"When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky"
-Guatama Siddharta

Over and under and up and down...sunshine and thunder...a laugh and a frown!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Creamer's Field Migratory Birds

8/22/10

Today I went to Creamer's Field, which just so happens to be very close to where I am staying.  Here is the Website if you are interested. At any rate, I stumbled on the Crane Festival...I was more interested in the cranes than the festival. On a side note the festival was more like a large bbq than anything else. Back to the cranes, they come through this area on their migration route and only stay for a very short time, eating in the fields and resting up. I was able to capture some pictures albeit far away since I don't have one of those mile long lenses that so many of the other patrons seemed to have! I felt mildly out of my league!

In addition to cranes, there were tons of Canadian Geese...not my favorite animals by any stretch of the imagination, but they were nice an far away, so that's good.

Hilltop Truck Stop, Denali, and Nenana

8/21/10

First official real deal of exploring in Alaska and I have to say it was a huge success! I set out with two coworkers and we started at the Hilltop Truck Stop for breakfast. You might have seen this if you watch Ice Road Truckers...they eat there frequently, in fact two of the company's trucks were in the parking lot when we went!

After a lovely breakfast we set off for Denali. It was a great day, warm (for Alaska) and sunny! I thought for sure that I would see some amazing wildlife...since I am practically a pioneer out here...by the end of the day I would have been happy to even see a squirrel. NOTHING! Seriously, the only animal that I saw were the bugs flying into our windshield as we were driving home. Utter disappointment on the animal front...scenery was great other than that though, and we were able to see part of Mt. McKinley which I hear is not common (70% of the time you do not)

Both on the way out and on the way back home we stopped in a little area called Nenana. It was great and had a lot of great opportunities for photos!

Monday, August 16, 2010

It's a glorified hearse...

8/16/10

Unfortunately not much has happened in the limited time that I have been in Fairbanks...but I do have some pictures that I took from my iPhone to share...mainly of the high quality vehicle that I will be driving for 60 days until I trade it in for a 4WD one (oh hurry up 60 days!)
If any of you have one of these things...I'm sorry...if you are considering buy one...don't...that's about all the review I can give you without really slandering this mousetrap on wheels!
On a more positive note, here is a lovely shot that I took from the plane of the mountains (with snow on them) before I landed in Anchorage...


Oh yeah, that was also in the evening, you could see the moon (but it didn't come out in the picture!) Cool huh?!

More to come when I am able to do some more exploring!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

On to the next adventure...

8/14/10

Wow, to say that time flies is an understatement! I feel like I was just preparing for my Japan assignment, and here I am, Japan under my belt, a distant (but never forgotten) memory, preparing for the next adventure...Fairbanks Alaska!

Today couldn't have been a better "last" day in New England before departing for a while! The weather was absolutely gorgeous, so Mike and I spent the early afternoon doing part of the Appalachian Trail (Lion's Head in CT). Later on in the afternoon we ventured off to the farm in Alford and picked some blueberries and enjoyed some more sunshine with my dad. Now as I sit here typing this pre-departure blog post, Mike is preparing a lovely dinner of lobster stuffed with Ritz crackers, minced scallops, onion, and some other things (I didn't pay enough attention clearly!).

I'm told that I will get to "experience" a good solid 3 seasons while in Alaska, I look forward to it (I say that now!)...I've also heard time and time again that even though its a million degrees below zero in the winter there...it's a "dry" cold so it doesn't feel as cold...for the record I will say that I am guessing that regardless of wet or dry, cold is cold!

I look forward to keeping everyone up to date (again) via the blog and bringing you all along on a virtual tour (through pictures!) of my adventures/misadventures in Fairbanks!

Please please please don't make me eat moose!