After moving back to the lower 48, I have bought an RV and have been living on the road.
By: joealaska , 7:23 AM GMT on December 20, 2012
Winter is taking charge.
Over the last few days our light snow cover has been eliminated by high winds and rain and mild temperatures. A couple nights ago it was hard rain and sleet banging my window with 67 mph winds. Dutchie was screaming to go out in it. I explained to her it was WINDY. She continued to be vocal, so I opened the window as a joke. FINE, go out, See what you get. OUT she went. I thought she would return immediately, NADA. I returned and whistled for her several times. About an hour later she scurried back. Maybe she could not hear my whistle above the roar of the wind. Or maybe she is just one crazy kitty. Can’t experience it if you don’t go out in it. I guess we are sorta on the same page.
Even the foxes stay in on that type of night.
Tonight I watched a special on a photographer spending time in the back country of Yellowstone National Park in the winter. AWESOME. You do not get the photos if you do not go. Some good FOX videos.
Meanwhile, temps have dropped a bit and last night we had more snow. I have a new drift forming about a foot and a half high where I had a 5 footer most of last winter. The current snow base is about a foot deep here and there, but lower where the wind has scoured. Have not tried to go up, but the pass is probably blocked.
This weekend I cut off all my hair again.
Have not had a good earthquake or volcano in a while, seems about due.
We are busy at work. Got a 4th freezer van, 25 % increase. Looking for more housing for employees. Hired a new office manager, she started today. She has six kids. We also have a new van sitting on a Coastal boat ready to be unloaded.
Looks like AIVIQ will be towing KULLUK outta here on Friday. They will head south, possibly via Seward. No Xmas tree for Xmas.
I had to watch INTO THE WILD again a few nights ago. I noticed a stretch of road right away that I have been on many times, a deep cut in the mountains that allows Arizona 89 to climb up from the North Rim of The Grand Canyon tpo Page, Arizona. (Right Yellafella?). Recognized it right away.
At the end of the movie I watched the filming locations for the movie. PAGE, Arizona was one. Also Grand Canyon. But I also saw Laughlin, Nevada, Bullhead City, Arizona, and Kingman, Arizona. Went through those towns on my last trip. Then I was also surprised to see WINNER, South Dakota. Slept there on my trip a year ago through the upper peninsula of Michigan from Albuquerque. The picture of the big drive-in movie theater? I guess that is where they filmed the COMBINE scenes in the wheat fields.
I felt a very vague connection to the movie. Hey, I even drove past the trail head of the Stampede Trail when I moved from Anaktuvuk Pass to Anchorage 5 years ago. I drove from Fairbanks to Anchorage on The Parks Highway in a minor blizzard, so I was unable to check out the details of that trail head as I drove past. Says something for that area where Chris McCandless took his final hike.
Hope the recent shootings makes everyone re-think guncontrol. Sounds like that may be the case. I will believe it when I see it. It is almost a week and is still the ongoing news story. Obama has quite a TO DO list. #1 Fiscal Cliff. #2 Gun Control. #3 Everything else. He can have that job. I bet his phone rings more than mine.
It is dead calm right now. Weird.
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