Alaskan Friendliness ‘n’ Snow

So we got kind of dumped on yesterday and last night with snow, about a foot or so. That meant the driveway needed clearing, and not having a snowthrower, means that I have to shovel it. I’m out there shoveling for a hour or so, about 1/4 of the way through, and the plow comes by. It was an old plow, early ’60s I’m guessing, he starts to turn around in our drive, as they do normally, but this time he keeps backing up the drive. I get the hell out of his way as he is coming all the way up to where I had shoveled. I start ot walk up to the truck, but he just drops his snow blade, and drives back on out to the road, honks his horn, and he’s gone. That was really cool, he saw me shoveling, drove up and plowed me out without saying a word. I waved thank you as he left the drive onto the road. It probably would have taken me another 2 hours to finish up the drive. As it was, it gave me more time to shovel my paths that I have around the house to the shed and weather station and our deck.

Thank You Plow Guy 🙂

Now just let me say that I was starting to wonder about this Alaskan friendliness that I’ve heard of be for moving here. I’ve been out there before with the neighbor out plowing his drive without so much as a wave. I must admit though that it seems his plow truck has been having some issues, so I guess I’ll just leave it.

Either way, this day just shows that there are people out there that will help you out, without hardly even a thank you. I remember how this use to happen back in MI, but that was many years ago.

After I was done, I took some photos of around the house.

House front

Path along back of house

Path from shed to deck

Path to front door

Path to shed from weather station

Path to weather station

Snow on shed

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Christmas Eve Day Drive

Jan and I finally had a chance to go for a drive today. I took her out to a few of the places I’ve been lately, Matanuska River access by Palmer, Maud Rd. area and up into Buffalo Mine area. The sun was out, but it had a funny tinge to it and some clouds were making their way in. I think this was from a storm front on it’s way in from the west. Bethel has a Blizzard Warning out and I think that is what is on it’s way, though I don’t think we’ll any big storm, really no storm at all, just maybe a couple inches of snow.
Did get a few photos though, not the greatest, but got some none the less.

We also saw our first bull moose today. Just as we were driving back down from Buffalo Mine area, I saw something in the corner of my eye, and sure enough, a bull moose. He was just a young one, but still a bull. The pics of him turned out kind of crappy also. Oh well, still got him!

On to the photos. Speaking of which, I’m thinking of building a seperate photo album that is a bit more organized. I’ll still post them here, but also there.

Anyway …

Pioneer Peak Sunrise

Matanuska River Bridge near Palmer

Pioneer Peak from an unnamed lake

Across Knik River Valley looking at an unname peak

On Maud Rd looking west to the Talkeetna Mountains

Matanuska River

River Steam

Matanuska Peak

Lazy Mountain Valley

Bull Moose

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Snowzilla

Big news around Anchorage, the Snowzilla controversy.
Snowzilla is a two story tall snowman built the past few years by one family.
Here is a photo and here is the Snowzilla Story

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Winter Solstice, Continued

It was a gorgeous day, nice and sunny with a few wispy clouds. With the sun at such a low level on the horizon, it makes for some marvelous colors.

I just wish Jan could have been with me to enjoy this day to. It seems we aren’t able to spend much real time together lately, either she has to work or something else comes up. 🙁

Also, I’d like to wave Hello to all the British Expats visitors.

Anyway, I took heaps of photos today, so this is going to be a big one.

The following 8 shots were taken at about noon today down on the Matanuska River just outside of Palmer.

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Pioneer Peak

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Lazy Mountain

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Took a drive down Maud Rd. to check it out.

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Hoarfrost

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Headed up to Hatcher Pass for a bit.

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Same spot, just close-up

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Some skiers, look close up in the sun

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Here ya go, zoomed in

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Looking down on the Matanuska Valley with Pioneer Peak in center. I never get tired of this view.

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’til next time
Laters
Ed