Ok...so it has been about a million years since I have posted on here. Life has finally calmed down to the point where our heads are not spinning and hopefully it will stay that way.
Dan and I recently returned from a trip to McNeil River Bear Sanctuary. Check out this link for more information: http://www.openroad.tv/video.php?vid=227
We were basically out in the wild with grizzly bears! Yippee.
Summer in Alaska is very different than anywhere else we've ever lived! The sun never sets and therefore it is just as hard to go to bed as it was to get out of bed during the winter months. The temperatures never truly reach "summer" heat in my opinion but the 60s/70s are pleasant. Just make sure that you do not pack away your winter clothing, as it is still possible to get snow on the mountains. They call this snow, termination dust! I guess to signify the termination of summer.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Posted by Amanda and Dan at 1:07 PM
Friday, January 23, 2009
Well...I am certainly not a good blogger. I usually only post when I am feeling super motivated. Today is not one of those days but I am feeling obligated to let everyone know about our new home.
Since we set out on the ferry we have travelled many an Alaskan mile and settled into a home on Fort Richardson. We were blessed to received post housing within days. The housing is brand new and very nice. The only downside is that it only has a 1 car garage; up here that is a big deal. However, we've invested in engine block, oil pan and battery heaters. As long as you remember to plug your car in everything is fine. If you forget -- oops!
The temperatures around here dropped sharply the week of Christmas and remained between -20/-30 degrees for two weeks. Then they sky rockets to +45 degrees. This temperature jump melted much of the snow but also included strong winds that made inches of ice. If you can imagine 2 inches of slush onto of an ice rink or walking upon ice water, then you have a good idea of what things were like.
I was so proud I made it more than a month before I had my first fall. Tuesday I fell walking from the chapel to my car. Everywhere you go you are walking on ice. So when you are begin to slide you are on the ground before you even know what has happened. Due to the excessive amounts of water on top of the ice I was soaking wet and had to go home and change. There's nothing like wet pants at 15 degrees with a breeze!
Dan's job is going as well as expected. He is scheduled to take command in February. Before that happens he will attend the Artic Cold Weather training course at Fort Greely (a very cold place). Don't worry they have tons of gear -- so if used properly he shouldn't be too miserable. Shortly there after he is will shipping off to Fort Benning for Airborne school, hooah!
Posted by Amanda and Dan at 10:44 AM