Days and Nights

There is no doubt about it, the days are getting longer. Our days now have a length of visible light of 16 hours 34 minutes. They say that the darkness of winter is the hard part of the extremes of light. I really didn’t notice it, it was only for a couple weeks where the days were darker then what I’m use to. Now comes the long days, I think these will be harder on me. Having to go to bed at a earlier time then what I’m use to and it still being “daytime”.

Driving to work in the morning, about 5:30am, is turning into a beautiful drive, with the sun starting to rise above the mountains. I found quite a nice spot right behind work to get some good sunrise photos, we sit right on Wasilla Lake.

Today was a wonderful sunny warm 55*F, with just a little breeze. Time to get the chairs out on the deck, spring is here!

Redoubt Volcano eruption continues. From AVO: The volcano remains at aviation color code ORANGE and alert level WATCH. The potential for renewed explosive activity is high and may resume with little warning, likely generating an ash plume and a lahar.

This mornings sunrise, taken at 5:30am, looking across Wasilla Lake.

Redoubt today.

’til next time

Just For Fun

Just in case you weren’t feeling too old today.

  1. The people who are starting college this fall were born in 1991.
  2. They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up..
  3. Their lifetime has always included AIDS.
  4. The CD was introduced two years before they were born.
  5. They have always had an answering machine.
  6. They have always had cable..
  7. Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.
  8. Popcorn has always been microwaved.
  9. They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
  10. They don’t know who Mork was or where he was from.
  11. They never heard: ‘Where’s the Beef?’, ‘I’d walk a mile for a Camel ‘, or ‘de plane Boss, de plane’.
  12. McDonald’s never came in Styrofoam containers.
  13. They don’t have a clue how to use a typewriter.

P.S. Save the earth. It’s the only planet with chocolate.

’til next time

A Quickie

No, not that type of quickie, get your mind out of the gutter. 🙂

Today was mostly just one ot those lazy days, sitting around the house ‘n such. The day started out very overcast, then as time went on, the sun began to show. I picked just the right time to do some grocery shopping, the sun was out with some great clouds floating by. We reached a high of 52*F today, and while looking around the yard, I can see the Birch trees are starting to bud. The Cottonwoods are starting to unfold their buds into leaves. Spring is here!

So anyway, other then doing some shopping, I really didn’t do a damn thing today, though I did get some photos while out. 🙂

Looking across the Flats

Mount POW/MIA and Twin Peaks

The ever present Pioneer Peak

Bald Eagle flying over head

We also had our neighborhood moose around today, well, really just as I was about to post this, so now I’m adding these.

One of the young ones

Mom and 1 of the young ones.

Here’ one from a few days ago.

And yes, Redoubt is still in eruption.

’til next time

Another Redoubt Photo

Yes, it’s still erupting, though no big explosions in the past few days.
I thought this was a good photo, I gave it a small tweak.

Photograph of Redoubt as seen between 5:17 pm and 5:28 pm on April 7, 2009. Photograph courtesy of Robert Cole, Peninsula Airways pilot.


Skiing Anyone?

Some fun shots from yesterday up on Hatcher Pass. As with most pictures like these, they don’t really show the steepness, nor the height.

Skier on mountain

Getting ready

There he goes…


Hard Work, A Bit Of Swaying, And Out For A Drive

Had a good hard day at work, feels good. During our last break, I was sitting there and felt a swaying motion. At first I just thought my chair was loose, then after hearing others ask if anyone felt “that”, I, and we all, knew we just had an Earthquake. It really was quite a roller, and lasted for, I guess, about 10-15 seconds. Later hearing on the news we found out the earthquake was a 4.7, just 13 miles SW of Wasilla. Cool stuff! 🙂

From KTUU:
The quake was widely felt by Southcentral residents because of its relative proximity to populations centers and because it was relatively shallow, said Natasha Ruppert, a seismologist with the Alaska Earthquake Information Center.

“We consider it shallow, but earthquakes can occur all the way up to the surface, even at a one-mile depth,” Ruppert said. “This is relatively shallow, because in Alaska we have earthquakes as deep as 150 miles.”

“We haven’t received any reports of damage,” Ruppert said. “What people reported is that some objects, lightweight objects, toppled and fell down, and maybe just shifted from one place to another a little bit. But we didn’t get any reports of heavy objects falling or any structural damage so far.”

Got out of work, headed home, then Jan and I headed up to Hatcher Pass with the dogs. Was a really nice sunny warm day. Reached about 50*F here at the house.

Government Peak

Looking across the valley

Mountain mound

Hatcher Pass landscape

Skiers climbing

Some of the mountains were facing just the right direction and caught quite a bit of volcanic ash.

’til next time

After The Eruption, Hay Flats

Redoubt has been quiet again after the massive eruption this morning. All the ash fall went southeast, so it missed us.

Took the dogs out for about a 3 hour walk out on the Hay Flats today. Was a wonderful warm sunny day to be out for a hike. I keep going back here because it’s close and there is unlimited room for the dogs to run, as long as the moose don’t come out to say hi.

Looking down Cottonwood Creak into the Hay Flats

Mt. Goode peaking through the clouds


Pioneer Peak

This shows just how vast the flats are. Looking in the direction of Anchorage.

’til next time

Back to Red

Just as AVO had set the Alert Level to Orange, Redoubt blows again, and another big one, very big.

2009-04-04 06:58:38
The Mt. Redoubt alert level is currently WARNING and aviation color code is RED.

At 06:00 AKDT there was a significant explosive event at Redoubt. An ash cloud has reached at least 50,000 feet above sea level and is heading SE. The National Weather Service has issued an ash advisory lasting to 10am AKDT for areas from south of Ninilchik.

Lightning was observed in the eruption cloud and
AVO seismometers indicate a lahar in the Drift River Valley.

Here is a snap shot of the seismic chart.