Spring is here! Time for upgrades and enhancements!

Another spring is upon us here in Alaska and we’re preparing for a busy visitor’s season.  We have a long list of things we’re working on, which includes upgrades to the TVs and DVD players in all the cabins and rooms, and a new enclosed stairwell for the Heron Roost building.  These are the things we planned on, but in the middle of April we were given a software project we hadn’t planned on!

You probably know if you’ve inquired, or booked with us, we have several website forms we use.  We had two different inquiry forms on our Angels Rest on Resurrection website, and a separate secure (https:) site called “Actually Alaskan” (actuallyalaskan.com) where we had our reservation form. The reservation form is a 2 page form, for added security for our guests.

On April 18 we received just page 2 from someone’s reservation. Later that day we received several notes from guests indicating that they had finalized their reservation…..but we didn’t receive the submissions. This prompted us to do some testing, only to discover that the forms were not working!  Shocked, and a bit panicked, we called GoDaddy, our website provider.

After over an hour on the phone, the technician claimed he had solved the problem. We received his test submissions, so we went to sleep that Friday night thinking they fixed the problem.

The next morning however, when there were no inquiries or reservations, we did some more testing.  Both websites, all the forms, on both failed to work!

Several hours later GoDaddy told us that they had applied a patch to their Website Tonight software that had caused all my forms to stop working!

We’re lucky that Lynda had the time to drop everything else she had planned to work on the websites! (She’s recovering from a shattered femur, so she’s been doing a lot of sitting around anyway! LOL)Screen Shot Angels Rest Secure Booking Site

So, in addition to the upgrades and enhancements we had planned, we now have a brand new secure website for both inquires and reservations!

 

Check out: https://www.actuallyalaskanlodging.com!  We hope you like the design! We’ll be redesigning our main website, angelsrest.com to match this design. This new website should work well from both computers and mobile devices!

Thank you Dear Reader!

We welcome your comments and feedback!

Namaste’

Spring’s Struggle with Old Man Winter

April 6, 2013

April 6, 2013

April 9, 2013

April 9, 2013

Our days are growing longer by almost 6 minutes a day and we’re close approaching that time of year in Alaska, when it’s light out when we get up, light out when we go to bed, and light most of the time we’re sleeping. The long days of sunshine warm the ground. These are the predictable aspects of spring. The atmosphere that wraps around the Planet Earth, and results in the weather, is as unpredictable as the wildest tiger! Mother Nature is whimsical or has become more whimsical as the years have passed, I’m not sure.

Everyone seems to agree that the groundhog, who predicted an early spring, was badly mistaken this year. Although the Seward Highway is remarkably clear of pack ice, road damage and frost heaves are more plentiful this year. The seemingly constant snow is melting off the highway quickly, and long days make a round trip to Anchorage easily possible. Time to start stocking up for summer! Just a short month till our summer staff arrives!

Thank you Dear Reader,
With Great Love, Namaste’
❤ LAMP ❤

P.S. I welcome your comments and questions!

Spring IS coming, even it doesn’t look like it!

A few weeks ago we were blessed with temperatures in the 40s, and dry pavement on the highway; for the past week however, it’s done little other than snow or rain! Lynda has spent Good Friday working from home ~ although they plowed the roads on Lowell Point, the plow company for Angels Rest won’t get to us till late today, and the snow is too deep and heavy to try to trudge through to get to the office! Thank goodness for all the great technology we are graced with! It makes working from home easy! Easter weekend is always a slow weekend for lodging, and at this point the lack of plowing won’t cause any concern.

Spring is surely on the way though! There have been reports of Black bears, and a moose with calf; two days ago we saw a coyote on the north end of Lowell Point, and rabbit tracks in the Heron Roost parking area…..so the critters are a stirring!

Thank you to Paul for planting some bulbs in the greenhouse last fall! The photo in this post is one of the flowers from our greenhouse.

Come on Spring! We’re more than ready!!

Till next time, thank you dear reader! Namaste’
LAMP

P.s. I always welcome your comments and questions!

 

Welcoming 2013 with a fresh look and expanded direction!

Sunrise over the Mountains

We’re excited to share this wonderful part of Alaska with our customers and are looking to the 2013 tourism season with great excitement.  Although the Gathering House was used by several families in 2012, this year will mark its first use by several groups reserving the entire property.  We had a wonderful group of ladies this past February, participating in a Quilt Retreat, and this September we’re having a small wedding!

The Gathering House is a wonderful addition to our property and offering. We’ll dedicate a whole post to it, with photos, soon. 🙂 We’re hoping to expand our retreat business and are even considering sponsoring our own retreats for those interested in Conscious Evolution, a trending and very timely movement.

We’re going to be dedicating more time to writing, and are hoping to post numerous articles that will be of interest to our guests. In light of our fresh outlook, we’ve chosen a new theme which we hope you enjoy.

Last fall we were blessed to find, and excited to hire, a year round employee.  Carmen, our Head Housekeeper, was born in Alaska, and has lived in Seward much of her life. Although we have participated in J-1 Student Exchange programs in the past, we are extremely excited to have found a second, seasonal employee in Mallory, a student in college in Idaho.  She will join our Angels Rest Team, for most of the summer.

Till next time, thank you for your time!

Namaste’ Dear Reader,

❤ LAMP ❤

I welcome your comments and questions!