White lightning’s still the biggest thrill of all

May 27, 2009 at 8:34 pm | Posted in alaska, anchorage, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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WOW.

Apparently a bolt of lightning struck them, knocking one of them, a 25-year-old male, unconscious.  When he came to, he saw his 23-year-old female companion about 15 feet away seriously injured.  His shoes had been blown open and melted.

I’ve hiked in Arctic Valley plenty of times.  Incredible area, rather prone to inclement weather.  Alaska isn’t famous for its thunderstorms, but have noticed a lot more of them since around ’98.

Hiking Arctic Valley, Summer 2007.

Hiking Arctic Valley, Summer 2007.

On a Summer 2007 hike in Glen Alps near Anchorage, we heard thunder a ways off and then noticed all of our hair was standing on end.  We high tailed it out of there.  It was our second attempt that summer to reach Hidden Lake.  I still haven’t been there.

Electricity in the air.

Electricity in the air.

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5-22-09

May 25, 2009 at 7:11 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Tiger in a trailer, lower Spenard.

Tiger in a trailer, lower Spenard.

5-20-09

May 25, 2009 at 7:07 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Peculiar growth pattern, birch tree, Anchorage hillside.

Peculiar growth pattern, birch tree, Anchorage hillside.

Nice night for a ride

May 18, 2009 at 7:31 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, biking | Leave a comment
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Bike blast from Mt. View to Kincaid Park and back again.  28 miles.

5-16-09

May 18, 2009 at 7:22 am | Posted in photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Backyard phone booth, Fairview neighborhood.

Backyard phone booth, Fairview neighborhood.

5-13-09

May 18, 2009 at 7:19 am | Posted in photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Crosswalk sign and coffee stickers.

Crosswalk sign and coffee stickers.

Kincaid Park trek

May 9, 2009 at 6:40 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hiking a shoreline ridge on a beautiful sunny spring evening.

Eating the President’s lunch

May 8, 2009 at 7:12 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Ha ha haah!

She’s gonna blow her top!

May 7, 2009 at 12:11 am | Posted in alaska, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A plume from Mt. Redoubt, 5-5-09.

A plume from Mt. Redoubt, 5-5-09.

Eagle, Alaska devastated in flood

May 6, 2009 at 7:15 am | Posted in alaska, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Apparently unusually high temperatures caused a massive and sudden breakup of river ice, and an ice jam 10 miles upriver from Eagle ended up wiping out the old town and most of the new one.

Eagle and the nearby town of Chicken are colorful outposts with a mining history and there was a military base near Eagle as well.  I’ve wanted to visit there for awhile.  They have (or had) substantial architectural assets.  I checked out their inventory of historic buildings at Library of Congress just a few months ago.

Eagle, AK Customs House.  Originally noncommissioned officers housing at nearby Ft. Egbert.  Built 1900, destroyed yesterday.

Eagle, AK "Customs House". Originally noncommissioned officers housing at nearby Ft. Egbert. Built 1900, destroyed yesterday.

The catastrophe isn’t over yet, but no deaths or injuries thus far.

Image credit — Library of Congress, Historic American Buildings Survey.  Jet Lowe, photographer, 1984.

Update 5-6-09: It isn’t getting any better today.

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