Driving Through Denali Highway - Mostly gravel is it worth the drive?

On our way back from our fishing trip to Chitina, our friends invited us to make a detour. A long detour! I never been to this road before so I didn't know what to expect but I was excited.  Our drive through Denali highway started from Paxson Junction on Richardson highway to Cantwell then back home to Fairbanks.  How far was the detour? From Paxson Junction (Denali highway) to Cantwell is about 135 miles. Then Cantwell to Fairbanks is 152 miles. The detour going back to Fairbanks using Denali highway was about 287 miles. However, if we didn't take that road,  Paxson Junction to Fairbanks is only 175 miles.    Was the drive through Denali highway worth it? Oh yes! The road is long, remote, and mostly gravel  but it was memorable and fantastic drive. Awesome views of mountain ranges, rivers, lakes, glaciers, and valleys. However, the only wildlife we saw was HUMANS. Overnight Camping at Tangle Lakes Campground We spent a night at  Tangle Lakes campground , milepost 21.5 about

Our Trip to Blueberries and Flowers U-Pick Farm

Once again it's that time of the year, blueberries and raspberries u-pick time here in the Pacific Northwest.  And to say not the least, u-pick flowers. Blueberries are big and they taste so good! One of the things I love being here in the Pacific Northwest is going to farms picking berries and flowers. It's such a wonderful feelings and the experience is priceless, I love it! It was Friday afternoon, a cooler day, we thought it was a great time to go pick blueberries and flowers. Didn't want to wait for the weekend where the u-pick farms get too busy with people picking. It was easy and quick pick. We got a total of five and a half pounds of blueberries and 20 steams of flowers.  My 8 year old son says "I like it very much" it was priceless hearing that from him. Watch our short video of our trip to blueberries and flowers u-pick farm Where did we go? Boxx Berry Farm - A family owned farm located on  6211 Northwest Drive, Ferndale, Washington. They are convenient

How Did I Get Valley Fever?

This is a continuation from my posts, a journey to finding out what's going on with my health.  What Sickness Do I have? Enlarge Lymph Nodes and Abdominal Abnormality Biopsy on Enlarge Lymph Nodes at the Base of My Neck St. Joseph Hospital How did I get Coccidiodomycosis also known as Valley Fever? After almost 3 months of being sick, and several test done, I finally got a diagnosis to one of my active problems - three more to go . Disseminated Coccidioidomycosis also known as Valley Fever.  Ok, so how, when, and where did I get Valley fever? a fungal infection? And what is Valley fever? On July 7th, I admitted myself to the Emergency Room at St. Joseph Hospital here in Bellingham, Washington per my doctor's order. I've met with the CDC Infectious Disease Doctor and went over a result from my lymph node biopsy. First question he asked was "are you from California or Arizona?" I am not but I've been there recently. He said that with the biopsy, they found D

Biopsy on Enlarge Lymph Nodes at the Base of My Neck

This is a continuation from my two post What Sickness Do I Have? and   Enlarge Lymph Nodes and Abdominal Abnormality   View of Bellingham Bay Lymph nodes on the left side of my neck started showing up just few days after I got sick on April 14th. My enlarge lymph node slowly multiplied that my left side of my neck was swelled up. Last week of June (just before my biopsy) I noticed my neck was not as swelled up and my lymph nodes are not as noticeable as it was.    Before my biopsy, I was scared because I don't really know what to expect. I don't know how big the needles are and I'm worried about getting another scars on my neck. But I'm glad that my doctor went for Ultrasound Guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy instead of having an incisions to removed a lymph node for sample.   On July 1st, I went in for my Ultrasound Guided Biopsy at St. Joseph Hospital East Tower here in Bellingham, Washington. I went in by myself because due to Covid-19 only patient can come in to

Enlarge Lymph Nodes and Abdominal abnormality

This is an update from my post on May 29th about  What sickness do I have? . Just for a short recap, I've started being sick on April 14th . I thought at first it was just a sinus infection or allergic rhinitis. But then after almost 2 weeks I was still not healing up that's when I started seeing a doctor. From there, I've seen doctor after doctor trying to figure out what is wrong with me? Mt. Baker Imaging It's where I had the Chest CT Scan and then CT Scan Abdomen Pelvis with Contrast Due to lack of health insurance, I waited and find other options and also waited to see if I get better. I know getting a CT scan is not cheap here. But I didn't get better and other options didn't workout so I've decided to have it done. My health is more important and I know I needed to get this done soon. So, on June 9th ,  I went and got my Chest CT scan done and the next day June 10th , I saw my doctor with the result of the scan. Result of Chest CT scan: Irregular den

Wonderful Dinner at The Lighthouse Bar and Grill

We had a wonderful time eating dinner at the Lighthouse Bar & Grill Restaurant in Bellingham Washington. The location is amazing, looking over the panoramic view of the Bellingham Bay, the harbor, and the beautiful garden. It was a very nice evening, the weather wasn't hot nor cold.  We searched restaurants on Google map and found this restaurant for having great steak. I went on their website  Hotel Bellwether  and booked a reservation which was pretty easy to do. Upon checking on their website, I found that Lighthouse Bar & Grill is part of Hotel Bellwether.  We arrived early at the restaurant but they were able to accommodate us right away.  The price of the food is what you expect to pay for a fancy restaurant. It wasn't that bad by the way. The food and the service didn't disappoint us. We received good food and great service. We had a wonderful Dinner and good experience at The Lighthouse Bar and Grill in Bellingham Washington. Beautiful garden of Lighthouse



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