After spending 54 years from birth to 2008 living in Iowa I was presented with an opportunity to live in Fairbanks, Alaska. My blog is a diary of the adventure to get to Alaska, day to day life in Alaska, as well as facts for loved ones left behind in the Lower 48. Enjoy.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Rambo and Camilla 7-3-09.
Camilla refers to Rambo as Nate's and my child. She obviously gets along well with her new brother :-)
Camilla bought a Superdog costume @ thrift store..Rambo willingly posed.
Photo of marigolds, cabbage plant, miniature rose bush and green beans I planted on the south side of our house. The cabbage is currently larger than a basketball and still growing! (view from our deck)
View of one corner of our back yard from our deck. Sidewalk leads from deck stairs to garage.
Dining area. I love the entertainment possibilities of our 60 x 108" dining room table.
Living area - hard to believe when we moved here we brought no furniture. Thanks to Craigslist.org and rummages we've been able to furnish our living space quite comfortably and cheaply.
View from our living room windows around midnight. Colors don't do it justice in the photo.
Our kitchen. The kitchen appliances came with the purchase. Can't believe the stove doesn't have a drawer under the oven.
Girl carrying a baby goat.
Uncle Sam encouraging popcorn donations...not sure what that's all about.
Photo of a local coffee shop I thought you'd enjoy seeing. (There are small coffee quick stops several places in Fairbanks, and they are always busy.)
Moose antlers attached to the grill of this pick-up.
This banner is difficult to read. "More than a church, we are a launching pad for dreams."
Yup - Farm Bureau in Alaska.
Papier mache moose and calf on a float. Note: Real moose are not nearly so slender!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Rear view of the duplex we purchased. Snow has all melted and veggies are planted in back yard.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The sweet children below are the children of Letha, our receptionst. She made the kuspak's for her daughter and son on the left and her mother made Letha's coat modeled by her other daughter. There was a nice article in today's paper...check out the entire article here: http://www.newsminer.com/news/2009/mar/22/story-tell/
Open water on the Chena River - it's been open all winter because it is downstream from the local power plant.
More drooping snow
Snow piled atop the trailer Brian and Camilla towed to Alaska in July. We've been told that once the snow begins to melt, it goes very quickly, as it is low in moisture content.
This little gal is all bundled up and awaiting the outhouse races. Every time we go to an activity I continue to be pleasantly surprised by the number of young, young children in attendance. Gotta hand it to the Alaskan parents for their patience in getting the little ones' gear organized, on and off...and on a regular basis.
More mushing competition pix. We watched a movie this afternoon at Pioneer Park and learned that they initially train dogs to pull dogsleds by allowing them to run alongside the dog team for a season. When the weather is very, very cold (by Alaska standards, not Iowa standards) they put booties on the dog's feet to keep them from injury. (They are very similar in appearance to the hand mits worn by newborn babies, with velcro attached to the top.)
More dog mushing. The wooden building across the river is a new bingo parlor. There are three bingo parlors in Fairbanks which are open 7 days a week. They each give away a minimum of $5000 every night.
The picture below is absolutely hilarious to me. This girl was at the riverfront awaiting the passing of the dogs. She brought along her pink hobby horse and her stuffed monkey. Here she is shown having propped her monkey on the teeter-totter and is attempting to figure out how to get the hobby horse attached to the teeter-totter. Right after I took this photo she threw down the hobby horse and hopped on the teeter-totter.
Handmade mukluks worn by Letha's children. The diamonds are pieces of fur cut in that shape and attached to the other fur to make the beautiful cuff. The bottoms are made from sealskin.
Nate holding the second place prize - a fox skin, won by Letha's younger daughter, Chanel, for her kuspuk. When she was given her prize she reached right out and draped it over her arm. I can imagine in Iowa if a teenage girl were given a "raw" fox skin they would not have the same appreciative reaction. Letha can be seen in the background behind Nate.
Here are a couple more newspaper articles I found to be interesting and want to share with you~