Diary entry from January, 18, 2011, Wasilla, Alaska: While on a walk this morning I came across a large moose. It was just standing there, eating a tree. I didn‘t bother it, and it didn‘t bother me.
Here’s an adn.com story about how a little shop in Palmer, Alaska “invented a machine that is cleaning the decks of aircraft carriers all over the world.”
Flashback to driving to Alaska in March, 2010: “If you try to drive through Canada in the winter with those tires you’re going to end up as a statistic.”
“The dogs have just returned from 10 days of breaking trail to Toklat and back.”
~ A note from this Denali National Park and Preserve page on Facebook
January 5, 2011, Wasilla, Alaska: Our parking lot, a half-inch or more of ice, and black gravel they’ll sweep up and re-use come March or April.
This is a series of Facebook posts from an adventurous day in Alaska, December 31, 2010:
1) Hmm, more bad weather today. Adding “tire chains” to the grocery list, and I’m out the door. Driving to Seward to celebrate the new year!
2) Famous Alaska saying: “There’s old pilots, and there’s bold pilots, but there ain’t no old and bold pilots.” Meaning I’m stopping in Anchorage tonight.
3) So ... I was trying to get to Seward tonight, but got stuck in a steep, icy parking lot in Wasilla for a while. I finally decided to drive-slide the car to the edge of the parking lot where there was a small strip of frozen dirt and grass that went up the side of the hill. I got the tires on the right side of the car on that strip, built up as much speed as I could, and finally got my car up the hill. It took more than an hour to get out of there. After that I tried even harder to find tire chains but could not, so I decided to stop in Anchorage. They started the fireworks at 5pm (because of the whole darkness thing), and various shows went on all night, which was a really cool way to spend the evening.
Diary entry from December 21, 2010, 1:45am, Wasilla, Alaska:
“Sitting outside with Jack Daniels and a few neighbors. Lunar eclipse is just starting, wish I had that better camera lens now.”
From “Winter Solstice Day, 2011,” two moose working things out in Palmer, Alaska.
Slid sideways through an icy intersection just in time to see a helicopter lift off from the ground with a sunlit mountain range as its backdrop ... pretty awesome.
(A Facebook post from December 19, 2010, when I lived in Alaska.)
A Facebook post from when I lived in Alaska in 2010.