Scott and I had just returned from our annual fall vacation a few days early (see my previous blog for that story). So we found ourselves with a free weekend and the tail end of a rare October cycle of clear, cold weather.
Fall can provide great hiking opportunities. Thick brush loses its summer energy and obediently lies down, the bugs are gone, and the bears go into hibernation. If we’re lucky, we get a cold snap and the ground freezes. These conditions made a perfect opportunity to traverse the normally boggy Spaulding Meadows all the way over to Montana Creek.
We can help our fellow Americans on the east coast by donating to the Red Cross at www.redcross.org. They've got it all set up to take our donations specifically for the victims of the monster storm with the cuddly name "Sandy".
Every October for the past 14 years, Scott and I travel to a quiet island in the southern Bahamas for a little sun and relaxation. Scott is an avid fly fisherman, I am a certified scuba diver, and we both enjoy a short period of sun and relaxation in between our busy summer work season and the long, cold, snowy winter season. Our primary recreational pursuits in Juneau involve getting out in the backcountry and away from town, so it should be no surprise that we seek the same experience on our vacation.
I published a blog about Canada's relationship to the United States based on a poem that was written about the presidential debates. I thought the author lived in Canada, but she doesn't. Rather than try to unravel the blog, I have taken it down. Lesson learned: double and triple check the facts!
Poland may be behind America in many ways, however not when it comes to daylight savings time. Last night we “fell back” an hour- a whole week before it happens in the U.S. This is just further proof that Fall is officially here. The weather has most definitely been an indication of that as well. Temperatures are dropping and we even had a short period of a little snow. This week is expected to be in the low 40s, which doesn’t seem too bad but for some reason it feels a lot cooler than that.
It is a funny thing about miles. And mileage. They sure can sneak up on you. Yesterday I needed a fix. I hadn't burned a quad or pumped up a calf muscle or froze a lung in a week. So I called my "pusher" and he invited me, along with another "joneser," to run up Eaglecrest Road. Those five miles turned into the Black Bear chair lift and a return along the Treadwell Ditch Trail, via one section of muskeg and one still demolished bridge crossing, to Douglas. Five miles can become 22 in little time when you have mileage accompanying you.
On October 14, 2012, Governor Parnell had an opinion piece in the Juneau Empire titled, “From Rampant to Rare – Domestic Violence in Alaska”, to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. He focused on his signature social issue of reducing violence against women.
It’s a beautiful clear and crisp fall day here in Poland and has been this way for about 4 or 5 days now. The leaves are turning colors and the days and especially the nights are starting to get a little chilly. We have today off and will be spending it by resting and recovering from a long week and going to watch a couple of basketball games including one of the professional men’s teams from Gdynia.