Blogs from Gustavus, Alaska, United States, North America


North America » United States » Alaska » Gustavus January 20th 2010

Freezing Fog? Ouch. Bottom line is the planes didn't take off or land. Little planes as well as the jets in Juneau. So day one of this Mexico vacation starts and ends, at home in Alaska. Which is OK, although I missed dinner with a friend. I was going over to Juneau a day early, just in case there were weather issues - a common strategy here this time of year. The jet south is tomorrow afternoon, maybe. What will it be in the morning... more freezing fog? On my way to the airport this morning I was struck by the clear roads and partially clear woods. In the last two weeks we've had torrents of rain, driving rain, followed by mountains of snow and now back to rain again. There are parts of town close ... read more
Crystals in the Crane Flats
The outhouse in all its glory
A pine with snow

North America » United States » Alaska » Gustavus March 1st 2009

This morning I put on my dry suit to go skiing. My kayak buddy wrote on his Facebook status line last night that he was digging his kayak out of the snow. This morning we had to use hot water to liberate the pump, bungeed to the kayak and held fast to the frozen ground. But the ocean was flat calm. We kayaked over to Pleasant Island and skied 5 blue sky sunny hours through the open muskeg to the base of the Knob, and back. Yesterday I skied north along stream meadows and connecting woods. As I popped out from some trees into a little meadow, 7 swans took off from the meandering stream. No decent photos though, the good camera was in the backpack - skiing and my skill level are still reconciling themselves. ... read more
Dig out that kayak and go skiing!!!!
Ski to the Sea
Glacier Bay

North America » United States » Alaska » Gustavus February 15th 2009

“What is it like in Alaska?” I was watching the lighting flash across the Buenos Aires night sky as we sat on a covered terrace in Palarmo last weekend. My Argentinean friends Javier and Griselda were curious... I described a landscape so different... cold, snow, very few houses, a town were just about everyone knows each other. They made me promise to write a blog about it... this place I call home. There's the land and there's the people. Chip met me at the airport. He had been over to the house the day before and got the heat going so I came back to a nice warm house. Kim and Wayne left me their car in case mine didn't start, but we attached the battery cables and my old truck started right up. I stopped ... read more
Skiing in the near by muskeg
The final flight
Town dock with snow

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