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A Day In The Life of Alaskamarge

December 11, 2011

Geocaching with Devin was on the docket for today-down to Portage, about 45 minutes South of Anchorage at the end of the Turnagain Arm and just before the tunnel leading to Whittier.  Turns out rain was forecast down that way, so we opted for Eagle River instead since light snow and all things lovely were the order of the day over there.

Off we went and after the 45 minute drive North, we arrived in the rain and blowing wind.  No worries, this is what we do, so off we set down the trail in search of some caches.  Well, the further we got the harder it rained and the stronger the wind became.  There were a few times the wind blew so hard, we ducked for cover just in case a tree was headed our way.

Here’s a shot of Devin protecting her eyes from the sideways blowing rain and snow.  Too bad the sideways blowing rain and snow isn’t visible in the picture so you could better appreciate how nasty the weather actually was.  Did I mention the rain and snow was blowing sideways?

After a couple of hours of this ridiculousness, we decided to head on back to the Nature Center for some hot chocolate by the fire.  Lovely.  And look how nicely they decorated for the Holidays.  The Holiday Beaver and the Holiday Grizzly Bear.  How festive!

After our hot chocolate, we headed back to Anchorage and arrived in a full on blizzard…not really, just some very heavy snow fall.

You do remember that we left Anchorage to avoid the rain and went to Eagle River to find the snow, right?  Too funny that we ended up in the rain and came back to big time snow.  6″ in just a few short hours.  Lovely.

Devin and I laughed as we saw bicycle riders, joggers, walkers, and people in general going about their day seemingly oblivious to the serious snow fall and how down South, all the bread and milk would be sold out at the stores and everyone would be hunkered down inside their cozy homes wondering how they would be getting to work in the morning.

After dropping Devin off at her house, I stumbled across these two bull moose playing with each other in someone’s front yard.  Look at ’em havin’ fun.

Just another day in Paradise.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2011 10:26 pm

    If you don’t go out in the weather, you’d never go out at all. Think I’ll hang in AZ for the winter. But sure like seeing the moose, from here.

  2. Sue C. permalink
    December 12, 2011 7:56 am

    Actually, it really was classified a blizzard, with high wind warnings and, around 4:30pm, the weather service was greatly discouraging travel or activities outdoors (like anyone around here listens to those guys!). I went to Eagle River, too, but got back to Anchorage just before the high winds hit.

    I love your moose pictures!

  3. Li1gray permalink
    December 20, 2011 3:35 am

    Nice pictures and comments. Have not been chasing too many caches even though I want to get to 4000, just not too motivated enough and just filling in the 366 calendar right now! One more left for December to do right now!

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