn't really lost. I just didn't know how to get to where I wanted to be. I should know better. It was the first hike of spring. Let me start at the beginning. Cold nights followed by warm, generally sunny days have given me the idea that spring has finally deigned to make an appearance in Valdez. I've put almost 100 miles on my bike in the past week - a truly wonderful... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at Sharry Miller
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In retrospect, it was fun, and that is decidedly the definition of Type 2 fun. Are you familiar with the three types of fun? I'm not sure who came up with these designations, but someone determined that: Type 1 activities are fun while you're doing them. Think riding go-cart riding, skating across a smooth lake - all those things that make you say, "Whee!" Type 2 activities maybe aren't so much fun while you're doing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at Sharry Miller
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I'm reading Montaigne in Barn Boots by Michael Perry. Near the end of the book, the 51-year-old author writes, "It seems somewhere around my current life stage, people make one of two moves: Some stiffen, dig in their heels, and attempt to block the future; others reinvigorate life by blending it with the spirit of youth." Like Perry, I am working to achieve the latter. I consider myself a reasonably active person, and I enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Sharry Miller
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One of these days I'll learn that if I say, "It'll be fun to try to get to...", it really means that I'll be dead tired after a failed attempt to get wherever it was. Today was one of those days. After a failed attempt at a winter hike up Hogsback a couple of weeks ago (I needed to go a few miles farther and about 2000 feet higher than I did), I decided it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Sharry Miller
I was totally shocked when he said he was in there with me. I was sure he’d be at the other end shaking his head at me.
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2018 on Ice Tunnel Adventure at Sharry Miller
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"Yeah...when's the last time you did anything outside of your comfort zone?" I had to actively keep my mouth from falling open when I heard my daughter's sarcastic voice say this to me. Me. Have I failed to live my philosophy of "if it makes me nervous I should probably do it"? I don't think so, but perhaps. Of course, she could just have been a teenager trying to show off in front of her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2018 at Sharry Miller
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I am counting today as my first day of "gainful unemployment." I made up that phrase because I'm too young to retire, I am no longer working a regular job, and I have no intention of sitting around doing nothing of utility, whether to me or others. So, I am not retired, I am gainfully unemployed. Technically, my last day of work was December 19, 2017, but since we immediately went to Hawaii for Rowan's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Sharry Miller
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After two years of prevaricating and just a week of post-ordering waiting, the Isvidda ice skates I ordered for each of us finally came in yesterday. This afternoon, finally done with my work, I asked Thane if he wanted to go for a walk. He suggested that we go skating instead. I knew I married him for his brains! (sometimes) The skates are simply blades with bindings into which ski boots clip. This system means... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Sharry Miller
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On August 20, after not nearly enough training, I completed my first marathon. Now, let's be clear: I did not run this marathon. I walked the entire distance. 26.2 miles in 7:02. A very brisk walk for a very long time. I hurt everywhere. My quads, my feet, my calves, my flabby underarms where my skin chafed against the straps of my Camelback water bladder pack. Everywhere. One of the first things I said when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Sharry Miller
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How many syllables does a Haiku have? I couldn’t remember while I was kayaking on Robe Lake this afternoon, but I was inspired to compose one or two or three to the wonders of autumn. Ah, yes, 17: 5, 7, 5 per line. Kayak rests in reeds. Paper rustles all around. Dragonflies dancing. There were many dragonflies out today, rustling like paper among the reeds and probing the water with their abdomens. I’ve been trying... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Sharry Miller
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Mom at the Trädgårds Föreningen rose garden in Gothenburg, Sweden. Not surprising for a Wisconsin girl, my Mom's family on both sides hails from Sweden. All of her grandparents were immigrants to the U.S. with last names like Olson and Johnson. As a result, traveling to Sweden has been a life-long dream of Mom's. Now that she's 73, and knowing she'd never go on her own, I decided it was time to fulfill that dream... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at Sharry Miller