alaska

Sled dog painting in Healy, Alaska alvin June 8, 2017 - 3:22pm

I can’t remember the name of the motel where I saw this, but this is a photo of a painting of sled dogs that I came across in Healy, Alaska, just north of Denali. (I remember the motel because I used to work with a nice guy named Carson, and a guy that could have easily passed as his twin brother worked there.)

Let the Sun shine (Anchorage, Alaska) alvin June 7, 2017 - 10:04am

Back in 2011, I lived in Palmer, Alaska. I drove about an hour down to Anchorage to visit a friend, then drove back to Palmer just after 1:30am. During the drive back I didn’t need my headlights on to see, but I kept them on so other cars could see me more easily. It was like driving during a very long “dawn” or “dusk” period.

I've seen a lot of my friends lose their passion and end up in a rut

“I’ve seen a lot of my friends lose their passion and end up in a rut, afraid to take a chance. ‘Night Moves’ is about romantic passion, but ‘Ship of Fools’ is about passion for life. Maybe a guy’s working a job he doesn’t like, and he sees an ad about the Alaska pipeline or something that excites him. But there are problems. His family says it’s too cold in Alaska or whatever. So he passes it up and just keeps on with something he hates.”

~ From Bob Seger, about his song, Ship of Fools

A wee bit of cause and effect

A wee bit of cause and effect:

I may never have lived in Alaska
if I didn't first go there on vacation.

I may have never gone to Alaska on vacation
if Colorado wasn't on fire in 2002.

I may not have thought to go to Alaska in 2002
if I hadn't discovered Northern Exposure ~1996.

I may never have discovered Northern Exposure
if I didn't quit a job I didn't like in 1995.

I may never have discovered Northern Exposure if a tv channel
that doesn't exist today hadn't aired it back then.

This keeps going back in time until I was born (or before then),
but that's the basic idea.

A farmer plowing a field alvin May 20, 2017 - 9:32am

A farmer plowing a field in Palmer, Alaska on May 20, 2015.

At 10:30 pm.

Huge fire in Alaska (June, 2007) alvin May 15, 2017 - 12:21pm

Ten years ago I moved to Talkeetna, Alaska, and just a few days after I moved into my cabin, a huge fire that was larger than the city of Louisville, Kentucky started to the west of Talkeetna. I took this photo at the top of the hill that overlooks the area.

Meanwhile, in Alaska ... alvin May 15, 2017 - 12:16pm

Meanwhile, in Alaska ... a moose at a McDonald’s. (Image from this pinterest page.)

Another view of the bike path in Palmer, Alaska alvin May 10, 2017 - 9:15am

This is a photo from May 10, 2011. The long bike-riding path in Palmer, Alaska was  one of my favorite things about living there. As you can see, it’s a nice, big path, separated from the road.

First attempt at using a sled in Alaska alvin May 8, 2017 - 9:20am

I don’t remember the original source of this photo, but it shows an early attempt at using a sled to get around in Alaska. It worked well until that one day ...