Rutherford Goes to Alaska

Dear Ruthie,

Last week I went to Alaska! It was very exciting. I got to ride in a plane, stay in a fancy hotel, and do all sorts of interesting things! Most of the time, I rode in Ariele's pocket so I could see everything.

My favourite thing about Alaska was the ocean. It was so beautiful and strange looking. It looks very different from our ocean here in New England. I think that maybe the part we were looking at was shallower? But I don't know much about it, except that it was beautiful! I wish you could have seen it, Ruthie!

There were flowers everywhere! I was surprised, because I think of Alaska being so cold and frigid that only evergreens and lichen would grow there, but they had all kinds of beautiful flowers all over the city, bright-coloured and interesting to look at!

I also thought the mountains were pretty--they reminded me of your mountains! They had their first mountain snow while we were there, too.

The mushrooms there were very cool. I played house under this orange one, and this flowery one made me want to bite it! Ariele wouldn't let me though, because she said they might be poisonous. I tried to bring one back, but she vetoed that, too.

Here is a picture of me and Ariele by the ocean. I look so tiny compared to everything!

I also got to see one of their planes that take people to islands and things. See it, it's right there by the trees! Isn't it cool? They were always flying overhead. We saw so many planes! If I had a nickel for every time I saw an airplane, I wouldn't even be able to walk, they'd be so heavy!!!

We also saw some cool signs on our walk. This one is a recipe for fish! It's funny because they also call the recipe Lace Pants! Isn't that funny? There was also this sign that shows the difference between an angry moose and a curious moose. We didn't see any moose at all, so I was a little disappointed about that, but we did see ducks!

Anyway, I had a great time in Alaska! Maybe you will get a chance to go sometime, Ruthie! If you do, take lots of pictures!