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While you were sleeping...

After 2-5 months of hibernation, bears in the Juneau area will soon be getting up or are out of their dens already. Although hibernating, bears don’t necessarily sleep the entire time.  But, while in hibernation, they don’t need to eat or drink—a good evolutionary survival strategy during winter when food is scarce.  Long periods of inactivity seem normal to us when we think about bears, but what about humans?

Spring Cross Country Skiing

Eighty minutes. That’s all the time it took Scott and me to go from our ordinary, everyday routine of work and home projects to a cross country skiing paradise.  One hour and twenty minutes of easy hiking on packed snow through the woods up the Spaulding Trail gave us full access to rolling, open meadows just begging to be skied and enjoyed. Sometimes the trip is faster, but we had all day so we were in no rush.

Season Wrap Up

            It seems like not too long ago that I was on an early morning flight from Portland to start a journey filled with high hopes as well as many unknowns. Today, I am on my way home, and while it doesn’t seem like it, it was nearly 7 months ago that my professional career began in Poland.

Happy 92nd Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today is my father’s 92nd birthday.  Our birthday celebration will have to wait a couple more weeks because my dad is currently in Texas for a month, training field trial dogs with my stepmother.  If anyone feels well enough to be on a road trip in their nineties, more power to them!

March—A Green and Muddy Month

Jeremiah:  “Would you happen to know what month of the year it is?”

Bear Claw:  “No, I truly wouldn’t.  I’m sorry, pilgrim.”

Jeremiah: “March. Maybe, April.”

Bear Claw: “March maybe.  I don’t believe April.  Winter’s a long time going?  Stays long this high.  March is a green, muddy month down below.  Some folks like it.  Farmers mostly.”

Tour of Anchorage

Things were not looking good for me in the weeks leading up to the Tour of Anchorage.

Diary of a wearable artist: Part II

I wrote this before, but lost it. Here we go again.

This was my second year of participating in the Wearable Art Extravaganza and it was wonderful. I convinced my friend Jess to be my model again because we make a great team. 

Happy Tails- Maya

I love happy endings and I love animals.  Stories about homeless animals that find good homes are, to me, picture perfect moments.  It is in that spirit that I regularly write "Happy Tail" stories for the Gastineau Humane Society (GHS).  Each story features an animal adopted from there.  Both the GHS and the Juneau Empire have generously agreed that this blog is also an appropriate place to further share these stories.  Here is the most recent, Maya's story. 

March Madness

            It is officially March and for basketball fans that means one thing- March Madness. College basketball has already had so many upsets and exciting games, it seems as though March Madness has been going on all season, however now it’s officially tournament time and for us here in Poland it is no different. We are in the middle of a five-game series in the first round of the playoffs for our league. Unfortunately, things aren’t off to a great start and we are down 0-2 in the series but we will be returning home to play game three in another week.

Birds Behaving Badly

“Nothing you have ever witnessed before has prepared you for the sheer stabbing shock,” so declared a poster for Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic movie, “The Birds”.  Strong words for cinema that would now seem tame compared to recent fare. And yet, there is something about nature gone awry that still strikes deep.

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