Sunday, December 29, 2013

Winter Desert

We are over the hump of darkness! It starting to be lighter longer by a few minutes per day.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Ship Security

So, I finally have some internet time to update my blog and google+. One of jobs I had this summer was security for large foreign ships, checking everyone one in and out. The ships have been cruise ships, fuel ships, and research vessels. Lots of different kind of folks through here.

Sail Boat Delivery

I recently had the opportunity to crew on a 700nm trip delivering a sail boat from Nome, AK to Sand Point, AK. I was a bit seasick for the first day and a half but soon got over it by the time some heavy weather with 40 knot winds came our way. We tucked into Nunivak Island for a day to wait for the weather to pass. We then had a nice northwest wind to carry us all the way to False Pass. I saw some black and white dolphins (see video) that hung around for 2 hours playing in the waves in front of the boat.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Geocaching in the back country of Nome, AK

Me geocaching 
Our indestructible ride to get us to these very back country geocaches
Jannelle in "The Cave" about to discover the geocache

Me writing in the log book

Stopping to enjoy the view and flowers

Little cabins around everywhere

Bianca found this geocache

View from the cache of  Salmoln Lake

Following Rolland and Bianca on this looong hike

Deb enjoying the view

Friday, July 12, 2013

Abandoned Gold Dredge, Nome


Things have been busy here in Nome.  I see May is my last post.  One of the things we like to do when the weather permits is to take the buggy out into the country.  This time we stopped at an abandon gold dredge.  See more pictures at g+.  

Friday, May 24, 2013

AMCC Forest

AMCC State Forest

Since Nome is very cold it is rare to see a tree taller than 3 feet.  I discovered the AMCC (Anvil Mountain Correctional Facility) State Forest while geocaching.  This biggest clump of trees in all of Nome!

The WHOLE AMCC State Forest

Sunday, May 19, 2013

End of School Dances



This Summer I am in Nome with the Trowbridges.  I get to be part of things like Prom and Dances with my nieces   Jannelle is a natural when it comes to being in front of the camera; trying to get the perfect swirl with her green dress in the living room.  Contrarily, Bianca grows shy when the camera comes out (a bit like my self) and tries to ignore me instead.  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Topanga Lookout

A few weeks ago I managed one last hike for a while in the warm California weather.  I stopped at this really colorful graffiti area. The Concrete slab here is all the remains of the of Los Angeles Fire Department's Topanga Fire Lookout and has been a canvas for taggers, and other graffiti artists.  There was even art in progress by some teenagers as I came past here again on the way back.  

Monday, January 7, 2013

No Place like Nome.

Bianca, Deb and Jannelle
Abandon Antique shop Nome, AK 2013

Nome, AK harbor

Nome, AK Sunrise
Just spent some time with the Trowbridge family, doing the usual outdoor stuff we do.  I am headed home now and killing some time on my layover at the airport as usual. Back to sunny California tomorrow!