Not Your Typical January

Chugach Mountain Range - January 28, 2014

Chugach Mountain Range – January 28, 2014

It is still January, right?? I just wanted to check, because it sure does not feel like a typical January here in Alaska. Our high temperatures have been in the 40’s for quite a while now, and much of the snow that we had has been melting. Green grass can even be seen in several spots throughout town.

The weather forecasters are saying that our 40 degree weather is coming to an end, and the high temperature should drop back down to the 30’s and maybe even the 20’s. However, there doesn’t appear to be any snowfall predicted in the near future. This is quite a change from our typical January weather.

I took a picture of the Chugach Mountain Range (above) on January 28, 2014. As you can see, there is not a lot of snow covering the mountains.

In contrast, I took a picture of the same mountain range (below) on January 26, 2013. Now this is what we are used to seeing this time of year, completely snow-covered mountains.

Chugach Mountain Range - January 26, 2013

Chugach Mountain Range – January 26, 2013

Now don’t get me wrong, I am in no way complaining about the warm weather we’ve been having. In fact, it feels really good to be able to leave a window cracked open and let a breeze in without freezing to death. I just think it rather strange that while we are having a mild Winter, the East Coast of the United States seems to be getting pummeled with snow.

Well, maybe next year things will get back to normal. Although, I sure wouldn’t mind having another mild Winter like this one. What do you say East Coast, would you like to have another cold and snowy Winter next year? Just kidding – or am I? :)

I’ll leave you today with a picture of green grass and melting snow.

~Enjoy~
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Green grass and melting snow

Green grass and melting snow

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Although the calendar shows that it is still Autumn, this is the scene I awoke to this morning. It started snowing yesterday afternoon, and by the time it stopped this morning, there was approximately 6 inches of accumulation. I guess Autumn finally decided that it had stuck around long enough this year.

Happy Veterans Day! Thank you to all that serve, and have served our country!

~Enjoy~
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Snow Covered Mountains in the Late Evening Sun

Fresh Snow on the Mountains

Fresh Snow on the Mountains

The sun finally came out last night and melted the little bit of snow that had fallen here yesterday. It’s supposed to warm up a bit and rain for the next few days, which seems to me to be much more fitting weather for the Autumn season.

As the clouds parted from in front of the mountains last night, I was treated to a beautiful view of the late evening sun lighting up the freshly fallen snow. Despite the fact that I feel it’s too early for snow to be falling, I think the mountains do look rather pretty all dressed in white.

~Enjoy~
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Snow-Kissed Mountains

Snow-Kissed Mountains

Snow-Kissed Mountains

It feels like we went from late Summer straight to Winter practically overnight, and Autumn doesn’t even officially begin until tomorrow. The temperatures have taken a nose-dive, and snow has made its first appearance on the mountain tops. Daily high temperatures are only in the 40’s, and nighttime temperatures are in the low 30’s.

Numerous flocks of geese can be seen flying high overhead, as they make their way south to warmer temperatures, and the smaller birds are crowding the feeders as they too prepare for the Winter ahead.

I know it won’t be too long before the snow on the mountains makes its way down to the lower elevations, but after the long Winter we had last year, I sure wish it would hold off just a little while longer – say, until late December/early January. :)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

~Enjoy~
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South Fork Eagle River Trail

South Fork Eagle River Trailhead

South Fork Eagle River Trailhead

Even though we had a pretty gloomy 4th of July holiday weekend last week, It was still decent enough to venture out into the wilderness for a nice long hike.

The South Fork Trail in Eagle River is a fairly easy, and relatively level, trail that winds through some very beautiful alpine and mountain scenery. Wildflowers were everywhere the eye could see, and the teal color and gently flowing waters of the south fork of Eagle River was so lovely.

There were many other hikers on the trail that day, so I wasn’t really worried about running into a bear – although I did find myself scanning the area frequently, so as not to have any surprise encounters. I did see quite a few moose though, including a mamma moose with a calf. The photo I took of them, seen below, was taken from a long distance away. You’ll find yourself in big trouble if you get between a mamma moose and her calf, so I always treat them with respect and give them a wide berth, when at all possible.

