Taxes Complete

Like the title says, we did our taxes the other day, and the good thing about it was that we were able write off some of our moving expenses. We’re also getting a good return form federal and MI state. WooHoo, this will be the last year for Michigan taxes, no state taxes here in AK and hardly any sales tax, depends what city you live, end even then, it’s tiny.

I was going to head out this afternoon to take some photos, but it clouded up and snowed. Tomorrow should be a good day though, I hope.

Sunrise this morning

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Another Gallery

Today I finished our trip from Harbor Springs, MI to Bellingham, WA gallery. A lot of the photos are kind of crappy due to taking them while driving, I know, I shouldn’t be doing that. The Pine Canyon pictures really doesn’t do it justice, or in better words, the scariness.

Now I have the two biggest galleries to do, Michigan and Alaska. Just not even sure where to start with these. 🙂

Redoubt Volcano Update:
Redoubt Volcano has not erupted. Elevated seismicity is continuing and is dominated by ongoing volcanic tremor and occasional small earthquakes.

Starting around 9:00 AM AKST, the amplitude of tremor increased and has remained somewhat elevated. A regional earthquake at 10:50 AKST, located 45 miles NW of Anchorage, can be clearly seen on Redoubt webicorders. This earthquake has a preliminary magnitude of 3.6.

One of my favorite of the trip. It’s from Going-To-The-Sun Road in Montana.

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’til next time
Laters
Ed

Photo Galleries

Spent most of last night and today working on one of the photo galleries I’ve been wanting to do. You’ll notice a new catagory to the right called “My Photo Galleries”. These will all be listed on the main droppings.dog-berry.com page as well, and I’ll adding more and more as time comes. For now, I have just two, our trip to Alaska in May of 2008 and the newest one; Our Trip on The Alaska Marine Highway, from Bellingham, WA to Whittier, AK.

I’ll end today with a photo from the Inside Passage, leaving a small native village. (Wish I could remember the village name).

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Quick Trip to Anchorage

Jan and I had to go into Anchorage today. On the way back we headed up Arctic Valley, we’ve never been up there. What a wonderful drive up there, just wish it would have been a nicer day. We’ll be back on a nicer day, that’s for sure.

Anchorage through the clouds, fog, snow and power plant steam.

Views from along the drive

Sitting area at Arctic Valley ski hill, about 3600ft, just about at the tree line.

View from sitting area.

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Just Stuff

Not a whole heck of a lot going on today, just been around the house. Another wonderful sunny day, but didn’t get beyond the yard. The days are noticeably getting longer, about 6 minutes per day, light around 8am and dark a little after 6pm, and you can really start to feel the warmth of the sun. We have a relatively long twilight. I remember last May, when we visited before moving here, the temp was in the upper 40’s, but the sun literally felt hot.

Something new for me, people here pronounce my name correctly. Rarely back in Michigan did anyone pronounce Nephler with the PH sounding like F not P, even my english teachers back in school said it wrong.

Redoubt Volcano Latest Observations:
2009-02-10 20:17:50
Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues. No eruption has occurred. Seismicity at the volcano is currently characterized by continuous shaking, or tremor. AVO staff were in the field today making visual observations and improving the monitoring network.

Views from our back yard, again. 🙂

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Had To Get Out, Sunny Day, Again

Made pancakes for Jan and myself this morning, yummy.
It started out cloudy, slowly cleared with little ice crystals falling from the trees, really cool looking. Middle of the afternoon, Jan was about to head off for work, the skies were clear, so I decided to head out myself. Just had to, way too nice to stay in. Living up here that’s one thing you really need to do, get outdoors, otherwise, with the long winter, you’ll go nuts, although I haven’t had any problem with the cabin fever. I get outside and enjoy this wonderful land.

I wasn’t really planning on going far today, just head up to Hatcher Pass. On the way there. I looked on my GPS and saw road to the left that looked good, I took it. Not really too many photo opportunities, but still a nice drive with nice views. After taking my detour, I headed up Hatcher Pass, just to check things out. Drove up, sat and watched for a while, then drove back home. All in all, a nice out-in-about.

Some photos from today.

From my detour, Edgerton Park Rd.

Following are from Hatcher Pass
Snow machines making their mark, High Marking.

Extreme Skiing anyone?

The climb

Fog in the valley

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Another Wonderful Sunny Day

Yep, another one, temps in the upper teens to about 20*. Went out heading for Palmer then down the Glen. I was looking for a park I had seen yesterday, but didn’t stop. While driving and looking for the road to the park, I needed to pull over to get someone off my ass, I was driving a bit slower due to looking for the road, and pulled off on a little road called Colleen St. Well, this turned into a great little road to take. It heads into an area that is quite hilly and quite a few lakes. I followed the signs for a boat launch, which lead me to Irene Lake and Canoe Lake, beautiful little secluded lakes. Well worth the pull off, and I am sure to return.

Jan and I really need to take these little drives and discoveries together more.

I then headed to Carr’s Grocery, but had forgot my Carr’s Card, so I headed home to get it just in time to see Jan off to work. Got my card, sorted through some of the photos I had just took and headed back out to get groceries. Hmm, the sun was about to go down, so I headed out to the Palmer Hay Flats to get some more shots in of the sunset.

I did finally get the shopping done. 🙂

Redoubt is still rumbling away, wish it would make it’s mind up, the suspense is killing me. 🙂

Update:
2009-02-07 21:05:27
Continuous volcanic tremor continues at elevated levels this evening. A steam plume was visible in clear web camera views all day. The web camera is now dark for the night.
Crew from today’s gas and observation flight report no significant changes at the summit of Redoubt since the last overflight on Monday. Data from the flight are being processed.

On to some of the pictures from today.

Canoe Lake

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Irene Lake

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Triangle Lake Park – The park I was originally looking for. Wasilla is in the far distance.

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Some frosty trees from around the lakes.

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Path heading to Canoe Lake

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Hay Flats Sunset

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Views from the flats while the sun is setting

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Phew, that’s it for now. I have more though, hehe

’til next time
Laters
Ed