But I Can’t See it for All This Smoke

31 05 2010

Ah Memorial day weekend, and what a glorious one.  It’s been all sunshine all the time for the week I’ve been here, it has rained all of one time, for about 15 minutes.  Sounds perfect, and would be except with a low snowfall for winter and a dry spring, the wild fires are off to a blazing start.  It’s early in the fire season and already they are monitoring 87 active blazes across the state. So far this year they’ve burned 260,000 acres.

Yesterday we went up and hiked Ester Dome,  I took some pictures of what are normally beautiful views, alas the smoke made them less stellar, but the hike was fun and the air didn’t smell smoky.

Mom on the trail up to the top of Ulerhaven (aka the out and back).

My pictures of the top (hampered by smoke)

Just for reference, here are some views you can usually see from the top.


Mama I’m a Big Girl Now

29 05 2010

Being home has been great, however, it’s also reminded me that I’m, well, a grown up now.  Last night I went to the senior recital of a girl I remember being brought home from the hospital.  She is my best friend’s little sister and grew up down the street from me.  I babysat her, brought her lunch to school when she couldn’t leave for lunch in high school, and last night I watched her perform brilliantly.

NO SERIOUSLY, she was freaking AMAZING, like OMG!  I mean I knew she had talent, but hearing her as a part of all her bands and groups, including two amazing songs she wrote and composed herself, was beyond description.  I am so proud of her and in awe of her talent.   “My” little sister is all grown up.She’s the one singing and playing the keyboard.

You Got A Friend In Me

27 05 2010

One of the best things about coming home is reconnecting with old friends.  On my first day back I was able to hang out with one of my best friends, her husband and adorable almost 2 year old.  We ate birthday cake, played all manor of games (Settlers of Catan, Castle Panic, Ziggity, a train game of some sort,and a card game that required some spacial orientation skills that i lack), we watched Dr. Who, and just hung out.  I’m looking forward to connecting with my other friends.

The Cake monster and Mcteach hang out while on a conference call with The Third Musketeer.

Castle panic is a game that is you against the game, Mcteach, and the maestro pose with the evidence of our victory.

I Wake Up Every Morning With A Big Smile On My Face

26 05 2010

One of the things I love most about Fairbanks is that you never have to go far to see wildlife.  I was working last Saturday and on one of the breaks in the conference  I took a walk along the river and what did I see but this little guy/girl.

Just a little beaver building his dam along the river!  I watched him/her gnaw on the trees, drag them into the water and stack them up on the dam.  Pretty neat break!

While I was watching a beaver building creation, some mallards floated by.  Sure beats my normal work breaks.

Well, I’m On My Way Home Sweet Home

24 05 2010

So my journey home began around noon on Tues the 18th.  I left my house, caught the bus, then the metro and arrived at the airport to check my giagantor bag around 1:15.  My flight to Atlanta was, of course, delayed by 4 hours so I got back to my mom’s house around midnight.  We stayed up catching up till 1 and then woke up the next morning to get her house all set for her to leave, stopped by Chick-fil-a and my grandparents house and then got to the airport in time for our flight which left at 6:10 Atlanta time.  We had a short layover in Seattle, and then boarded the plan to Fairbanks.  We arrived at 1:30 am (11 hours later) throughly exhausted but super pumped to be home.

YAY! The bags arrived in the new and improved airport!

The “night” sky at 1;30 am.  It actually looks darker in the picture than it was.

Gotta love it!

All My Bags Are Packed I’m Ready To Go

23 05 2010

OK, here’s the deal.  Normally I’m a really light packer.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve had to check a bag since my sophomore year of college when I flew home for the summer.  However, this trip was different, a. I was going to be here for 3 months, and b. I needed lots of different kinds of clothes (and shoes).  I needed professional clothes for my job at the hospital, casual clothes for just hanging out,  going out clothes, camping clothes, and running clothes.  So I had some tough decisions to make.

As you can see there was some “over pack” happening here, so more cuts had to be made, but eventually I was able to get it all zipped up and ready to go.

Get Back to Where You Once Belonged

21 05 2010

Hi everyone and welcome to the blog.  Several people requested that I keep in touch about my Alaskan summer and I thought this would be a good way to that without bombarding your in boxes with my updates.

I hope you’ll find this entertaining, although I know it won’t be as entertaining as The farmer’s running log, nor as exotic as Panda’s Parents Paris adventures, or as cute overloading as The rockstar’s or Mcteach’s I hope you’ll still come back to find updates and see awesome, pretty good Alaska pics.