We were so busy this summer with guests, that I fell way behind on my blogging. I’m going to attempt to catch up with this blog entry.
I realized as I was going back on some of my entries (mostly about the kids’ visits), that I missed posting about our gorgeous fall season here in Alaska. While it is fleeting, it is also a favorite of mine. The leaf color changes are so vibrant and gorgeous, even if the entire season only lasts a matter of weeks.
Here are some of my favorite photos taken during our glorious fall season:
This pano really shows the beautiful foliage along the Chena River:
DENALI PARK - FALL SHOULDER SEASON
At the end of September, my friend Joyce and I visited Denali Park. The road was open to mile 30, and we took full advantage of the opportunity. It’s a good thing we did, because only four days later Interior Alaska was dumped on with a foot of snow and there were widespread power outages. We lost our power for 16 hours, but many lost their power for nearly a week. Fortunately, it wasn’t super cold outside, so most people were able to avoid pipes freezing. But it was certainly uncomfortable to live without running water (our well pump runs on electricity), and to throw out food that didn’t survive. Since then, Steve and I invested in a portable heater that runs on propane, and plan to install a transfer switch to our electric panel, so we can run a generator if need be.
Back to our trip to Denali: Seeing Denali on the horizon as we drove down the Parks Hwy is always a good sign. It means the mountain will probably be *out* in the park too.
The sun was shining on us all day, and it was a beautiful drive. We parked at mile 30 and continued walking down to the Teklanika Bridge. We were a little worried about running into bears that were gorging themselves on whatever they could find in preparation for hibernation, but didn’t even see tracks. We did see moose though.
As the sun went down, it lit up the neatest clouds that were being pulled up in the wind. It looked like fur, or fire. I’ve never seen anything like this before. It was pretty amazing! Here’s a pano of the scene:
HERE COMES THE SNOW!
On September 28th, the heavy snow fell on already rotten trees, causing them to fall onto power lines throughout the area. This was the major cause of the power outage. We had several trees bending over under the weight, so I went out with a baseball bat and beat against some of them to knock the snow out of them (sorry trees!). It helped, and I’m sure prevented one or two of them from falling on our power lines. We did lose one birch tree in the front yard, but it fell into the wooded area, away from the house thankfully.
Once the snow stopped, the sun came out and blue skies provided a gorgeous backdrop to the snow-coated landscape. If not for the fact that we were without power, I’d have been thrilled with the gorgeous snowfall. Making lemonade from lemons, I did build myself a little family of snowmen - to include Raven.