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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.

New Year’s Eve in Anchorage, Alaska

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.

Temporal Dominoes, by Marian Call

If you’re interested, you can listen to one of my favorite songs, Temporal Dominoes, by Marian Call, at this bandcamp.com link. I first heard of Ms. Call when I lived in Alaska, and she performed at Vagabond Blues in Palmer, Alaska. This song and another one she created called Anchorage are two of my favorite songs that I first heard in 2014. (Temporal Dominoes is very upbeat, Anchorage is more mellow, but I like them both.)

Things to do in Anchorage, Alaska on New Year’s Eve

ADN.com has this nice list of things to do in Anchorage, Alaska on New Year’s Eve.

Back on December 31, 2010, I was trying to make my way to Seward, Alaska, but had a problem with icy roads, and couldn’t find chains to fit my tires, so after a few hours I finally gave up on the trek and stopped in a hotel in Anchorage. They started the fireworks at 5 or 6pm (because of the whole darkness thing), and various shows went on all night, which was pretty cool. Happy New Year’s Eve!

Moose enjoying a pumpkin, Anchorage, Alaska alvin October 29, 2015 - 9:56am

A “fake oil painting” I made of a moose enjoying a pumpkin on someone’s porch in Anchorage, Alaska. See the original photo, and several more, at this Halloween in Anchorage slideshow on adn.com.

(I cropped the image, bumped up the colors, and created the “oil painting” effect in Gimp. I added the feathered border with a Mac app named EasyFrame.)

Black bears in Government Hill spared

A few days ago the plan was to euthanize the black bears roaming around the Government Hill neighborhood in Anchorage, Alaska, but Governor Bill Walker called the Fish & Game Department to see if something else could be done, and now the bears are going to be relocated to an area about 60 miles southeast to an area known as Portage Valley. The full story is here at adn.com.