This photo of walking through a neighborhood in Wasilla, Alaska in the winter reminds me of a few walks I took here in Colorado in the last few days after our New Years snow.
The local parks people have created the best outdoor ice skating arena I’ve ever seen here on Wasilla Lake, night lights and all.
Phew, I’m glad to be back from the Land of the Dead. Just took some chocolates to the nurses who helped me recover. Looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend.
~ A Facebook post from November 30, 2010. I was living in Wasilla, Alaska at the time, had my gallbladder removed, then got an infection that made for ten of the worst days of my life. But the nurses were very helpful.
Three moose running across my neighbors yard, Wasilla, Alaska, November 12, 2010. I still remember being surprised at how much noise they made, it was like a rolling thunder sound and the little apartment I was in was shaking pretty good.
September 26, 2010: I went down to Seward, Alaska for a short vacation this week, and woke up to a 5.5 magnitude earthquake one morning. True story: I was in the middle of a dream when I suddenly heard the song "Rock The Boat" playing as someone grabbed my left wrist. I then woke up to hear something rattling in the hotel room, and before I could think of who I was, where I was, or what to do, the earthquake stopped.
Enjoyed Cowboys & Aliens at Wasilla’s fancy new stadium seating movie theater. How strange to walk out of a theater and into a valley of fireweed surrounded by misty mountains.
(A Facebook post from Wasilla, Alaska, August 9, 2011.)
July 28, 2010, Wasilla, Alaska: Bundled up in a semi-rainproof jacket and hat, I just returned from a walk in the cold November rain. Most neighbor's fireplaces were in full use, while one man in a jacket and shorts and smoking a cigarette was mowing his weeds with his lawnmower. Hard to believe, Denali National Park closes for the winter in just six or seven weeks.
As I wrote last week, I got tired of dealing with Drupal 6 (D6) security update issues — especially since D6 is no longer officially supported and the last unofficial D6 security update made my websites unusable — so I wrote a Play Framework (Scala) application to display my D6 database tables data.
It’s still a work in progress, but as you can see from this page on my One Man’s Alaska website, it’s coming along. As far as visitors of the website are concerned, mostly only thing the website needs is some CSS styling and maybe a search field. (I could also add support for comments and a contact page, but my D6 websites are old, and I don’t need/want those things. I probably also won’t put any effort into supporting 10-20 custom “category” URIs I used back in the day.)
As for the specific page I linked to on the One Man’s Alaska website, that’s a favorite memory of getting ready to winterize the car in October, 2010, when I lived in the Wasilla/Palmer area.
This is one of my favorite traffic signs in all of the world. You can find it if you drive north from Anchorage, Alaska towards Wasilla and Palmer. When I lived in Alaska in 2010-2011, I would take the exit to the right to go to Palmer. If you keep going straight you’ll go to Wasilla, then Willow, Talkeetna, and eventually Denali and then Fairbanks. (If you’re really gung ho, as I was, you can also drive to Prudhoe Bay, if you don’t mind 400 miles of dirt roads.)
And as you can tell from the highway numbers 1 & 3, there aren’t many main roads in Alaska. :)
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.