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.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Summer in Alaska

Here are some pix of our Alaskan summer. First photo is inside of downstairs pre-purchase. Gives you an idea of the kitchen/dining/living layout. Brian and Camilla will begin living here in September. Until then they shower and do laundry at our place and haul water for their kitchen and face/handwashing.

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 and rummages we've been able to furnish our living space quite comfortably and cheaply.

Downstairs kitchen

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.

Nate and I attended the 4th of July parade in North Pole, Alaska. Here are some pix I snapped showing similarities and differences of Iowa and Alaska parades. Something I've noticed in Alaska is that regardless the weather, Alaskans embrace whatever opportunities the season might offer. When it's winter, they get out and enjoy it; same with summer.

Girl carrying a baby goat.

Girl on 4-H float holding rabbit.

About as patriotic as it gets.

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.)

Smokey reminding everyone that only YOU can prevent forest fires. There are several forest fires burning in Alaska now, creating a haze over the Fairbanks area. Due to no winds here they expect the haze to remain til mid-week.

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!

North Pole has an asphalt raceway with races every Thursday. We went to them one week.

This past Friday evening we went to the sprint, stock, and modified stock car races in Fairbanks. They have a dirt track. The track got very, very dry during the race. We brought home our share of dirt on our skin, hair, clothing, etc.

This elderly gentleman got off of his bike and showed us how he mounts it. Yes, very carefully!

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