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

Cornelius Lake

We headed out today to go to Home Depot, but instead of turning into town we decided to head out and check out one of the houses we looked at a long time ago. The house we were interested in, this was when we were still Harbor Springs MI, was on Wolf Lake. On the drive out there we drove by a little lake called Cornelius Lake with a great reflection of the mountains, stopped and took todays photo. Anyway, the house on Wolf Lake is no where near as nice as the one we are in now, good thing eh.

We did finally make it to Home Depot, just need some more sand paper.

Cornelius Lake Reflections

Guess that’s it for today
’til next itme

Another Day of Snow

You know your in Alaska when…you get 6 – 8 inches of the great white stuff in October. Although, we do have pictures of a good snow fall October 1st in Michigan. It’s always fun for me during the first snow of the year, love it! It snowed just about all day long, mostly light snow.

On a different note, I was nicely corrected by one of our neighbors that on my post from 10/10, when I said it was Pioneer Peak in the photo driving into Palmer, it is really Lazy Mountain. Thanks Jamie!

We have desided to sell our cargo trailer, we really don’t see a use for it, and we can get close to twice what we payed for it up here. Sounds like a deal to me 🙂 I spent most of today getting what was left in it so we can get it ready for sale.

And on to some snow photos from the back yard 🙂

’til next time

Plates ‘n Stuff

There, our Alaska license pates are on. Yippe, we’re legal.

We went out to get some chinese food for dinner and on the way I snapped some photos around town.

Gertie got a new look today 🙂

Wasilla just before sunset

Wasilla Lake just before sunset

View from the back…again

’til next time

Just More Daily Stuff

Spent some of today splitting wood, though much easier to split than the wood from Michigan (Alaska’s hardwood is Birch), it was still a bit tough for the first time of the year.

Took a couple photos from the yard showing the mountains out back and where the sun is at “high noon” this time of year. If you were to stand facing west and hold your watch so that 12 is west, the sun is about at 10. Fairly low in the sky. The photo I took was right into the sun, and you can just see the height it’s at.

We had a window replaced on the house today, it was cracked when we moved in and the landlord had it replaced. The guy that came to replace the window was from Detroit. Said he came here for a 2 week vacation, that was 16 years ago. He never went back from vacation.

The weather man is calling for snow again tonight and tomorrow… Snow Report from ADN
Quite an early start of winter, even for here. People are rushing to get thier studded tires on due to the early start.

I’m also about to start my next big project, refinishing an armoire that was my grand fathers. My mom had stained it red many years ago and I want to get it back to, or at least close, to original.

This is in the same spot as some of the other’s I have taken from home.

That’s if for now, need to start a fire.