Sorry some of the photos are a little dark, but as I mentioned, it was a pretty gloomy day. As is typical on many of my hikes though, the sun started to emerge just as I was returning to the trailhead. (Note: you can click on any picture to view a larger version)

~Enjoy~
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Playing Tourist – Part 2

Anchorage Weekend Market

Anchorage Weekend Market

Welcome to Part 2 of Playing Tourist, where we’ll take a trip through the Weekend Market, and explore a few of the sights of downtown Anchorage.

~Enjoy~
AK Mom

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Alaska Fur Products

Alaska Fur Products

Tundra - The Comic Strip

Tundra – The Comic Strip

Alaska Crafts

Alaska Crafts

Pretty Vests and Jackets for sale

Pretty Vests and Jackets for sale

Alaskan Gallery

Alaska Gallery

Alaska Native Masks and assorted artwork

Alaska Native Masks and assorted artwork

Such beautiful craftsmanship!

Such beautiful craftsmanship!

Alaska Girls Clothing

Alaska Girls Clothing

Salmon Quesadillas - Yum!

Salmon Quesadillas – Yum!

After soaking in all the wonderful sights at the market, we’ll now take a stroll through a small part of downtown Anchorage…

Just a short distance from the market, we are greeted by these incredibly cute bears in their “Bear Air” airplane.

Bear Air

Bear Air

Here’s another wonderful way to see Anchorage – by trolley!

Anchorage Trolley Tours

Anchorage Trolley Tours

I’ve never been in here, but I wonder if this is one of those places where everybody knows your name?? :)

Welcome to Alaska!

Welcome to Alaska!

This is one of my favorite building murals in downtown Anchorage.

Building Wall Mural

Building Wall Mural

The Delaney Park Strip is a popular downtown spot where people get together for a variety of community events, sports and festivals. It is also host to the Veteran’s Memorial. On this day, a gentleman was sitting on a park bench flying this big, beautiful kite. It flew high and proud over the Veteran’s Memorial.

Veterans’ Memorial on the Delaney Park Strip

Veterans’ Memorial on the Delaney Park Strip

It certainly was a good day to fly a kite

It certainly was a good day to fly a kite

That’s all for now. Thank you so much for joining me on the tour!! We’ll have to do this again sometime.

Playing Tourist – Part 1

Tour buses

What a difference a week makes. Last weekend it snowed, but this weekend is turning out to be absolutely gorgeous. The sky is blue, the sun is shining, and the temperature is hovering close to 70 degrees.

I decided to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather yesterday, by heading to downtown Anchorage and taking a walk along the coastal trail and through the weekend market. With camera in hand, I decided I would play tourist and take a bunch of photos to share with you. (Note: you can click on any picture to view a larger version)

~Enjoy~
AK Mom

Westchester Lagoon

Westchester Lagoon

We begin our walking tour at Westchester Lagoon, which is a popular bird watching spot located on the Tony Knowles Coastal trail.

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Geese and Seagulls enjoying Westchester Lagoon.

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We leave Westchester Lagoon and head north on the coastal trail, heading to downtown Anchorage.

As we approach Knik Arm, we are treated to a spectacular view of Mount Susitna.

Mt. Susitna

Mt. Susitna (or Sleeping Lady Mountain as it is commonly known)

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Railroad tracks run along a portion of the coastal trail, but sadly, no trains were going by on this day.

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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

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Many of the trees along the trail still look rather brown, but if you look very closely, you can find some green leaves just beginning to emerge.

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After walking a little over 1 1/2 miles, we begin to approach downtown Anchorage.

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A Toast… To the Pioneer Women!

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There’s the Weekend Market, up on that hill.

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Entering the Downtown Anchorage Weekend Market.

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for Playing Tourist – Part 2, where we’ll take a trip through the market, and explore a few of the sights of downtown Anchorage.

Have a wonderful day!

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