Snow Fall, Fur Rondy, Iditarod – Oh My!

For those of you in the lower 48 watching your early spring flowers begin to peek out from the ground, let me explain March in Alaska to you. At this point we have been shoveling since just around Halloween. We frankly go a bit stir crazy, and with the...

Happy New Year! Happy Birthday!

Time flies. Another holiday season is packed away. The new year awaits us all like a clean slate. And here in Alaska, we can already see the hint of the return of sunlight. Mind you, the days are still short – and it is definitely cold – but...

Happy Holidays!!!

We have had our first significant snowfall (though it did melt and blow away), the carved pumpkins have softened, and every morning seems a bit cooler. It must be the holiday season. As I write this Thanksgiving is a mere 3 weeks away. Followed more quickly...

BOO!

And just like that October is upon us. The year is flying by. October marks the official weather shift to winter here in Alaska. Hunting trips have been extended due to storms limiting return access. Snow is covering several mountain tops. Frost greets...

COOL NIGHT OUT!

Summer is fading and the days are shorter. There is a distinct chill in the air every morning and each night when I am out with the dogs. School is back in session, and fishing trip plans are giving way to hunting trip plans here in Alaska. Here at Mat-Su...

Happy Anniversary, Happy Birthday, Happy Fourth of July

The summer is flying by here in Southcentral Alaska. The fireweed is higher than usual for this time of year, and some plants are in full bloom. For my friends in the lower 48, this is either amazingly good news that the summer came early and has been...

Summer Time

June is the peak of summer here in Alaska. The days are long. The official daylight hours are listed at over 20 hours, but even the dark is barely dusk. It will go on like this, and then the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice arrives on June...

Down Town and Going Green

I was in the grocery the other day and it occurred to me that we are in a down town. Not an urban center, mind you, just a place where down is always appropriate attire. It was a particularly windy day, and for the Palmer area that’s really saying something....

Alaska Spring

Iditarod is over. (Congratulations to all the mushers.) We have sprung forward for daylight savings time. The snow still sits on the mountains, but has melted in most of the valley. Tour buses have been spotted on the Parks Highway. It must be Spring....

Kybella is Here!

Spring seems to be around the corner for us. Winter never really took hold, and that was a disappointment. We Alaskans love our snow. For those of you who have visited our state in the summer (and you are always welcome) you would not believe how beautiful...