April 17, 2013

When 35 Feels Like 70..degrees that is!

The weather has been phenomenal lately and I have taken time away from paper writing, house cleaning, and whatever other "important" things I have to do in order to get outside and enjoy every second of the blue skies and sunshine.

A few days ago Greg took the day off and we headed down the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm, with Portage as our destination.

Even though we've both lived here for over 6 years, we are still in awe of this beautiful drive.  Stopping to take the occasional shot, we leisurely drove the 50 miles to Begich Bog Visitor Center where we looked out over Portage Lake.
The snow was somewhat soft and knee deep in some areas but we made our way towards the glacier.  The sun was so hot that we both ended up taking off our jackets and we were still hot in our tee shirts.  At the end of the tree lined edge (in the distance), we took a break, pulled out some snacks, enjoyed the absolute silence and just enjoyed the beautiful day.  Because of the deep snow, and our lack of snowshoes, we never made it to the glacier... but I will be skiing out there before it's too late!
I can't say it gets any better than that.

To see more pictures of this adventure, and many others, 
please visit My Photo Blog

April 5, 2013

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
   Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

If spring were to ever actually show up here in Alaska, I could start on my growing to-do list.  Having only a few short months of summer, I will need to get going as soon as I possibly can.
So snow, go on and melt on outta here!

1.   Plant garden.
2.   Build chicken coop.
3.   Buy chickens and put in said coop.
4.   Paint living room.
5.   Paint kitchen.

Now that I look at the list, it doesn’t seem too daunting and should be quite manageable… hopefully.