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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Visiting Fairbanks: Trees

Because I’m me, the other thing I paid a great deal of attention to in Fairbanks was the trees. The boreal forest (Taiga) is beautiful.The trees are very different from what I’m used to here, mostly being black spruce, white spruce, and birch, and all of them tall with thin trunks.

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These last two are probably my favorite pictures of the trip.

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I wish I’d been more acclimated to the cold, because I could have spent quite awhile wandering along this creek / stream and finding others like it. But hopefully we’ll get to visit again and I’ll be more prepared for the cold.

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Visiting Fairbanks: The Chena River

As I live along a river, I tend to orient myself to water. I found myself unable to do this in Fairbanks, possibly because much of the water was frozen. Also, because I didn’t walk as much as I normally do, because I wasn’t really acclimated to the temperatures during our short visit.

But I did get to walk along the river, which was good.

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SO! MANY! DUCKS!

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Visiting Fairbanks: The Roads

If I’ve been quieter than normal recently, it’s because we were getting ready for our big trip–heading north to visit Tania in Alaska! HUZZAH!

My goals were simple: Spend time with Tania and see the aurora. Both goals were accomplished! Although all my pictures of the aurora were blurry and out of focus, I didn’t mind, since I actually got to see the aurora, and it was amazing.

If you’ve spent much time reading here, you know that we spend a lot of time driving WV roads. Which are pretty abysmal. So of course I was interested in the Fairbanks roads and how very different they were from WV roads. First, being covered in snow was normal. Second, the scenery was so different from what I’m used to, I kept starting at it in fascination.

The angle of the light also made things look even more gorgeous than they already were.

Here are some of the roads Tania drives regularly.

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Even more exciting, I got to expand my skill set and drive Tania’s car for a bit!

This may seem a strange place to start with our trip, but in rural areas transportation is how communities survive (or not) so I can’t help but be fascinated.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

This Is Awesome

In today’s mail:

West Virginia Stamped Letter

West Virginia Stamped Letter

Bravo Greatland Graphics, you just made my day!

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Alaska Really Isn’t Like the Rest of the Country

My 2012 Denali Wildlife calendar.

Addendum the First: I emailed them, and they’re going to send me stickers to fix the numbers. Too bad I already messed it up by writing in the correct dates. :(

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Alaska: Inside Passage

After Ketchikan we continued along the inside passage towards Vancouver, British Columbia.

Here is our last sunset in Alaska:

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Luckily, on the last day of our cruise, there was still plenty to see. In addition to the wildlife here, we also saw dolphins and porpoises and sea otters.

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The ship went through the Georiga Straight, which is–as you might be able to tell from this picture–a rather narrow and windy passage. These pictures were taken from the bow of the ship, looking at the passage we are about to go through.

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Alas, our last night aboard the ship.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Alaska: Ketchikan

The last Alaska stop on the cruise was Ketchikan. Apparently Ketchikan is a good place for fishing, but what interested me was that it is a temperate rain forest. So of course the excursion we (yes, Michael had some say in the matter) chose was a hike in the rainforest.

Hike was used very loosely here. It was really a very casual stroll in the woods.

Living in a land lock state, one thing that was new (and thus fascinating) to me was the preponderance of float planes.

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The idea that they best way to get from one city to another is by a plane that takes off and lands on the water was a completely bizarre concept to me. I’m not sure we have a body of water upon which you could land a float plane.

The rainforest hike was easy, but still very pretty. I would have liked to have taken more time in the woods, but, when you’re with a group, you’re stuck at their pace.

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And there were a LOT of bald eagles.

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And Kingfishers. I was very pleased that this picture turned out so well, since I couldn’t see the birds at all clearly, since they were so far away.

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Part of the land on which this park was built, was an abandoned lumber mill. I found the equipment fascinating. (Not that we don’t have lumber mills in WV. It’s just I don’t get to walk through abandoned machinery very frequently.)

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When we wandered around town, we not only got to see a fish ladder, we also got to see lots of moon jellies! I love watching jelly fish. I find them so relaxing.

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