Wednesday, June 28, 2006

A bear-y good day

I've had company from the Lower 48 and we were lucky enough to see bears at play on Monday. This one was scratching where it itched.

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Iditarod Picnic

Lance Mackey signs up first for Iditarod 2007

Jon Little, right, chats with Lance

Perry Solmonson signs up

Jeff King signing up to defend his Iditarod Championship

Kathy Chapoton-Buser taking photos of....

...hubby Martin signing up.

Mitch Seavey chats with Lance Mackey

Martin Buser, left, and Jeff King, had a good thing going with a campfire as they greeted fans and signed autographs

Iditarod Picnic, Part 2

Eric Rogers and DeeDee Jonrowe at the sign-up table.

Ed Iten

Ed Stielstra waits to sign up.

Kathy Chapoton-Buser chats with, left, Cim Smyth, Doug Swingley and Jessie Royer.

Cim and Ramey Smyth

Aliy Zirkle flashes a smile

I call this my "3 J's" picture: Jessie Royer, Jason Barron, and Jeff King waiting for things to begin in earnest.

Thursday, June 22, 2006


Denali, "The Great One," as seen from Parks Highway in Willow yesterday. Cars were stopped all along the highway, so we had lots of company snapping away. Pretty awesome sight, huh?

Monday, June 12, 2006

Flower Power

After spending weeks calling this "The Pretty Mystery Flower" last year, it seems almost wrong to identify it here as a Trollis, but that's the official name. I think it'll always be that pretty yellow flower to me. This one is growing in the yard, the first flowers to bloom so far, both last year and this year.... well, if you don't count dandelions.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Moose Encounters

You just never know what you'll see as you're driving down the roads in Alaska. This one, its photo taken thru the dirty windshield, was browsing along the roadside about five minutes from my house. It's shedding big time, I'd say!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Alaska on Maps

“Alaska was originally a large place located way the hell up past Canada, but this proved to be highly inconvenient for mapmakers, who in 1873 voted to make it smaller and put it in a little box next to Hawaii right off the coast of California, which is where it is today.”

Dave Barry

Think about it....

“Not everything that can be counted counts; and not everything that counts can be counted.”

Albert Einstein

Photo: Kenai Lake, June '05

Thursday, June 01, 2006


Plettner Puppies....

Look at those faces! How anyone could ever be in a bad mood around puppies is beyond me. Got to cuddle these (and more) at Iditarod musher Lynda Plettner's kennel this morning. What a great start to "my" month!

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