Friday, April 30, 2010

First Spring Rain

For the first time since we have lived here we might actually be able to say, "April showers bring May flowers".

Saturday, April 24, 2010

An Experimental Farm

I have always thought the Experimental Farm sounded kind of creepy. I imagined three headed chickens and strange hybrid animals. I was in the neighborhood today. Well, all I saw were reindeer, lots of new spring fuzzy ones. They sure are cute.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


It is that time of year when it seems like there is a new show in the Art Gallery every week. This one really catches your eye and it is nearly impossible to just walk on by. To learn more about this show and see the photos they took at the Musk Ox farm see this article in the News Miner.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Lily Pads on Smith Lake

This weekend I went on a walk with a couple of friends to Smith Lake on the University trail system. It was unseasonably warm, an absolutely beautiful day to be out. As we walked along the edge of the lake we noticed that the area around the lily pads was melting at a much faster rate than the rest of the lake, leaving them exposed to the surface. I am wondering if this is one of those unique adaptations that only occurs in Alaska lily pads. It was really cool looking, but I have no idea what causes these areas to melt so much faster. Is it just light, or is there more to it? Any of you smarty pants out there know the answer?

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Alpha Dog

Arrluk has been exerting his dominance quite a bit lately. He has become very vocal if we don't get him out of his crate or feed him quickly enough. He has taken to biting Brody's ears, and stealing his food, toys, bones, sticks, and bed. It seems not even a tree is safe from Arrluk's dominant ways...

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Going Green

If there is one thing I have learned living in Fairbanks, it is that you have to be adaptable. This theory does not apply only to humans, but all living matter in the tundra. This was quite obvious this weekend on our hike as everywhere the snow had melted there was already bright green in its place.

Monday, April 05, 2010

To See What We Could See...

Yesterday we took a walk over Twin Bears...It was a glorius spring day. Much different than our Easter Walk last year.
Arrluk has quickly learned to drink from the Camelback.
Brody is looking lovingly at David. (Did I mention David is eating cheese?)
The view was spectacular from the top.