Denali (The Great One)

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.

These first 5 are from a pull-off just south of Talkeenta

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In Talkeetna there is a really nice park that is on the Susitna River. Took a walk down to the river and got these 7 shots.

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Jan at about -30 below zero with Denali in the background.

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Susitna River

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Later in the day from the same pull-off as before

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’til next time
Laters
Ed

Cold and Gas

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.

Pioneer Peak rising from the fog

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Frosty tree and blue sky

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Across Wasilla Lake

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’til next time
Laters
Ed

Semi-nude, uninvited guest

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

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Nothing like coming home to some dude naked on our couch.
Ed

Birds

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.

Pine Grosbeaks

Hay Flats Again

Just some photos for today.

Across the Palmer Hay Flats from the far west end. Was mostly cloudy out, but the sun was shinning on the flats.

Saw this guy peckin’ on a dead moose with a bunch of ravens, he flew up to this tree when I backed up to see him better.

Even closer

Laters
Ed

Friends Stopping By

Sitting here this morning after letting the dogs out for a run, I heard the two of them barking like mad. I ran out to see what the commotion was only to see them having, what they would think, fun with our local moose. Mom moose kept charging Eli, our Newfoundland mix, but it didn’t seem to faze him in the least. I had to order the two of them in the house, took a bit of persuasion with the offer of treats.

Mom taunting

Laters for now
Ed

Low Sun, Swamp Donkey and Eli

Not really a whole heck of a lot going on today, so I thought I’d snap a shot of the Sun at noon, just to show how low it really is on the horizon. Only 4 more days and we’ll be on the up swing for more daylight. It’s really not bad, you just have to get out during the time the sun is up.

Our neighborhood moose came through again today. And of course Eli had to bark and howl at her. This was after he came home with a very large bone, well, really a leg, to chew on. No idea where he found it.

Anyway, here are a few photos from today around the house.

This is how high the Sun is at noon, you can just see it at about tree level.

View from our back yard at noon today

Mom Moose (swamp donkey) in the woods at the side of our home

Eli found a bone to chew on …hmm

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Winter Solstice

Today is the Winter Solstice, shortest day, in daylight hours, of the year.

I was thinking yesterday about the low sun, well, if you think about it, it’s almost like having a sunset all day long. Really, with the sun at the level it is at this time of year, the shadows, the highlights, and so forth, is like just before sunset.

Today the Sunrise is at 10:17am and Sunset is at 3:35pm. Tomorrow will be about 1 minute longer.

I’m heading out a bit later today with the dogs. I hope to get some more photos of the area.

A good friend back in Michigan sent me this. Thanks Norm. All I can say is, Holly Shit!
Just Watch It, Holly Shit!

’til next time
Laters
Ed