Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Mountains in this picture appear closer than they are.
The current conditions on the Tanana River are as follows:
The Tanana River officially went out on April 27th, 2007 at 3:47 pm Alaska Standard Time.
We are still entering guesses in to our database, when that has been completed and we have finished checking everything, we will begin the process of contacting the winners.
Thank you for playing Nenana Ice Classic 2007.
The Jackpot for 2006 was $270,500.00. The Jackpot for 2007 is $303,272.00.
They won't be contacting me But I did guess the right day! Congrats to the winners!
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
This blurry picture is of a flock of ravens at the end of my driveway taking flight when they see me coming with the camera. Lately, I've been taking Roxy to the end of the driveway to brush her. She is shedding BIG time. Huge fluffs which I let go into the air away from everything. The ravens are recycling Roxy's hair and making nests! I knew a woman who spun her dogs hair she brushed out into wool. I think of that when I'm brushing out Roxys pretty multi-colored hair. Its nice to know the ravens are making good use of it.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Ron Tomblinson, lower right, tossed three fish heads onto the ice after Matt Shasby scored the first goal just just 1 minute and 35 seconds into the game. (BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News)
Alaska Aces fan Ron Tomblinson said the fish heads he was holding before Monday’s ECHL playoff game against the Victoria Salmon Kings would guarantee a victory. Sure enough, the Kelly Cup champions defeated Victoria to advance to the next round. (By BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News)
By BRIAN SINGLERAnchorage Daily News(Published: April 22, 2007)
Ron Tomblinson’s faithful companion at every Alaska Aces game for about the last five years hasn’t been his wife, lucky jersey or clanging cowbell.
It’s a black, hefty bag of (sometimes stinking) frozen fish heads that sits under
Seat 1, Section 120, Row 7 at Sullivan Arena.
Tomblinson’s job description is this — after the Aces’ first goal of every game, he stands up and chucks the basketball-sized heads over the Plexiglas in the general direction of the opponents’ bench and goaltender.
It’s the quaint Alaska touch for visiting players.
“Maybe it’ll rattle ’em a little bit,” Tomblinson said.
The tradition now nets the 46-year-old fan a season ticket, worth close to $600.
“I am more or less paid to throw it out,” Tomblinson said.
That’s the way it’s been for about five seasons and it gives Tomblinson a longer tenure with the organization than many of its players.
Full Story here: Fishy situation at Sullivan is all because of this man
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
The current temperature highs are between 40 and 50 degrees during the day. During the evening it is cooling down to around 25 to 32 degrees. During the day the ice and snow on top of the ice are melting. When it cools off in the eveings, the water refreezes. There is a lot of water on top of the ice on the banks. We are starting to see signs of the ice rotting between the Tripod and the river bank. We expect the Nenana River to go out sometime within the next couple of days. The Nenana river is located 1/4 mile down river from where the Tripod is sitting on the Tanana River. The Tanana River usually goes out about a week to 10 days after the Nenana River. If the Nenana River goes out within the next couple of days the Tanana is sure to follow. Both rivers are very low, a good rain would definately help move the ice out.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
That's a U.S. Navy Prowler, not a U.S. Air Force F-15.
Starting today, Alaska is playing home base to Red Flag, a big air-combat exercise that this year is bringing units from six states and two foreign countries to Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage and Eielson near Fairbanks. As well as the EA-6B Prowlers -- a wide-bodied fighter-size jet that seats a pilot and three weapons specialists -- Elmendorf will host a dozen or so additional F-15s and an E-3 AWACs.
Eight French Mirage 2000 fighters and four Navy F-18 Hornets will fly out of Eielson, and a couple of C-130s from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona will fly out of Kulis Air National Guard Base. The exercise also will put a couple of B-1 bombers, a few KC-10 tankers and other aircraft into the vast 67,000-square-mile military airspace over Alaska for two-a-day simulated war games.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
My heart goes out to the victims and families of the students and teachers at Virginia Tech.
VPI Victory March
You've seen Mountaineers fumble,
You've been in Hurricanes' eye,
And you know 'ol Syracuse
Has learned the force of Hokie-Hi.
Worthy teams from all around,
Like Hoos from UVA,
Know a winning team awaits them;
Victory is ours today.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
If you happen to be on the Richardson Hwy between Paxon and Delta you could pull into The Lodge at Black Rapids. A new roadhouse at an old location. So far the old historic Roadhouse is still standing. This is a beautiful stretch of highway through mostly federal military reservation land. No radio reception out of KCAM Glennallen's range. A stretch of road with caribou crossings, moose, rabbits, porcupines and abundant wild flowers, berries and mushrooms.
According to their website they should be opening this summer.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
"The trailer: a 1963 Airstream, reconfigured as a frankfurter. The car: a vintage Checker cab, which proprietor Andrea Spaulding's husband completely restored, down to a ticking meter inside. The cuisine: hot dogs and nothing but." - comments and photo by Michael Stern, Roadfood.com.
The FishTaxi wants something like this only mine would be a Fish Taco instead of a frankfurter. The cuisine: "Fish Tacos and nothing but." I would drive it all over Alaska to festivals and various outposts. What a fun summer that would be!
Friday, April 13, 2007
There is a daycare center on my street ran by a stay-at-home mom. Now that it's getting nicer the little rascals are playing outside more. Today I could hear them laughing and singing on the other side of the snowbanks. I didn't see they were swinging until I went over there...with my camera.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I am getting low on canned salmon since I didn't can any last summer. Good thing the first run of the wild Copper River Red salmon is less than a month away. First commercial opener is May 7th this year! There is nothing like fresh Copper River Salmon. (Check out their prices. WOW)
Monday, April 09, 2007
By now everyone has seen or heard the Associated Press story about the huge mother shortraker rockfish, caught by the trawler Kodiak Enterprise some 2,100 feet down, south of St. Paul Island. Since taking possession of the old mother fish, biologists have measured, photographed, poked and probed. By removing the middle ear bone — called the otolith — the researchers were able to count the growth rings and estimate its age at between 90 and 115 years.
I searched the internet for a picture of the otoliths of this humongus fish to no avail. I would like to see how big they are. The above pictured otoliths were from maybe a 15-20 pound max snapper. (Which are shortraker rockfish.) I call them snapper because thats what they look and taste like. To me they are the chicken of the sea. I like them better than halibut. The above pictured halibut otoliths are from maybe a 60-80 pound flatfish. I always thought it was interesting that the Rockfish otoliths are way bigger than the halibut otoliths compared to size wise of the actual fish.
Another interesting tidbit about Rockfish is since they are caught so deep in the water the pressure from bringing them up to the surface causes their stomach to expand out their mouth and their eyes bulge. This makes for a pretty disgusting looking fish but not the ugliest fish in the deep blue sea by far. Their skin is a bright orange color. Like I said, Rockfish are very tasty, too.
All fish have 2 otoliths. They are for balance and buoyancy. They also make nice earrings when cut out of the fishes head. Salmon have little dainty ones. I'll get a couple this summer and show you. I'll also make some earrings out of the above pictured otoliths.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Yet another steal from The J-Walk Blog. Yukon Patty sent me the photo of the painting of Don Quixote. I uploaded it to Museumr with above result. Try it. There is four to choose from.
I put the two together on google and found the The Don Quixote Exhibit. All about Don Quixote there.