Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Things had iced up this morning, so we had below freezing temperatures. It finally got above freezing about 10 AM and the water started dripping a bit. It snowed all day long. I think we got about 2 inches in total. It seemed about 37 degrees about 1 PM, so it did get warm compared to what we have gotten used to.
The pictures are of Mendenhall Glacier. The lake is frozen over.
Monday, March 30, 2009
We had snow all day again. It was about 36 degrees so it was warm in comparison to what we have seen. The water was not freezing! Spring is here!
These pictures are of Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall Glacier. I hiked up on top a bit a while back. Those ice layers in back are estimated to be 250 feet thick. The ice in front are easily 60 feet high. I can hear moaning and groaning and cracks when I go into the glacier.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I am tired of snow. Then I see the clouds and think that could be rain.
Here are more Mendenhall Glacier. I went in a couple of times this past week. It is getting somewhat slushy so the time is winding down for me to cross country into a Glacier. Sure been great while possible though.
Rep Mike Doogan is a scumbag. What he did to The Mudflats and AKMuckracker was uncalled for. I think he lost a lot of votes. By the way, I have decided I will not be back in Juneau next year.
Mike Doogan, D-Representative, outed AKM Muckracker from The Mudflats blog. I have read The Mudflats daily since I have been in Juneau. The Mudflats has given me the perspective which I needed to make sense of Alaska. I think Mike Doogan was wrong in his anger towards The Mudflats. His going after a blogger to intimidate is totally wrong. I hope he has the courage to apologize, at the very least. His inept attempts to justify what he did cannot be excused.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
I went to a lecture about the Exxon-Valdez and how it affected and continues to affect salmon, otters, Orcas and other animals. While waiting, two wolves were pointed out to me. I saw them through a telescope in the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. One was Romeo. They were right by where I ski all the time. I thought they would howl to let me know they are around. Guess not.
We got 3 inches of snow today. I went snowboarding and got pelted with snow/ice and the winds were about 20 MPH. I just made a couple of runs and then went cross country skiing into Mendenhall Glacier.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
38 degrees, winds blowing 40 MPH, rain/snow mix coming at me sideways - that is Juneau weather today. So, I see 5 people in shorts and T-shirts walking through town trying to make it look like spring. We got 2 inches of snow.
I was out at Mendenhall Glacier yesterday and noticed someone put a peace sign in the snow.
Mt Redoubt is erupting. 9 miles from Redoubt are 9 Million gallons of crude in tanks on the Drift River. Redoubt is causing mud flows. The mudflows are going into the River. 9 MILLION GALLONS OF CRUDE OIL are now surrounded by Mud. If the oil should get to the tanks, it would be a worse environmental disaster than the Exxon-Valdez. All personnel have been taken out of the tanker farm for safety. There was another big mud flow today on the Drift River. They have no cameras or remote monitoring
equipment at the tanks.
I cross country skiied out to the ice cave again. Here it is March 25 and the Lake refroze so I could get out there again, so I went. I am thinking, the most unique thing about Juneau is being able to get out to a Glacier - pretty amazing really. I will only be able to do this a few more days or weeks at most. I am also finding new ice caves the more I poke my head into the ice.
My internet was down yesterday. Yesterday, I became the home owner of a house in Nevada too.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Mt. Redoubt erupted last night about 4 times. It sent ash up in the air 50,000 feet. The blasts started about 10:30 PM and followed every few hours. The biggest bang happened about 4:30 in the morning. I would like to see pictures.
The picture I put up are mountains outside of Anchorage, probably not Redoubt. I was just shooting pictures.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Spring Break for me! I went snowboarding and cross country skiing into Mendenhall Glacier. FULL SUN ALL DAY!!!!!! AMAZING!!! I was thinking of what to do during vacation and options were: Take a ferry to another island or go to Canada. Rent a cabin from the Forest Service or hang around the mountain. Hanging around the mountain was cheapest so that is what I will do. I am buying a house in Nevada and my daughter is getting married in Vegas 4/10 and I have to be there. I had better save some money. I will also be ferrying this June to go south.
What a beautiful day. The blizzard last night loaded the ski resort with new snow and the snowboarding was wonderful. I went when it first opened and beat the crowd. I left by 11:30 and cross countried into Mendenhall glacier - SPECTACULAR! I think there is only a few more days of Mendenhall though, the water is rising and the snow is melting from the sun. My cross country into Mendenhall days may be ending very soon.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
We got 2 inches yesterday and 2 - 4 more are expected for tonight and tomorrow. We have had a constant cloud so snow is better than rain.
We have big hills in the downtown Juneau area. Yesterday, a teacher who lives on a hill said she slid 20 feet down a hill on ice. A truck slid down a hill and hit a car at the bottom. The day temps are just enough to warm the snow and cause a little melt and water glaze. It freezes at night and cause ice which then causes vehicles to slide down the hills. It is also hard to walk in the snow/ice.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Yep, that is the forecast. It was beginning to snow this afternoon. We now have regular roads with 3 and 4 foot berms by the road. I was hoping snow was coming to an end and we just had snow at the ski resort.
the building picture is the warming hut at the top of the mountain at Eaglecrest. 2 hours after I shot this picture, the windows were just glass again.
Monday, March 16, 2009
I drove on regular pavement for the second consequtive day - Spring?
A couple more shots. I have taken about 400 pictures the past 2 weeks, so I have a lot of pictures to choose from. DOUBLE CLICK ON THE TOP PICTURE! That is a building covered with snow. See the dark spot? That is a door to the building.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Here are pictures of Eaglecrest Ski area from the top of the Ptarmigan lift. The road picture is a typical picture most of the winter. This road picture was taken Saturday.
*Update: The Strider Boat from Feb 22, is no longer. They had a big machine crunch it up and put it in a dump truck last week. Goodbye Strider, all good (and bad) things must come to an end.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
We got another foot of snow yesterday. I was talking to someone and reminded that when it stops snowing, it will be rain. So, I am going to try to not complain about snow = constant rain would be worse.
Two Eagles: Lots of snow. I was driving and saw two huge Bald Eagles just sitting on the branch of a tree overlooking the Channel. They were just sitting there and I was wondering if they were talking about when the weather would improve? I have heard Eagles communicate back and forth.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Busy Day! I had a lot to do so I took the day off - I think I needed it. I got a lot of stuff done which needed to get done. It was a snowy day all day. The snow was super soft, like feathers when you walked through it. At the end of the day, I went cross country skiing at the ski area and into the Glacier too.
I sure have a lot of work to do tomorrow though. I am not too impressed with the top photo - it is a cave shot. I will do better tomorrow.