Out ‘n About

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

Another peak

Mid-day sun over Matanuska River

An icefield?

Matanuska River

With snow driffs

Cliff side

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
Laters
Ed

For Sale

Well, we really are going to sell our cargo trailer, the one that brought our home to Alaska. It’s in great condition, with only about 2,600 miles and 2 never used spare tires. We’re asking $7,500 for it, which is under what others around here are asking for simular trailers. We just don’t see a use for it now, and the extra money is always handy.
Here’s the ad on Craigslist:
2008 Continental Cargo Tailwind, 20×8 Cargo Trailer

Looks like the day is starting out great, nice sunny skies and temps should be in the 20’s this afternoon. It’s 7.5?F as I type this.
Soon as we can get our butts in gear, we’ll get out and enjoy this great day.

Here’s a photo shot out my office window this morning.

‘Till later
Ed

Missed The Storm

We missed most of the storm last night/early today. The heavy snow stayed west of us with some parts getting about 30 inches. The strong winds stayed south in the Anchorage and Turnagain areas with winds reaching 100mph. Lots of power outages and trees down in the Anchorage Hillside area. We only peaked out at 23 mph, though I’m not too sure that my weather station is in the best of spots, think I’ll try on the shed roof.

Here’s a headline from Anchorage Daily News…

Thousands of storm victims still without power
About 6,000 customers are still without power in the Anchorage, Eagle River and Valley areas after winds up to 100 mph early this morning carved paths of destruction, bringing down trees, tearing off house shingles and scattering lawn furniture into neighbors’ yards.

In other news, we drove to Palmer today to get drivers license’s. All went well there, we now just need to bring back some paper work to get our registration and plates changed over to Alaska.

The weather cleared up for our drive to Palmer, so I was able to snap atleast one photo.

The drive into Palmer and Lazy Mountain.

Thanks all for now

Laters
Ed

Exploring Eklutna Area and Knik Arm

A great sunny day it was today! We decided to take a drive and do a bit of hiking to.

Our first stop was in Eklutna to visit the Eklutna Church and cemetery.

From Wikipedia…
…Eklutna (pronounced /??klu?tn?/) is a native village within the Municipality of Anchorage in the U.S. state of Alaska. The Tribal Council estimates the population at 70; many tribal members live in the surrounding communities.
…The Dena’ina Athabascan village of Eklutna is the last of eight villages that existed before construction of the Alaska Railroad brought an influx of American colonists around 1915. First settled more than 800 years ago, it is the oldest inhabited location in the Anchorage area. Its Dena’ina name is Idlughet (“by the objects”, referring to two nearby hills); the name “Eklutna” derives from Idluytnu, the name for Eklutna River, meaning “(plural) objects river”.
…Russian Orthodox missionaries arrived in the 1840s. The melding of Orthodox Christianity and native practices resulted in the brightly-colored spirit houses which can be seen at the Eklutna Cemetery, in use since 1650 and now a historical park. The cemetery is probably the most photographed graveyard in Alaska, overshadowing other features of the village.


Next we headed up to Eklutna Lake, in Chugach State Park, to do a bit of walking around/hiking. We will be back another time to do some real hiking here! It’s just plain beautiful.
We got there just in time to get some reflections on Eklutna Lake of Bold Peak.

Hoar Frost definition from National Snow and Ice Data Center…
Hoarfrost A deposit of interlocking ice crystals (hoar crystals) formed by direct sublimation on objects, usually those of small diameter freely exposed to the air, such as tree branches, plant stems and leaf edges, wires, poles, etc., which surface is sufficiently cooled, mostly by nocturnal radiation, to cause the direct sublimation of the water vapor contained in the ambient air.

We had extra time after Chugach so we headed to the other side of the Knik Arm Towards Goose Bay then Point MacKenzie. This is where we saw the Mushers (dog sleds/ATV’s). Heading towards Point Mankenzie we took a turn on a nice back road, nice and snowy. Traviling down this trail we crossed the Iditarod Trail then on through Big Lake and home.

On to the photos from today.

Eklutna Church

Eklutna Cemetery

Eklutna Lake Reflection of Bold Peak

Eklutna Lake with Swans

Eklutna Lake, Swans, Hoar Frost and Bold Peak Reflection

Eklutna Lake with Hoar Frost Grasses

Frosted Grasses – Hoar Frost

Another Frosty Reflection

Knik Arm Looking Towards Chugach Mountains

Dog Team Pulling ATV

A Second Team

And to finish things off, a road sign – Sled Xing

‘Til next time
Laters
Ed