Getting Out

Today was my day to get out and do some more exploring of the area. Started out a nice sunny day, again, though by the time I got out, it started to cloud up, and by the time I was ready to head home, it was heavy overcast skies. Not quite as warm today, only got up to 39*F at home.

I didn’t really know where I was going to go today, being the weekend and knowing it would be busy in some areas. I headed out the Old Glen Hwy. Turned on some of the side roads in Butte, quite a nice area really. Then went down to the Knik River, then on around to Kepler-Bradley Lakes State Park area. While hiking along Long Lake, I passed this sign:

The path then came out to a farm field, walked out there for a bit, took a couple photos, and came back to the trail.

All in all, was a good day. It’s now snowing as I type this.

Eagle Munching on a Moose carcass with Magpies and a Raven

Flying away

Same spot as the Eagle, looking down Knik River

Old Knik River bridge

Farm in Butte with Pioneer Peak

Sun setting on a peak

Trail along Long Lake, Grizwald and Eli in the back

End of Long Lake

Other direction on Long Lake

View from Matanuska Experiment Farm

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Around Town

Had the day off, needed to do things around town, like getting groceries, depositing pay checks, picking up dog food, and of course, taking a couple photos.

Was another great sunny day, highs reached 44*F at the house, not too bad for the first day of spring in Alaska. I do wish a bit more snow would melt away, but considering we are still getting down to around 0*F at night, it’s melting pretty good. Roads are clearing up from the ice cover, though lots of slush and puddles. We have a couple trees with some good size buds popping out, that’s nice to see. Daylight is getting longer and longer, length of visible lightfor today was 13 hours 43 minutes. It’s getting dark at home here at about 10pm, that’s when it’s really dark, no twilight left.

Now here is some crap; Gov. Sarah Palin is refusing to accept more than 30 percent of the federal economic stimulus money being offered to Alaska, including dollars for schools, energy assistance and social services. Now I can understand some of the reasoning behind refusing some of the funds, but what the hell is she thinking when the percentage that’s being refused is for schools, energy assistance and social services? Are the kids not worth the money? Social Services, na, we don’t need those either, and energy, well gee wiz, no reason to look into more energy is there.
From KTUU TV: “As a result of Gov. Sarah Palin’s announcement that she will reject a large portion of federal stimulus money available to Alaska, the Anchorage School District won’t be getting about $26 million in federal funds it was expecting.” No, no state need more money for schools, nah. What the fuck is she thinking? Ah, the hell with it, can’t change her, she thinks she is the next GOP biggie.

Enough of the ramblings. I hope to get out tomorrow with the dogs and get some more photos somewhere, just not sure where I want to go.

Photos from around town today.

Matanuska Peak from behind Mat-Su Hospital and across hay field

Part of Chugach Mountains from behind Mat-Su Hospital. Left to right; Poineer Peak, Mount POW/MIA, and Twin Peaks

Pioneer Peak from Home Depot parking lot

Wasilla, corner of Parks Hwy and Palmer Wasilla Hwy from Home Depot parking lot

Again

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Lance Mackey Three-Peats

Yes, Lance Mackey three-peats in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, 1000 miles from Anchorage to Nome.
Here are a few great photos from Sarah Puffer Iditarod 2009
When you think about it, it really is quite an amazing racing, 1000 miles on dog sled, let alone doing it 3 years in a row. Lance also seems like a good guy and really cares for his dogs. Always a plus in a winner.

Other news; work has been going well, though a bit slow until next week when all hell should break loose. Then the ride will begin for the next 8 months. We have a 3 day weekend this week due to being so far ahead of schedule, that will probably change next week also.

I found out this past Friday that a friend from Harbor Springs and LTBB will be coming to AK in June for a visit. That should be cool.

Guess that’s it for now.

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Redoubt Acting Up Again

From ADN:
Redoubt alert status raised after explosion

UPGRADED: Explosion is the largest of its current unrest.

By GEORGE BRYSON

Published: March 15th, 2009 04:55 PM
Last Modified: March 16th, 2009 03:33 AM

Mount Redoubt released a plume of steam and ash that rose about three miles above sea level Sunday afternoon, and geologists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory immediately upgraded volcano’s aviation color code status to orange and its alert status to “watch.”

Redoubt alert status

Here is a great video from Moose Whisperer on the AK City-Data Forum.

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Laters
Ed

More From Yesterday

I have a few more photos from yesterday.
Been playing around with PhotoShop a bit, just to see what’s what and how things turn out. Some are good, some not so good.
Another nice sunny day, not a cloud in the sky, temps in the low 30’s. I was going to get out for another small hike, but had things I needed to get done around the house, oh well.

Mt. POW/MIA

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Another plane crossing the Flats

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Looking across the Hay Flats

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Pioneer Peak

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’til next time
Laters
Ed

Out To The Flats

Took about a three hour hike out on the Palmer Hay Flats today. Just another fucking wonderful day to be outdoors. Not quite as warm today as the past few days, but still up to about 43*F. I’ve always been this way, just hate to be indoors on days like these and I can’t understand people that don’t get out and just sit around the house. I can understand if you have something you need to get done, but damn, get out there!

While walking out on the flats, I was about a mile out and moose suddenly appeared from some brush. I had to grab Eli and tell Griz to stay, these are my dogs, due to Eli having the liking to make “friends” with moose. Anyway, while I was watching the moose cross the flats, I was thinking to myself, how fucking wonderful is this, this is what you see on TV about Alaska, in the wild, with the wild.

Most of these are from Palmer Hay Flats, Cottonwood Creek area.

Moose out on Palmer Hay Flats

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This guy buzzed me, didn’t even hear him coming

Looking across Cook Inlet from KGB Dr. Those chunks of sandy ice must be 5 foot tall.

More from the Hay Flats

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Matanuska Peak from the Flats

Pioneer Peak

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’til next time
Laters
Ed

Sunrises, From December 2008

Been working until 2:30 and the weather hasn’t been the best, so I desided to post a couple photos from back in December. These were taken around noon, but where we were, the sun was just rising over the mountains. All were taken from on the Matanuska River.

Days are really getting longer now sense the time change, we’re up to 12 hours 44 minutes of visible light. Today we hit 47*F for a high and that is with mostly cloudy skies.

’til next time
Laters
Ed