Another very good morning to all. Hot of the presses, Loch Ness Monster rumored to be in Trail Lake...Yeti visiting Big Foot in Moose Pass Mountains....Okay, okay. A bit far fetched, but I was thinking of such weird things as I reviewed this morning's headlines from around the world. A lot of bizarre happenings and sadly, some of it so very true.
Greetings: Woke up to a very windy morning here in Moose Pass, shaking the windows and bending the trees, but it left the skies clear of rain clouds. Had a couple days of light rains, which meant our 5 ankle biters were coming in from outside resembling wet sponges and our four would promptly jump on our bed before we could get them dried off. Owning critters can sometimes be a real test of one's ability to control one's temper. But, they don't know any better. Can't quite say the same thing for adults though.
Daylight is just now starting to make itself known as I can now see the snow covered mountains, it is 5 a.m.. With the highway outside quiet for now, I've taken to thinking our little hamlet here should be renamed Moose Passville, as it often reminds me of the TV "Hooterville" from the series "Petticoat Junction", a well liked sitcom of the 70s. It was loosely connected to the sitcom, "Beverly Hillbillies".
Greetings to all. Another beautiful morning here in Moose Pass, Alaska, though we might have to change the name of the place if the moose don't start making a show. The military has been buzzing about this morning, using our valleys to practice their low flying maneuvers and possibly visiting their so-called secret base on our glaciers well concealed back in one of the many passes the Alp-like Chugach Mountains provide.
A good morning to all from Moose Pass, Alaska. Clear skies, 50 degrees and no snow at our elevation. Though it has been said that our mountains received over 4 feet of snow during last week's snowfall.
Snowy River, which comes out of a series of massive glaciers to our south and feeds the famous Kenai Lake is at an extreme low. We haven't seen the river this low in the last 18 years, leaving mud flats between some of the bodies of water.
It's beginning to feel like spring now, with all the previous snow melted away at our elevation and the sun shining so brightly by 6 a.m. We're gaining about 7 minutes of sunlight per day as we approach summer solstice on June 21st. Gardens will soon begin sprouting and the grass growing, which means I still need to get a lawnmower. we've gone through a lot of lawnmowers over the years.
YES! After a week of light and heavy snow, I woke up this morning to bright sunshine, clear skies and quite a beautiful day. Mountains remain covered in deep snow and it will probably be July before their snow has disappeared. For the taller Alps-like mountain tops the snow will remain and this makes for quite a scenic backdrop for photographers. Not sure if I said anything in the last journal, but our wayward cat-Titania, has returned.
Well, it happened again, another 8 inches of wet heavy snow, followed by two days of light flurries. Now it's all gone, melted and we wonder if our winter is truly over... or not. Alaska, a strange and wonderful land, I truly love it. As most of you know from reading my journals. I can still remember fighting tooth and nail to get out of my orders to come here and I'm sure glad that didn't happen.
Woke-up yesterday morning to an inch of new snow on the ground. It was 40 degrees when we went to bed and then a storm moved in, but all melted by today. This morning a fog bank has closed in on our part of Moose Pass, normal for this time of year as we live so close to the lake. Hope to see the sun by noon. This from your friendly Moose Pass weather forecaster.
"Oh, what a beautiful morning...Oh, what a beautiful day..." Opening lines for the well-known song from the play, or movie, "Oklahoma". But, I just had to say it as this morning is just glowing with radiance. Each morning I think the Lord for bringing me to Alaska, when I was trying so hard to remain on the Mojave Desert in California. I'd gotten out of overseas orders to Guam and Japan, but I just wouldn't be released from my orders to Alaska. Someone in the Air Force decided 4.5 yrs at Edwards was enough and sent me north. God bless them. Within two weeks of arriving, and this was February, I had fallen in love with our 49th state and now working on my 42nd year in this beautiful and wild land.
Yes, it is actually trying to snow today, mixed with rain that began yesterday. Rather unusual for April, but up here we've even seen snow in June and have had above freezing temperatures in January. This all makes life interesting and a reminder to always keep survival gear in your car for long trips. You just never know what might be up ahead and one can drive for miles without ever seeing any habitation, a service station or sometimes another motorist. That old scout motto, "Be prepared" really works up here. But, it is the Alaskan wilderness that draws many of us up here, or keeps us here. We love the freedom Alaska offers and of course, no state income or sales taxes- not yet anyway.
