Deep Blue Afternoon (Part 2)

23 02 2011

I will be offering less commentary on this post, mainly because I pretty much described everything in the other one.  But the blue color that came out in some of these was too good not to put on the blog…

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I like the contrast of the blue iceberg with the gray skies…

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There’s people in this one!  That Mary McCarthy and me…

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And a Barkley spotting…

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Those are people walking out there, gives you and idea of how tall the edges are…

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Deep Blue Afternoon (Part 1)

22 02 2011

We hit up our favorite winter spot in Juneau this past Sunday for some iceberg viewing. Oddly enough, it was rather sunny downtown and cloudy out in the valley (usually it’s the reverse). We know, however, from past past experience that the glacier looks even more colorful sometimes when it’s overcast.  And Sunday was no exception.

Here’s the road that leads to the park…

And here’s the Mendenhall Glacier in all its glory…

One more from a distance…

I carried Mary McCarthy for this trip, and Michele took Barkley. Here we are, she’s all bundled up!

Here’s Michele with her duty of hanging on to Barkley…

Here’s MMK and me with the glacier for a backdrop…

We rain into our friends Brook and Jesse out there with their baby, Violet.  Both the dads were packing…

This is one of the icebergs we made our way to…

This iceberg started to fall over, so Michele sprinted to it and held it up as long as she could…

Again, Mary McCarthy and I have found a blue screen to stand in front of, but she’s sleeping now..

Barkley is taking a little rest..

Michele and Barkley made their way onto a little ledge on one of the icebergs…

Then came the snow angel…

Though some may disagree (Flurry), I thought it was a solid effort…

While we did not build this snowman, we were not afraid to get a photo next to it…

I think this photo turned out really well…

Don’t worry, there’s still a part 2 coming.  Way too many photo-worthy scenes out there on Sunday.





Weekend Walk

17 02 2011

This past weekend we decided to bundle up and take a walk along the Brotherhood Bridge Trail, which runs alongside the Mendenhall River.  And I have to say, it was pretty cold out there.  Now, it was not quite as chilly at the 10 degrees we had yesterday.  The first few shots are of the glacier…

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Here is Mary McCarthy all bundled up in her stroller…

Michele was in charge of Barkley for this walk, and I handled the stroller and camera…

Here’s the river with ice all in it…

More of the river…

And here I am with MMK on a bridge over the river…

One more of the glacier from the parking lot of the trail…

And to finish things off, a cute one of Mary McCarthy grinning…





Pictures From Kotzebue and Nome (via Karen)

15 02 2011

Our pal Karen is currently on a work trip to the great western side of Alaska.  The farthest west either of us have been was Michele’s trip to Kodiak a few years back (Katmai is the farthest west we’ve been together).  Anyway, Karen sent out some photos yesterday from her trip, which were really good.  She said I could post a few on the blog, as I think these are definitely worth passing along.

So consider today’s post  a special “AlasKaren” blog entry.  First things first – a photo of Mary McCarthy!  And since this is the AlasKaren version, here’s a photo of Karen with MMK from a couple weeks back with Mary McCarthy sporting her Russian hat.

The first few photos here are from Kotzebue, population 3,237…

This is a good example of the amount of snow they get in Kotzebue…

You never, ever pour yourself a full glass of orange juice out there.  Never…

This is the world famous Bayside Inn and Restaurant.  Actually, not sure if it’s world famous…

Then she made it to Nome, which checks in with a population of 3,505. The two things you may have heard about Nome are (1) it’s the end of the Iditatrod race, and (2) Wyatt Earp lived there for a short time.  This little map can give you an idea of where Nome is located…

Kotzebue is actually located a bit northeast of Nome, but both border the Bering Sea.  And from what I can tell, it was sunnier in Nome..

Clever sign…

Here’s a gold-panner statute finding nothing but snow…

And here’s a really nice shot of a church.  Maybe Karen can fill us in later on any details on the church…

This is the frozen Bering Sea.  Pretty remarkable…

More of the sea…

And sunset over the sea…

Karen says she was advised not to have any late night’s out on the town in Nome.  But if she had gone out, we assume it would have been here…

The next photo is what Karen called “downtown Nome”…

And now for the Iditarod portion of the post…

Apparently they move this marker into the street for the end of the race…

And finally, we’ll finish with some photos of Karen’s sled dog adventure…

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Back To Sheep Creek (And Others)

10 02 2011

First things first – this photo was way too cute for me to leave out of this post.  I think this was taken one morning before I left for work.   Barkley is getting more comfortable with the baby every day, but he knows not to try an all-out lick on Mary McCarthy quite yet.  But he is sweet with her…

On Saturday, we decided to head out to Sheep Creek for a bit to take a walk and through the tennis ball for Barkley.  MMK was happy to get out of the house, as this was her reaction when we told her we were taking a road trip…

I have mentioned in the past that sometimes here the City will initiate a controlled avalanche as a safety precaution.  It often happens on Thane Road.  Here are the remnants of a recent controlled avalanche…

And here’s Michele with Mary McCarthy out on our walk.  This time around she had the baby and I took Barkley…

Quoth the raven, “It’s cold out here”…

Then, of course, the reflection shots began!  It was time to get creative near the end of our walk, and this little pond provided the perfect opportunity.  I think these all look pretty cool (even if the pond was a little dirty).

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Comparison Time

7 02 2011

We took a nice walk around the Sheep Creek area on Saturday, and I’ll post some photos from that tomorrow.  But for now, we’ll focus on the baby (surprise, surprise). Today, Mary McCarthy got her 4-month shots at the doctor.  Michele and I were both very impressed with her toughness – we got a 5-second cry from her, max.  We expected a production, but she took it all in stride.

Also, we found out she is now 26 inches long, which puts her in a pretty high percentile for height.  Though her actual 4-month anniversary of being born is this Thursday, I decided to run a little comparison of some similar set photos.

Here is MMK getting cleaned up minutes after being born…

And here she is today getting measured…

Here is Michele holding Mary McCarthy just a few days after she was born…

And here I am holding MMK at my office last week…

So I think it’s safe to say she has gotten big.  But she’s still as sweet, and we were really proud of her being a big girl with her visit to the doctor today (especially given the way Michele balls her eyes out at the mere sight of a needle – I kid, I kid).

 

 





Our Winter Weather

2 02 2011

While it’s actually about 40 degrees outside right now in Juneau, we did have some decent snow on Monday and our drive out to North Douglas on Sunday showed that area was still covered in snow.  We used to live out in North Douglas, you may recall, for the first 3 years in Juneau.  We try to head out that way every so often to check things out.  Though we mostly stayed in the car, I did get out to take a few photos around Fish Creek.  This was one of our favorite little hiking spots back in the day.

Last time I was out there, they were just putting in a bridge across the creek.  Here’s the photo of that…

Now, four months later, the bridge is in working order.  However, the scenery around it is not quite as green…

And here are a few of the creek, with a good bit of the water frozen…

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