Sun & Snow

With our daylight getting shorter and shorter, down to less than 6 hours a day, you have to get out and enjoy the day when you can. So today I needed to head out and send a damn bank check to Five Turds Bank so that we can close out our account back in Petoskey. While out I thought I’d go check out a little lake close by, Memory Lake. It was really a wonderful day out though a bit chilly, our high for the day was right about 0*F, but with the sun out it didn’t feel very cold. The sun doesn’t get very high on the horizon, just a few degrees up, then back down. Even with the lack of daylight, it’s days like these that make winter so great.

All of the following are from Memory Lake

’til next time

What Did You Do Today?

I spent my day shoveling snow with lots of time to think and get pissed off. After all these years, close to 40, of having a snowthrower to take care of the snow, I had to shovel today, and as you can see, our drive isn’t very small. Back when we were leaving Harbor Springs we had to get rid of a few things at the last minute. A so called friend said he would buy our gas grill (only a couple months old) and our snowthrower (only used 1/2 a winter) and send us the money once we were in Alaska. We agreed on a very low $500 for both. Well, we have been here for over 2 months now and haven’t seen any sign of the money, he always seems to have a new excuse as to way he doesn’t have it. BULLSHIT!

There was a time when I trusted people by their word. Very hard for me to do that any longer. I have always tried to honor my word, and I still will, just not too sure about anyone elses.

Anyway, I think we got about 10 inches from late yesterday through the night. That’s really not that much, but during yesterday the temp was hovering around 32F which made the snow quite heavy. If it would have been 10 to 20 degrees colder the shoveling would have been a breeze. Had to get it done before Monday, ’tis forecast to be a high of about 7F, before the snow turned hard as cement.

I did get a bit of help at the end of the drive. The plow, just a pickup with a plow, but does have DOT on it’s door, came by as I was down near the end. He rolled down his window and asked if it would help if he finished up the drive for me. I said, “Do I look like a fool, go for it and thank you”. He finished off the end of our drive, waved and drove off. Alaska friendliness showed.

Our driveway after I shoveled today

One of our bird feeders

Backyard snowscape

Bush in our front yard

’til next time


*** Winter Weather Advisory ***

Statement as of 4:03 PM AST on November 29, 2008

… Winter Weather Advisory for snow in effect until 3 PM akst

The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a Winter
Weather Advisory for snow… which is in effect until 3 PM akst

Snow will continue to fall through Sunday afternoon. Snowfall
intensity will increase this evening with 4 to 8 inches expected to
fall overnight. Storm total snow accumulations by Sunday afternoon
are expected to range from 6 to 12 inches with highest amounts on
the hillside.

You may notice this is called an Advisory, not a storm, not a heavy snow, nothing more than an Advisory. Back in MI this would have been called a storm.

Being Sunday tomorrow, our road most likely won’t be plowed, not until Monday at the earliest. That’s how I remember snows and in my opinion, that’s the way it should be. We don’t live on any kind of through road, in fact, it’s a dead end road and we’re at the end. From what I have heard, this years snow has come earler and more of it than normal, or at least back to the way it was at one time. If it’s going to be winter, we might as will have snow eh.

This was taken at 5:50pm, quite dark out, f/4 10s ISO 800 RAW DNG. It’s just to show the snow at this time of day and how much we have gotten today, mostly anyway.

’til next time


So I dug out the Bumpjumers the other day. I don’t think many people around here have seem one, if any. We are thinking of taking them up to Hatcher Pass on Thanksgiving. During the weekends it is very busy up there and we have heard that on Thanksgiving a lot of people head up to ski, board and slide on the hills. Looks like fun!

This one I bought as a kid. This is the original design.

This one I made from an old rental ski

One of the many hills

’til next time

Leftover Frost

Took a quick drive down to the Hay Flats again today, only went a bit further down to the Knik River (found the correct road). Most the frost had been blown away, kind of a windy day, but down here there was still quite a bit of the frost remaining. The frost is so thick, it looks like snow. I’ve only seen this a few times back in Michigan. I just find it fascinating.

Anyway, here are the 2 photos I took of the frost.



Went downtown Wasilla today for another job interview. On my way back I took these shots. Just love the frosty trees.

These are all from Wasilla Lake Park right in town.

Think that’s it for this day

Frosty Morning

Was a bit chilly this morning, -7.6F. I’m sure there are many more to come.
With all the fog in the air last night and this morning, the frost on the trees and bushes is wonderful.

Here is a shot from this morning with the moon and frosted tree.