Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Monday, August 8, 2016

Lorrie and Keith come to Alaska!

Lorrie and Keith arrived in Anchorage early Saturday morning, July 30th. After resting on Saturday, Greg, his sister Lorrie, and her husband Keith, headed to Denali on Sunday morning. They saw a couple of moose and met with a lot of road construction on the way. They got checked into their rooms at the White Moose Lodge in Healy later that afternoon. After enjoying a good dinner at the Salmon Bake, they drove into the park.
 They did manage to see a moose and her calf near Savage River. On Monday morning, they ate a nice breakfast at Rose's and traveled back into Denali National Park for the bus tour.
 All buses were booked until 1:30 so they walked around a bit and went to the Visitor Center. On the bus they were treated to seven bear sightings,

 including a mom with two cubs!
They also saw many caribou, including this one walking along the park road.

This was also their closest animal encounter of the day.

There were may Dall Sheep to be spotted, but they were too far away for a good picture.
 Luckily, this bus only traveled as far as Eielson Visitor Center.

Come to find out, a major mudslide that very afternoon closed the park road only about a mile beyond Eielson!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Start of Summer

I'm out of school for the summer!
 I've just been resting up, doing a little housework, and working in the yard and garden.
 Everything has really taken off. 
Isn't this curious that there is only one poppy in the middle of the bright yellow ones?
 The Sitka rose is almost finished blooming for the season. We enjoyed its light sweet scent.
 Greg has been wrangling the raspberry bushes for weeks. They grew so tall and sent runners out everywhere.
 The mountain ash tree's flowers are gorgeous!

 Beautiful iris in the back borders.

 We are already eating radishes and leaf lettuces that we grew in the raised beds.

 The wonderful leaf lettuces!
I leave for holiday in Tennessee to do some traveling with my Mom and visit friends and family. Hopefully by the time I return, some of the other plants will be ready to harvest.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Meet Purry Mason!

After looking for a kitten for several weeks, we finally found the perfect one! We named our little kitten Purry Mason. It is about eight weeks old.
Amazingly sweet and completely spoiled. But it does have a tough life which consists of sleeping, playing, and eating! This covers 100% of Purry's day. We haven't  just stayed inside and played with the kitten all the time. We worked outside quite a bit this weekend.
 The weather has been absolutely perfect with temps in mid 60s to low 70s. It is so great to have a yard again. Just to be outside in the sun and breeze is exhilarating. Greg has a garden going featuring five raised beds.
 I've been trying to figure out just exactly what we have growing in the flower beds around the house. We thought we would just wait and see what came up in them. Some of these might be weeds for all I know but they sure are beautiful.

 We think these might be called woolly geraniums.

 Several of our fruit trees are also flowering.

 As you can see, this bed of carrots, leaf lettuces, head lettuce, and radishes has responded to the nice weather and the 17 hours of sunlight each day.

 The weather that comes with summers here makes the winters here worth the trouble.
 Life is good!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Enjoying the weather!

This weekend and our recent weather have just about made winter a distant memory.

 As you can tell by this weekends' pictures, we mostly worked outside each day.

 We got the raised beds ready for planting.
 In fact, Greg sowed some lettuce, radishes, and carrots in one bed.
 I added some parsley and cilantro plants to the herb bed. Looks like the chives are back!
 Here is our sunroom where I started a few zucchini and squash plants in pots.
 Hopefully this is the just the beginning of a great summer garden. We are still going to give it a few weeks on everything else. It will be nice to harvest our fruits and veggies and not worry about the chemicals on them. We have several flowers growing in the border around the house.
Think this is called a Sitka Rose.

Will have to wait and see what kind of flowers it produces. We are now over at 15 hours of sunlight each day and everything will really start growing now.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spring is here!

I just returned home after spending Spring Break visiting family and friends in Tennessee. It was really warm there a few days while my Mom and I were traveling. I had a wonderful trip and returned home to 10 inches of fresh snow! This was the biggest snowfall we have had in awhile and I wasn't even here to watch it come down. Greg wasn't too fond of it on Sunday, aka the first day of spring, as he shoveled the driveway and walkways for 4 hours. Spring so far as been great.
 We've hit near 50 degrees the last 3 days in a row.
 Our winter eagles are still here but will be gone soon.
They will be leaving soon as the warmer temps become the norm.
 We tried to take a few pictures of the eagles.
 Hopefully before they leave, we can get some pics of better quality.