At any rate, it was a lovely end to summer and closing of the campground.
I made a quick trip back east to visit my 85 year old Mom, see my family and some friends and work for a few days on a sitcom called, "Are We There Yet?" Nice people, cute show. While I love the beauty of the countryside back east, it is far too crowded for my taste and I was glad to return to Alaska.
Autumn was in full swing when I got back. The shades of yellow are just lovely in the fading sunshine. I've been running my four dog team and they are doing great! Temperatures drop into the 20's at night and rise into the 40's during the day. It's a great time of year.
The Willow Dog Mushers, of which I am currently President, held their 4th K9 Athlete Symposium. It was a huge success and a lot of fun. So much to see and do. Here's a blog with photos of the day:K9 Athlete Symposium
A day trip yesterday with fellow Parks employees was the perfect way to end September. We drove north on the Parks Highway to the Veteran's Memorial. Stopping at the Princess Lodge first for a photo op with the Mountain made me realize how much I love it up here. We decided to continue north to Cantwell where we had lunch at the lodge there. A little known place as it is back off the highway. Food was very good. We were surprised to see snow along the road way. It must have fallen overnight. Termination dust was evident everywhere. Broad Pass was it's usual spectacular self. It was a day of laughs and friendship and just being.
Today was a clean up the yard day with help from a friends' son. He's a good kid and a good worker. After I took him home, I stopped for one last fall photo from Hatcher Pass Rd.
Enough talk, pictures tell a better story. Enjoy!
|Sky reflected in the Deshka River--glorious day for fishing!|
|The limit of coho salmon for us!|
|At home, the flowers are in full bloom.|
|Side of my house with full flower boxes. |
That's Fritter laying at the bottom of the stairs
|Close up of sweet peas.|
|Fireweed in the back yard dog lot.|
|Meanwhile, back at the campground folks are fishing for Silver Salmon.|
|A little Ermine visited me at the fee booth.|
|Spent opening day at the State Fair--did I say I love State|
Fairs? Stepped in the petting zoo with the Alpaca. CUTE!!
|I also love goats. Had one as a kid. Her name was Maude.|
|And this was a sweet llama.|
|The end of August I celebrated by 62nd birthday!|
|This is why I love working at Willow Creek. My view from|
the fee booth.
|Fall started early this year I thought. The fireweed topped out early too.|
|A place to just be.|
|A grey jay visits.|
|Clouds roll over the Talkeetna Mountains.|
|A fun thing at home. The dog lot was fenced. My huskies|
were insanely happy to have more room to run!
|Chena likes the new area.|
|Fritter and Nahanni check out the fence line.|
|Back at the Willow Creek, The Alaska Range glows in the distance.|
|Autumn has started along the Susitna River.|
|A quick trip back east and a wonderful visit with family and friends.|
|Rainbow over the fields.|
|I took my Mom for a drive through the Gettysburg Battlefield when|
we happened upon a cavalry performance.
|Heading home to Alaska we flew over the Susquehanna River.|
Still very high from all the flooding. That's Three Mile Island to the left.
|My house in Autumn.|
|Time to run dogs--photo by my friend Sarah.|
|My view of the team.|
|View from the Parks Hwy on the way to Wasilla.|
|Termination dust on Pioneer Peak.|
|Willow Lake--above and below|
|Storm over the Talkeetnas.|
|Denali from the Princess Lodge pull off.|
|The full Alaska Range.|
|Denali from the Veteran's Memorial. It was almost clouded over.|
|High bush cranberries I believe.|
|Falling leaves over Byers Lake.|
|Broad Pass--next few photos. I love this area. I usually take a lunch|
and stop at one of the pull outs to eat and enjoy the scenery.
|Termination dust on the Alaska Range.|
|One of the hallways on the bottom floor. It curves.|
|Looking up, you can see the next two floors. Someone|
with money and vision could make this such a unique place.
|The center ceiling. Look at the wood!|
|The final shot of fall. Taken on Willow Fishhook Rd, aka Hatcher Pass Rd.|
Looking over the Matanuska Susitna Valley. Winter is on the way!