Something I have always wanted to do was make panoramic images, I just never really tried. Well holly crap, is it ever easy in PhotoShop. I don’t have too many photos that will work for a panorama in my collection so I choose a couple from last weekend. The photos I used were only 2 in progression, but at least I found out how easy it is to create them.
’tis all for now. I hope to get out today or tomorrow to get some more shots.
A few things about Alaska that is different than Michigan (now that I’ve been here a bit)
- Morning radio alerts you of moose on the road during your drive to work
- The roads have wheel grooves from the studded tires
- Booze is sold in a separate store
- Smokes are sold in a separate store
- There are webcams you can check for road conditions
- People don’t give a shit if you’re different than them
- Rivers turn into roads in winter
- Grocery store fruit and veggies are much fresher in Alaska
- TV, Everything is an hour earlier in AK. (David Letterman is on at 10:30)
- Alaska has Wolverine, unlike the Wolverine state of Michigan
I took the dogs out for a drive and run today. We headed over to Palmer, again, then across the Matanuska River to Wolverine Rd. Followed Woverine Rd. for quite a long ways, there is some wonderful scenery. The road runs on the east side of the Matanuska River and looks toward the Talkeetna Mountains. I found a small spot with a great view to let the dogs run for a bit.
We then headed back toward home and headed up to Hatcher Pass. I’ve posted photos of the area before, but this time there are skiers up there. Most of the areas that people are skiing, snowboarding or just sliding are fairly tame, but then there are the few that risk life and limb to ski the extreme. This is just an open area for recreation, no lift chairs, no nothing, you have to walk, climb or crawl to get to the top. Looks like fun, I’ll have to take my Bumpjumper up there. I’m sure few, if any, people around here have seen one.
Anyway, on to the pics of the day
The following are from the Wolverine Road drive
Following are from Hatcher Pass
Hatcher Pass Skiing – Also, these shots were just about at sunset, I think that’s why the sky is so perfectly blue
If you look really close you can see some people climbing
’tis all for today
’twas a good day.
A few days back we decided to sell the cargo trailer that got our stuff here. Put it on Craigslist then in the local papers. We got 2 responses yesterday and 1 today. The guy today is moving back to Texas after 16 years and said this is the perfect size, same size trailer he moved here with. He bought it on the spot! YaY. That’s the really good news. I thought it was sold, but he didn’t follow through. Damnit!
Earlier in the day we went off to explore again. Headed north by northwest to see what we could find. We drove across and along the Little Susitna River, really quite a nice area. Drove up Moose Meadows Rd. Until the end. Wow was there a lot of moose tracks up there. At the end of the road was quite a nice home, looked to be off the grid, but really nice. Took some photos of the area there.
We had quite a bit of time and sun left in to day so we thought we’d drive up the Glen Hwy a bit, again. Made some stops at spots we hadn’t before. It’s just so beautiful everywhere you look. I don’t think I will ever get tired of the sights, as you can see by the photos from today.
We then came home and Jan made a wonderful dinner…Yum!
On to the pictures…
Jan at the end of Moose Meadows Rd.
End of Moose Meadows Rd.
Little Susitna River
Jan at Matanuska River
Kings River merging into Matanuska River
Just for fun, Road Sign
’til next time
Needed to get out of the house for a bit today due to it being so damn nice out, again. It got up to about 20F with sunny skies, after a chilly -2.7F morning.
Drove over to Palmer, it’s really so much nicer over there, to wander around the Matanuska River just outside of town. There are some nice places you can drive right down to the river just off the Old Glen Hwy.
The re-finishing of my old armoire is coming along, just slowly.
Not sure what else to say, been lots of little things going on, but nothing really big.
On to da photos
Matanuska River from Old Glen Bridge
Matanuska Peak from the river
Mt. Gannett (I think) from Matanuksa River
Mid-day sun over Matanuska River
With snow driffs
Ice flow along the river
More peaks from the river
Some ice crystals, it’s really snow, but it has been so dry that it is crystalizing
That’s all for today
First show of the year. The forcast for the light is only “fair”, can’t wait ’til we get the strong ones 🙂