The Rest From Yesterday

Well, here we go, the rest of the photos from yesterday.
Enjoy 🙂

Matanuska River

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Matanuska River

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Matanuska River with Granite Peak on left and Lava Mountain on right

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Matanuska River steam

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The following 10 are all from somewhere along Buffalo Mine Rd.

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Kings Mountain

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Gertie on Buffalo Mine Rd.

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Moose Creek

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’tis all
Laters
Ed

Photos, Photos, and more Photos

Went out again today because it was just way too nice to stay in. I took a lot of pictures today. I just wish they could show just how beautiful it really is here. It really is breathtaking.
I’m only going to post a few at a time, I have 17 that I have ready, so that the posts wont be too large.

The only way this day could have been better is if Jan could have been with me. She had to work. 🙁

Raven watching over the Matanuska Valley with Granite Peak on the right

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Matanuska River with Kings Mountain right of center

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Buffalo Mine Rd., looking up the Matanuska Valley

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From Buffalo Mine Rd., I think this is Eska Mountain

Moose Creek

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’til next time
Laters
Ed

Out to the Hay Flats

Woke up this morning to a cool and invigerating -12.8*F with clear skies and a full moon. I knew it would be a wonderful day to get out and let the dogs run a bit, so we headed out to the Palmer Hay Flats. I think by the time we got there we had reached our high temp for the day at -1.5*F. I snapped the first photo just before a wave of freezing fog rolled in from the inlet. I do think that the fog made for some really dramatic photo’s.

The pictures from today.

Looking across the Hay Flats

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Almost the same view as the last photo, but the freezing fog was rolling in.

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Hoar frost with freezing fog rolling in. Shot into the sun.

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View from our house this morning.

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To finish things up, another fun road sign.

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Colony Christmas Festival

Today we headed over to Palmer for their Christmas thingy. It was only the first day of the festival and we were only able to see the craft exbits, but it was still nice to be in Palmer rather than Wasilla. Palmer just feels more like a town and is so much prettier than Wasilla. Don’t get me wrong, Wasilla is nice, just too busy for my taste and no town feeling. Now the crafts, another thing, it was really nice to see that ALL the items there were from the Palmer area, unlike other shows I have been to that have items from all over the place including China. We also used Palmer’s post office to mail off our Christmas stuff, very freindly service, unlike Harbor Springs post office.

Palmer Water Tower with moon. Didn’t turn out the way I had hoped, but what the hell.

The following are not from Alaska, as some of you may notice, but of the Houghton MI lift bridge dedicated to Seannie

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’til next time
Laters
Ed

Trees of Fire

Spent part of the day fixing the driveway after getting stuck last night. Our drive is very icy after the thaw and rain we had.
Heading out tomorrow to mail XMas stuff off. Maybe we’ll head over to Palmer also, they are having their xmas weekend todo.

These were taken at about 3:15pm. There is a bit of snow falling also.

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’til next time
Laters
Ed

Ditch Divers or… Where You Born An Asshole?

Yes, Ditch Divers, you know them, the assholes that drive too fast on ice and snow covered roads then end up in the ditch. I really don’t understand why some people just can’t drive just that little bit more careful/slower. I have driven in snowy, icy weather my whole life, and never have I ended up in the ditch. I’m driving back from Anchorage today, yes, it was snowing and the roads where a bit slick, no big deal, winter driving, but what the fuck do some of these people think? “Look, it’s snowy, windy, icy, I think I’ll drive like an asshole and do some ditch diving and block all other traffic.” Are they in that much of a hurry that they can’t slow down and get home 10 minutes later?
I’d like to dedicate this song to all those… David Allen Coe – The Asshole Song.mp3

I got my Detriot Tigers cap today, Yahoo
I have always been a fan, even in the really bad years.
And yes, that is an old Pabst Blue Ribbon case you see. That case is most likely over 40 years old. 🙂

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Moose Damage

Haven’t been out too much lately mainly do to the weather being kind of crappy, warm with rain. Today though, it has started getting cooler again with snow on it’s way and this coming weekend looks to be nice, partly sunny with temps in the upper teens.

Want to also say, thanks to all that have commented here, it makes this blog worth while to me.

Moose do a good bit of damage when hit.
From the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman:
“Nov. 18, 6:36 a.m., Mile 54.6 Glenn Hwy.: Darrell Wassman, 55, Yelm, Wash., hit a moose while driving a 2001 Kenworth semi-tractor. Wassman was unhurt. The moose was donated to a local charity. The Kenworth sustained $20,000 damage.”
That 20 grand has got to hurt.

Snow layers on our shed after thaw.

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’til next time
Laters
Ed

Bit’o’Sun and Solstice

So as the days get shorter and shorter, I’ve sort of starting counting the day until the Winter Solstice. As of today, it is 17 days away. On that day we will have only 5 hours and 27 minutes of daylight. But, that is the shortest day, and from there on out, the days start getting longer. I am looking forward, though I know it’s a long ways off, to summer, mainly because we haven’t been here in the summer yet.

Cooked up some ribs today, damn they were good. I have to say that the cost of meat, and the meat it self, is quite a bit cheaper and better than back in Harbor Springs/Petoskey. We had about a 4lb. rib roast for Thanksgiving, it was only about $25, back in PTown it would have cost around $40.

Bit’oSun on the mountains at about noon today

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p.s. as you can see, I have made my thumbnails a bit larger. I like it.

’til next time
Laters
Ed