Monday, October 27, 2014

I went to Fairbanks for the weekend to work?

Well I did, but you can't work all the time. As usual, some of the time I spent driving around looking for a photograph.
 I think "The Lucky Duck" needs deicing. Just one of the sights at Pikes Landing. This is on top of their greenhouse. They're pretty heavy into hydroponics.
 Earlier this summer I saw this historic sign and saw the hangar was under renovation. I was hoping they wouldn't cover it up. They didn't Wein Air Alaska still lives.
"Know Fear" A C119 "Boxcar" with jet assist in Everts Air Cargo storage yard. Geeze do I like old planes. I'd love to go sit in the cockpit. I scared a bunch of pigeons that scared me while I was shooting.
 My friend Rebecca took me along to watch some agility training. It was pretty cool. I've seen it in action in Anchorage outside, but this is a first inside one for me.
 It was tough to shoot because of the type of lighting in the building, but there were cool things happening. The corgi's name is Lady, not sure what the lady's name is. 
 Rebecca has a challenge with Chloe, but she's sticking to it. Chloe is young, hyper and easily distracted, but Rebecca is having fun and not giving up.
 There's lots of pretty sights in Fairbank. This I took on my way to the airport to head home Sunday morning. I think it was +23°f. See the steam rising off of the Chena River?
I don't think Fairbanks Fire Department has used Truck No. 1 in a while. This old Seagrave is in pretty good shape considering it's out in the weather. If it could talk, I wonder what it would tell us.
Until next time Fairbanks.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Down on the Reindeer Farm

A trip to the William's Reindeer Farm before the snow flies. The kids love it and I think their mom & dad does too.
 From hay maze to horse back rides to a horror barn, the kids checked out it all.
 All the kids rode this beautiful black Clydesdale. It was as gentle as it is big.
 Smiles all the way around.
 I constantly heard from in the crowd on how nice the staff is.
 All kids love pumpkins.
 I think his eyes are bigger then his stomach.
 What cotton candy???
And of course the reindeer. This big guy had his own bale of hay.
Mom & Dad always make time for kid fun.
What a fun day and the weather cooperated. Temps were in the high 30's, no wind and no rain or snow.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Rainy Days and beagles

It's that time of year. Pre-winter. The leaves are mostly off the trees. Termination dust (snow) is more then half way down the mountains. Macy likes the smells this time of year brings.
 We don't get a lot of rain, but it's been drizzling since last night.
 That nose goes 24/7. If anything gets her in trouble, it's that nose. It amazing how many people come up to me when we're out for a walk and say "I use to have a beagle" or "Does she bark a lot?" or "Hi puppy". Well the puppy is 5 now. I don't have her exact birth date, so I go by when I got her.
 This is the second beagle in my life. I understand why people do have them, not why they don't. She's well behaved most of the time, barks very little and steals the covers.
 She doesn't care if it's raining, lets go for a walk. She'll sit patiently while I play with the camera but doesn't like posing.
And probably wonders why I'm taking photos of dried up berries with rain dripping off of them. Lets go home and get a cookie.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Happy Anniversery to Me

Well, I'm not talking about my blogiversery which was last month, since 2007. I'm not married. Well, it is mine and Macy's, but that's not the one I'm talking about yet. It's the one of me not making it to the end of the road just yet. Well, maybe one...
 And because of great doctors, nurses, hospital staff, family and friends I got to see a lot more of life and appreciate it a whole lot more in the past year.
 My sister and brother-in-law came to visit and they got to see Denali among a lot of other parts of Alaska. This summer has had such great weather, I've seen Denali out more than ever before.
 Macy, one of my adventure pals. She's always there for 3 years now. She's the best!
Humpback Whales!
So cool!
 So much wildlife. Photography helps me remember.
Traveling the state with Petra and Hal, two bald eagles....
and Ghost the snowy owl. 3 awesome ambassadors for Bird TLC. Meeting awesome people from all over the world.
Along with some awesome volunteers, helping the injured wild birds that come through the clinic.
I'm a lucky man to still be here, to have what I have and have the opportunity to do what I do. I don't have it all, but then yet maybe I do.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

With Utmost Respect

It's very comforting when I go and visit my brother and sister veterans to know that their final resting place is well taken care of. It's also in such a peaceful location.
I go near here often, but don't visit as often as I should.
When I visited this time, the fall weather was in full bloom. The maintenance crews were trimming the grass. You couldn't find a stray leaf anywhere.
 At one time there were 217 Japanese soldiers from WWII buried here. Although they were enemies at the time of their death, their memorial and grounds are as well kept as the rest of the grounds.
Thanks to all who care take our veterans and their final resting places. It makes me fell very comfortable knowing that this peaceful place is available to myself and other veterans.
For more on Fort Richardson National Cemetery, click here