Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bear cub!

This bear cub charmed his way into a permanent home at the Portage wildlife center

(Adorable photos by Doug Lindstrand of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center)
(There are more in the article.)
(OH MY GOD he is so cute.)

"It was saved by its personality; it's such a nice bear." Awwwww!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Interesting dam video!

In 1967, Fairbanks suffered a catastrophic flood. In response, the Army Corps of Engineers built a really dam nice system and spillway to divert excess water from the Chena River when it's high. I have driven by this dam and spillway many times, but never knew quite exactly now it was laid out. There are some dam nice aerial views in this video:

And that's a dam cool contraption that guy is flying in!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Summer turns to fall

I forget that during this time of year, it can be warm during the daytime, and cool down at night. :)

The first few leaves are starting to be touched with yellow, and in the mornings I wear a sweater, which I take off by midday. In the height of summer and winter, the temperature is the same both day and night.

After about eight years, my camera has quit working, so there will be no photos for a while. In the meantime, please enjoy this photo of Booger getting her ear scratched:

I will spend the next week or so thinking of ways to entertain y'all with WORDS!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Notes from visits with Starbuck's elderly friends

Starbuckeroo and I are making our rounds through the elderly care facilities that we visit. Quite a few elderly folks have difficulties communicating, and we have to judge cautiously whether they would like a visit from Starbuck or not. A lot LOVE dogs and are sad to see her walk by without a visit. A few HATE dogs, and we need to steer clear. So I try to judge from faces.

I am delighted to round a corner and hear a voice come up the hall, "Hello BAYBEE PUPPY!!! Come here BABYBEE moo-moo-boo-boo and give me a kissy!" Starbuck complies. Her lack of general dignity serves her well in this circumstance. The lady maneuvers her wheelchair so she can bend over and put her nose against Starbuck's. Starbuck politely kisses her face. "Awwwwwwww it's a bay-bee puppee moo-moo-boo-boo-kissy-kissy puppeeeeeeeee!" And I had been concerned that Starbuck's wolf-like appearance would make her job more difficult! It turns out that her desperate need to dispense love is evident to strangers, even at a glance.

There is LOVE in them paws.

This lady and I fall to chatting as she hold's Starbuck's head in her lap.

"Where are you from?" she says. I know what she is asking, but I make people dig a bit.

San Francisco

"Oh!" Pause. "Your eyes look different from most people's! Like this!" and she proceeds to pull back her eyes a bit, that way that my second grade classmates used to do, mocking, "Chinese eyes!" But she's not mocking; she's making a straightforward observation.

I'm Chinese.

"Oh!" Another pause. "But I can understand you perfectly!"

Well... I guess you are fluent in Chinese!

"Oh! Maybe I am!" A longer pause. Then, gently, "Can you see okay out of those eyes?"

Yes! I've had them all my life!



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

Dachshund Dash!

DL and I attended a Dachshund race at the Fair this year. Yes, we did. I have nothing to add to these spectacular photos:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

'Tis blueberry season again!

It's so nice the way the weather almost always turns particularly lovely around blueberry season... a heat wave will cool; smoke will clear; a rainy, wet spell will dry up; dark clouds will whisk away. Autumn is not up for long hikes any more, and Linden also gets tired easily, so we limit her to two long walks per week. Starbuck is a good berry picking buddy because she is very alert and attentive and would alert to a bear.

It was so clear, we could see Denali on the drive up to the top of Murphy Dome!

The little installation on top now has a wind turbine and a solar panel!

Denali from the trail:

Starbuckeroo sez, "Why are you stopping again!"

Wow so many berries in our favorite patch!

Berries with a view!

Starbuck sez, "Roo?"

She keeps a watchful eye:

She looks so sooooffffttt lying in the tundra that I need to go squeeze her:


*GASP* A WOLF in the berry patch!

Now this is a nice sammich!