So the other day a large road grader came up our road scraping the surface down. I saw something off the back of the grader that had large arms that point down to the road. Now let me first say that our road, and most back / side roads are covered in snow / ice and have been for quite some time. Little did I know the grader also cuts grooves down the road surface, similar to what you see on pavement on known icy spots. It really is quite cool, the surface of the road has much more grip to it now.
We had a different moose family come through our property today. There was mom and 2 youngin’s instead of the mom and her 1 young that come through most the time. They hung around for quite a long time munching on branches and bushes.
Here are some pics of the youngins, mom was always off in the distance.
’til next time
Almost forgot some good news from the area. I think it’s cool 🙂
The Colony High School marching band is going to Washington, D.C.
Link to story – Colony band raises enough funds for inaugural trip
There was a bomb threat at Wasilla High School today. There’s good and bad news going along with this. First the good, because it’s the shortest part.
Two links to the story.
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman – Notes with “bomb” prompted lockdown at Wasilla high
Anchorage Daily News – No bomb found at Wasilla High after threat
Read the comments on the links, you’ll see some pissed off people, and some that are not.
The school system has a call system in place where they call and email the parents incase of any happenings, like closings, bombs and such. That’s the good news.
From what we heard on the scanner and read on line, this was one fucked up lock down and evacuation. Some wonder why there was even school today, the first letter was found last night. then there are those that wonder why the students were kept in thier classrooms instead of getting them out of the building. On the scanner it reallys sounded as if the police, or who ever, didn’t know what the fuck was going on. They didn’t know where or when the kids were boarding the busses. They didn’t know where the busses were taking the kids. They didn’t know when or if the kids were getting a bus trip home, it turns out NO. The kids were sent out without getting thier coats and suff, well, that’s just fucking stupid, it’s been well below zero for sometime now, and sending them out without coats is completely irresponsible. It really did seem as though the right hand didn’t know what the left was doing, at least from what I heard on the scanner.
Ya know, I really can’t help but think this wouldn’t have happened if Palin, the no longer liked by many locals governor, wouldn’t have put her face in the national public seen. People know that anything that happens in Wasilla will be on the national news, in time. And you can thank her for that. She doesn’t do shit for this state since her vice-pres run. I use to like her, no longer.
One more thing. If it wasn’t for Bush (The Speaking Chimp, of is that chump) inciting terror on all those that don’t believe as him, this may have been just pushed off as just another school prank.
No matter what, all is good now.
’til next time
Warmer, a lot warmer than the past week, we got up to a high of 5* above zero yesterday. Now that might not sound very warm, but it is an increase of 20 to 30 degrees. And, of course the sun was out. I don’t remember ever seeing so many days with sunny skies in the winter, it really is nice. So anyway, I needed to do a bit of grocery shopping Monday. Walking from the Jeep to the store, it really did feel a lot warmer, almost spring like.
Then, today we went to Anchorage and as we got there the ice fog started rolling in. No photos but this one that I thought was kinda cool looking.
Anyone for some hoarfrost basketball? On the basketball hoop, that is not snow, it is frost, hoarfrost.
’til next time
Today we decided to head up to Talkeetna and Denali (Mount McKinley). The temp was about -30 below zero with crystal clear skies. We really could not have pick a much better day to head up there.
Denali (“The Great One”) is the highest mountain peak in North America, at a height of approximately 20,320 feet. Here is a good Wikipedia link about Denali
Talkeetna is a nice small town, mostly of log buildings. Most the shops were closed, off season. We did stop at Latitude 62 for a burger, was a dam good burger at that. Very friendly people setting at the bar and working.
This is going to be a big post, again, with 17 photos.
’til next time
Another chilly morning, minus -26.3*F at 10:20am this morning. The photos in the post prior to this were taken at that time. I went out at about 12:30pm to start the trucks, just to make sure they would. No problems starting. Jan headed off for work and I headed out to fill my gas tank, you never want it to get very low at all. The ice fog was quite thick once I got into town. Got gas and decided to take a few pics and headed back home.
’til next time
Semi-nude, uninvited guest gives New Year’s surprise
Posted by crimeblog
A scantily clad man wandered into a stranger’s Girdwood home early New Year’s Day and sat down on the couch, where the returning homeowners later found the uninvited guest passed out, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Troopers say the homeowners reported the man at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday after they arrived at the Taos Street residence to find the man dressed only in a T-shirt and sitting on the couch, asleep. They detained the suspect and called troopers.
Officers arriving on scene determined Anchorage resident Richard Sexton, 33, was intoxicated and had entered the home thinking he was somewhere else, troopers said. He told them he did not know why he was naked save for the T-shirt.
Troopers released Sexton to a sober adult while the investigation continues. They say charges of criminal trespass and indecent exposure “are being explored.”
— Anchorage Daily News
Nothing like coming home to some dude naked on our couch.
We have a few birds that brave the cold year around. At home, we have Black Capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, some kind of sparrow and a flock of Pine Grosbeak that comthrough. I’m still hunting for a good bird book for Alaska.