Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Last Post from Palmer

On my way to Yakutat this afternoon! Going swimming one last time at the Palmer pool then heading to Anchorage where I'm going to leave my van and get a ride to the airport.

Next post will be from Yakutat. New header coming soon!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Ground House

There is this house in Palmer on Alaska Street. I asked around and all I could find out is its been there a long time. My guess is they built the basement first and never finished building up.

The entrance is on back side with an above ground garage.

Whats really cool is this beautiful greenhouse area they built last summer right next to their in the ground house.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Spring time hay in bales that were stored in breathable bags for the winter.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Time is Hopping Along

I leave for Yakutat in less than a week now. I'm glad I will be here for Easter Sunday. My roomie is having a big Easter Egg hunt. I've been busy helping him get the house and yard ready, planning the menu and coloring the eggs. Grabbed this post/picture out of the Archives from over 4 years ago.

Monday, April 18, 2011

One Man Show

This guys been hanging out on the corner of the Palmer/Wasilla and Glenn Hwy for the past week. He's a one man show.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Til the Cows Come Home

I got an exciting new job for the summer! I will be living, working, fishing and blogging from Yakutat!
Its a fishing town on the North Gulf Coast of Alaska. I fly out from Anchorage on the 26th of this month. I'm leaving my van at a friends house in Anchorage with my studded snow tires on. No sense in changing them over since I won't be back til October.

I'm glad I got a job and will be off on a new adventure! Come along for the ride!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Palmer Mowers

With spring upon us its time to spruce up the yards. These guys are every where doing a damn good job!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

$Beautiful Bowl$

I rented a room in an old house close to downtown Palmer (with indoor plumbing) and made the salad for dinner in this beautiful hand-carved wooden bowl. The artist engraved his name on the bottom so I did a little research on him.

From the Modern Times website:

George W. Federoff Inlaid Wood Bowl

USA c. 1950s

This unique hand carved wood bowl has inlays of walrus and mastadon ivory in the handles and ladels. It was made by George W. Federoff b. 1906 St. Petersburg, Russia.

In 1947 George moved to Sitka, Alaska as an artist employed by the Dept of Interior assigned to reinvigorate the interest of native craft. His work there inspired him to the forms and materials of the culture, and after six years he resigned his position and became an independent craftsman, working from his home in Sitka. His tools were mostly handmade, keeping with the historical tradition. He did also use power tools, but sparingly.

"The subtle variations of form and surfaces are often destroyed by pure mechanical process."

Aside from the distinctive forms, his inlay of walrus and mastadon ivory was a unique revival in native handmade woodware. By the late 1950s his work was shown in several permanent museum collections, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, NY and a prize winning exhibition at the Walker Arts Center in MN.

This beautiful bowl is priceless and museum quality. The salad was a simple head lettuce, tomatoes, Best Food mayo and black ground pepper variety.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

"Buy Pie"

Across from the Alaska State Fairgrounds outside of Palmer on the Glenn Hwy sits the Noisy Goose Cafe. I've passed by here many times and finally today stopped in to have a burger. I wasn't dissappointed. The burger was great and the beer-battered fries complimented the jalapeno burger well. I like dipping my fries in a side of tartar sauce. The decor is Alaskana with friendly waitresses. One said "no pictures allowed" as I was snapping pictures then laughingly said she was joking. My only regret was after my delicious burger and fries I had no room for pie. I will have to go back another time for a sampling of their homemade pies and desserts. Just like the bear in window says "Buy Pie".