CAROLYN1ALASKA's SparkPeople Blog CAROLYN1ALASKA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Chena Hot Springs, Alaska Last weekend we went to Chena Hot Springs to photograph the northern lights. A snow cat drove us up the side of a local mountain to view and photograph the aurora. <BR> We left at 10:30 and didn't get back to our room until 4:30 AM. It was so cold... brrrr. -7 and windy but DH got some great photos. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He even captured a shooting star, seen as a faint white line in the green area. I felt like freezing for 6 hours wa... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:36:44 EST The Sandhill Crane Migratory Festival I had never noticed Sandhill cranes before I moved to Alaska nor ever heard their distinctive call. Here in town, I was lucky to see or hear them in ones and twos and that call is certainly attention getting. <BR> So when I heard that there was a festival in Fairbanks dedicated to watching and hearing hundreds of them migrate through town, I just had to go see for myself. It was surely an impressive sight, 200-300 flying and calling continuously. Since they were most active in the evening, ... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:54:22 EST A Sure Sign of Early Fall It certainly is beginning to look like early Fall here. The blueberries, cranberries, and raspberries are ripe, and the mushrooms are sprouting up everywhere. <BR> The temperatures have dropped from the 70s everyday to the high 50s-low 60s and it has been raining, drizzling, or threatening to rain everyday for going on 3 weeks now. I'm not complaining about the rain, at least not very much, because it's nothing like the torrential rains other parts of the country have been tolerating. <BR> O... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 22:23:28 EST The Alaska Zoo <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">We were both really tired yesterday, which made it hard to feel like doing a typical workout. Since DH just got a new camera, we decided to take a trip to the zoo; both to practice with the camera and to see the zoo, which we hadn't visited for about 8 years. <BR> We got lots of great photos...... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 23:24:48 EST They Came to Harvest Our Raspberries We have visitors every Fall who appear just in time to eat the last of the green leaves. They delicately nibble and pluck the suitable leaves, fortunately neglecting to uproot the entire plant, which they could certainly do. <BR> This was the view out our front window a couple of days ago... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 11 Oct 2012 23:29:14 EST My Latest Knitting Projects I have been knitting a lot more than usual, since my knee bursitis has prevented me from much biking... my other hobby. The good news is, I've finished a lot of projects. The bad news is, it's much harder to lose weight with the cycling component gone. <BR> Here are a few of the projects which I've finished this Fall... so far at least. <BR> The biggest project was this cardigan: <img src=""> <BR> Then I knit 3 winter hats. Here is one ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 22:34:01 EST Novarupta, the Volcanic Eruption You've Never Heard Of... Wednesday was the anniversary of the Novarupta eruption, the largest one of the 20th century. If' you've never heard of Novarupta, don't be surprised... I hadn't either, and I live in Alaska. Besides, like the famous eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 and Mt. Mazama, Crater Lake, the mountain doesn't really exist anymore since it blew it's top. It's now a national park better known as The Valley of 10,000 Smokes, and is still a volcanically active area, although not currently erupting. <BR> <BR... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 16:29:11 EST Bike Tour of Southern Spain; Day 3, bus and bike ride to Monasterio de San Francisco We spent the morning of day 3 of our bike tour riding the bus from Seville to the Monasterio de San Francisco hotel, in Palma del Rio. Here is the bell tower, complete with nesting cranes and falcons. <img src=""> <BR> Here is a partial photo of the formal gardens. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The hotel turned out to be an amazingly old and imposing building dating from 1492. History recor... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 20:49:53 EST Bike Tour of Southern Spain; Day 2, Seville Walking Tour The second day we spent walking around Seville involved a lot more walking. During the morning, We visited the Alcazar, a famous and huge Moorish palace with beautiful formal gardens. Walking and walking while taking seeing many beautiful and impressive sights, made me realize that we wouldn't get to see it all. It was far too vast. While the building showing the elaborately designed Moorish tiles was beautiful, my favorite was the huge elaborate formal gardens. <img src="http://photos-ak... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:39:35 EST Critical Mass <img src="">We had to give in and hire someone to shovel off our roof today. It's disappointing to have to spend money on something that will be gone by this summer, but last time DH shoveled it himself, but it's just time for him to stay off our 2 story roof. <BR> I'm thankful that we don't have the 20 or some odd feet of snow that they have in Valdez or Cordova, but we have received 120 inches here, and that is probably a lot of weight ... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 17:32:03 EST The Winter of Snow Shoveling This sure has been the winter for me to spend a lot of time shoveling snow. <BR> We had 38 inches in November and now in December, we have had 24 inches; I think. It's easy to lose track. <BR> So here I am shoveling on Christmas day... trying to get the last big pile off our deck. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After 45 minutes I had the deck all cleared, got a great work-out and a feeling of accomplishment. Of course, while I was shoveling i... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 01:31:29 EST Out and About St. Remy After two days in Aix, we moved on to spend 4 days in St. Remy. Each day we would cycle in a different direction to explore the surrounding Provencal country side. <img src=""> <BR> The first day came complete with olive groves, vineyards, mown hay fields, and unexpectedly to me at least, pumpkin fields <img src=""> and apple orchards. <BR> Just had to stop at this fruit market <img ... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 01:09:11 EST Our Bike Tour of Southern France: Aix-en-Provence We've been home for a week now, and I'm already missing the fabulous sunny, warm biking we did in the South of France. <BR> I have so many wonderful photographs and memories that I've decided to make each location a blog. <BR> <BR> Our bike tour began in Aix... without the bikes, actually. Two days to walk around and explore this city nicknamed the "City of a Thousand Fountains". <BR> <BR> We walked around the old town, some of which dated back 2000 years to Roman times. The Hotel where... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 01:03:19 EST