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Just another regular week in Anchorage, Alaska. Here’s the latest news: Apparently some guy named Barack Obama won a historic presidential election, which means that we get our feisty governor back. Not very many people voted for this Barack fellow up here, they were busy trying to send 84-year old convicted felon Ted Stevens back to the Senate.

Amy has been running farther and for longer than she has been able to for a long time, often heading out in the morning darkness to get a few miles in before work. She’s been getting to know our new neighbors- a HUGE mama moose and her two younglings that have moved into the nearby woods. They hang out on and next to the bike trail down at the end of our street. Amy often returns from her runs with a faggot in her arms.

fag·ot also fag·got (fāg’ət)
n.
A bundle of twigs, sticks, or branches bound together, usually meant for use as firewood.

Dan has been meeting with some local advertising agencies, and working hard to make professional contacts around town. He also signed with Alaska Stock, a local stock photo agency that has national and international exposure. His image should begin to appear online with them soon.dan172-1

Oh, and he has also decided that he wants to learn how to fly airplanes. He had his first lesson over at Merrill Field on Tuesday and goes up again next Monday. You can read about this in more detail over at Dan’s flying blog.

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How exciting and satisfying to finally be able to do this… Now let’s keep our fingers crossed!!

Go Barack!!

Go Barack!!

I do have one question, though. What exactly is the Boston Tea Party’s platform?

 

We camped in our reclining plastic chairs on the deck of the M/V Columbia, the largest of the Alaska Marine Highway ferry boats, and enjoyed spectacular views and clear weather for two out of three days on our trip up the Inside Passage. Amy described it as a cross between camping and begin on a cruise ship. We met a few interesting folks, watched a couple of movies and heard some fascinating nature lectures by a young forest ranger who looked a lot like our friend Jonas and sounded just like our other friend Darrin. What an interesting mix, we thought, especially since Jonas and Darrin are such good friends themselves.

The entire journey took 65 hours, during which time we stopped in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburgh and Juneau, and our final destination, Haines, where Sampa, Amy and the Toyota all entered Alaska for the very first time. From there, it was a long, but very beautiful two day drive across Northern BC, Southern Yukon, and Eastern Alaska, across expanses of broad valleys full of tundra and aspen forests, all of which were in full autumn color. We saw very few pine trees in this part of Canada, and learned that millions of trees here have also been decimated by the pine beetles. Entire forests have been wiped out, and after talking with a local man about the matter, we learned that recent variations in winter temperatures have very little to do with the infestations, as we have been told are the reasons back in Colorado. Any comments on this from our forestry friends?

So here we are now, living in our friend Eric’s basement in Anchorage, Alaska, and asking ourselves the burning question:

“Now what?” 

Therein lies our adventure, since we really have no idea what will happen as we begin our life up here, although I have a pretty good feeling that there are lots of pictures to take, and a great rewarding job to be found for Amy.

We’ll keep you posted.

Quick note from Sampa:

“Although I weathered the weeklong trip like a true adventure kitty, I am VERY happy to be out of the truck.

“Meow.”