Monday, March 17, 2008

Bears Will Be Boys

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Mile 79 Seward Highway Portage Glacier, Alaska

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A Laugh A Minute - Rusty But Fun

Cross country skiing on the trails surrounding Sheep Mountain Lodge, Alaska. An amazing day of bald eagles, glaciers, moose and a refresher course in XX skiing.

Our first attempt at snowshoeing in the Chugach Mtns above Sam and Gretchen's house near Eagle River, AK

Friday, March 14, 2008

Ghost On The Horizon

The shy but mighty Denali reveils herself only on her schedule.
Some 135 miles away from our vantage point above Sam and Gretchen's house, Denali, far right at 6194 meters or 20,320 feet is the tallest mountain in North America.
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1961 Polaris Sno-Traveler

Yesterday we visited an Anchorage museum that had a wonderful display on the origins of the Iditarod sled dog race including this vintage snow machine. Matthew and Brian, enjoy. The link here is to a 1963 magazine ad. (click on any image to enlarge)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The P is Silent

We had a wonderful introduction to snowshoeing yesterday in the Chugach mountains above Sam & Gretchen's house. We had been on an uphill climb for about 30 minutes when we came into the thick brush in the photo below. I was in the lead and as I stepped into the thicket there was an explosion of black and white off to my left. A Ptarmigan, very much like the Eastern Ruffed Grouse, exploded from the base of a Lodge pole pine. I have read about these Arctic birds since I was a teenager and was very excited to see my first. I wasn't quick enough to get it on film.
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What an amazing 1:45 minute snowshoeing hike with the mountains on every side.

Jasper and Jack didn't have any fun.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sheep Mountain XX Skiing

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Monday was an amazing day. We had to drive for about two hours to have enough snow but it was worth it. We saw an eagle, glacier and moose on the way to Sheep Mountain Lodge for a day of cross country skiing. Two hours and the dogs never stopped running. My legs are still tired.

More Alaska Photos

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Jasper getting some hugs
Walking the Cook Inlet shoreline.
Watching the bears.
On our way to a day of cross country skiing. The Matanuska glacier in the background.

Room With A Mountain View

We spent Saturday skiing at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood. It had snowed 78 inches on the summit the previous 4 days. I managed a half day on the slopes with Sam & Gretchen. The deep powder just kicked my butt. I have never experienced anything quite like it.
These are the views from our mountain side , 7th floor room.
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Eagle, Moose, Glacier

All in a day for an Alaskan tourist.

Boys Will Be Boys

Jack (left) and Jasper being boys.
Sunday photos from the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Eat Your Heart Out Sam

Nephew Ben in New Hampshire says they have received 101 inched of snow since December 1st.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

How Many Of Me - Jay Chamberlain
LogoThere are
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?