A cool windy day here in Moose Pass, with a bit of rain last night. Now if it would only blow hard enough to drive all my leaves out of my yard and into the empty lots nearby. Just got through wandering about the property for my daily exercise, figuring out what to do with what to get rid of and what to keep. A favorite past time of mine.
Woke up with the sun for another glorious April morning here in Moose Pass, with a bit of a haze and a few clouds off to the north, over Anchorage and Whittier. Hope to get a bit of raking done today, now that the snow has vanished and last fall's leaves have been left. We usually pile them up and use them for compost, the hard part is keeping our ankle biter brigade of small dogs out of the compost. They go in search of our kitchen scraps we add to the pile and I will probably have to put up some sort of fence this summer.
Greetings. This has been a wonderful week, with cloudless skies and mild temperatures, and a car to drive. The mountains are as beautiful as ever, covered in white, backed by such blue skies, it almost makes one forget the winter we have had. April and May are often our best months, before the rainy season hits and the mosquitoes rise up to conquer the land. What has been strange is the lack of moose and bear, for I haven't seen one of either since last fall. Now the bear, they're prone to stay up on the mountainsides, where they dig out their little varmints for food and come down when the fish start running. But the lack of moose has me wondering if they'd all been picked up by aliens?
Good morning to all of you on this beautiful spring day. We are under cloudless skies and spring temperatures reaching to the low 50's, with snow disappearing at a rapid rate. Most of the yard is now green, but a bit mushy still. Yes, it appears we're going to be having another great Spring as April now approaches.
Good Morning-good morning! Spring is at hand, as most of our driveway is now dirt and no longer covered in ice. Yesterday was a beautiful day for our valley with clear blue skies and our local temperatures reaching 40 degrees. Nice to be in Alaska on such days and have the freedoms our country offers us. The house is quiet, all the animals are asleep and the floor heater at my feet is working. Having frostbit them several times the warmth feels good.
SNOW! For 3-days we've been hit pretty hard by an early spring snowstorm, dumping about 3 FEET on our place. We suffered a 19-hour power outage, but thankfully it wasn't sub-zero temperatures outside.
Another 3 a.m. morning. Still getting used to 3-4 hours of sleep and waking up alert. I often move into my office so I won't wake up my dear wife, but I've noticed she too gets up at night a couple times. Seems that as we enter into our senior years sleep just isn't as important as we once thought it was.
An early good afternoon to all of you and I hope you are having a great day. We've had snow off and on for a couple days, but not much in the way of accumulation. When we drove to Seward, which is on the coast and 28.5 miles from the house, it was raining. March is like that up here.
A very good morning to all: Yesterday, we were stunned to see the midday temperature rise above 40 degrees and it was indeed a very pleasant day to be sure. We were expecting a week of snow, but that must've gone elsewhere and we are seeing all the signs of an early spring. Now that I've said that, we'll probably get 4 feet of snow and sub-zero temps. But, even at 40 degrees we're still having to burn wood throughout the day and most of the night.
Yes, it is the first of March and winter is still with us as this mornings temps again dipped to zero degrees, but these temperatures will rise as the sunlight makes an appearance. By the looks of things it is going to be another beautiful day and early Spring is often like that....not much snow and the early summer rains have not begun. I must say that we've had a few summers where it seemed like non-stop rains and I felt like I was back in Southeast Asia during the monsoon season.
Woke up to another clear, but cold day here in Moose Pass. If I was a photographer, I would be out taking shots of the nearby mountain peaks. For those of you outside Alaska, it is sort of like being surrounded by Disneyland's Matterhorn. Temperatures staying in the zero to plus ten range still, but in another month we will be seeing mostly above freezing temps as the first of April often brings us a beautiful burst of the arriving Spring.
Good Morning to All: Seems that it's another early morning for the old man. Three hours of sleep and I'm wide awake and I'm finding I do some of my best writing on these early mornings and then enjoy a a nice nap.
Yesterday was a really beautiful day, with the temperature reaching 34 degrees, the skies so blue it made the snowy peaks just glow with radiance...and no wind. With a need for fresh air I set on the porch for a bit, then realized 34 degrees was still a bit chilly and came back inside.
The Blizzard that hit early yesterday morning hot so fast and so hard I thought we were sure to lose a window or two. I woke up to what I thought was a large tractor-trailer rig coming down the highway and then the first heavy gust struck the house. This was a bit unusual for us, but here in Moose Pass we get winds from three mountain passes; two from the north and one from the south.
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