Fairbanks road trip

April 28, 2012 at 9:28 am | Posted in alaska | 2 Comments
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I drove up to Fairbanks a week ago on Friday, and back on Sunday via the Richardson Hwy.  The way back was longer, and with many photo stops it took all day — but it had been decades since I’d seen that part of the road and I was glad I did it.

Highlights follow.

Need more?  Complete collection at Flickr.

cantwell clouds

Rain cloud near Cantwell.

ranch motel sign

Beautiful South Cushman St.

lacey st theater and polaris bldg

Never say die! Old buildings looking for new lives.

chena river view

Chena River flowing outside our room.

renovation underway

Somebody is doing a nice job fixing up an old house.

abandoned castle

Former Castle Restaurant sits empty.


Back side of Gambardella's Bella Pasta.

olive at the river

Michele's dog having fun on a river bank.

downtown co-op

2nd Ave. downtown.

college rd triplex

Liked the looks of this modern triplex on College Rd.

rika's roadhouse detail

Rika's Roadhouse near Delta Junction. Remarkable preservation effort on 1913 roadhouse and outbuildings. Definitely going back here when the museum and restaurant are open!


The Great One.

nearing Paxson

Getting up on the high part of the Richardson on the way back.

gunsight mountain

Gunsight Mountain.

tok thai

The best restaurant in Glennallen (take-out only).

glennallen cabin

Old cabin in Glennallen with lots of quirky charm.




April 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Posted in anchorage, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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'64 Cadillac

1964 Cadillac for sale. Likely less than 10 mpg but you will arrive in style.


April 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Posted in alaska, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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more kindling


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Costco trip

April 12, 2012 at 4:46 am | Posted in anchorage, photo du jour, politics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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dirty subie

Michele sent me to Costco for a couple items today.  I snapped the picture of the dirty Subaru in the parking lot.  We tend to buy a lot from Costco because they have such great prices.  And I know they take care of their employees fairly well compared to the norm these days.  My mom and stepfather were big fans and even both worked there in Sequim, WA in their retirement years.

I have such mixed feelings about the place, though.  I don’t know for sure, but guessing they drug test every employee.  This is something that probably 75% of society doesn’t find objectionable.  But there are problems with it — especially with public opinion on drug laws beginning to turn.  I always wonder why its necessary to delve so deeply into people’s private lives, lacking due suspicion.  Shouldn’t we limit drug testing to critical aspects and job positions, and for everybody else just flag problems in normal performance evaluation procedures?

20 years ago when he was running for President, Ross Perot said something to the effect of, he wanted to get all those pot  smokers in jail where they could make license plates and bust rocks all day.  Haven’t we moved forward from that point of view a little bit by now?  Most of the time I think the only positive accomplishment of the proliferation of drug testing has been to create a whole new testing industry.

The other aspect of Costco I don’t like is having to stop on the way out and have somebody go over the items in my cart and compare them to the receipt.  The corporate culture of Costco seems to be that all employees are presumed to have drug problems and all customers are presumed to be shoplifters [subject to verification].  And it would be nice to treat both employees and customers with greater dignity and respect, if it didn’t affect their bottom line [potentially; subject to verification].

Most days I just forget about all that.  I guess the dirty, filthy Anchorage Spring breakup just has me in a funk today!


April 10, 2012 at 4:38 am | Posted in photo du jour, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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couch potatoes

Keuda and Scout lounging at their window observation post.


April 9, 2012 at 4:29 am | Posted in anchorage, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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gnarled birch limbs


April 9, 2012 at 4:21 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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spring snowstorm

The scene on my street yesterday afternoon.  This was enough to break Anchorage’s all time snowfall record.  I was comfortable inside watching a baseball game.


April 9, 2012 at 3:39 am | Posted in alaska, art, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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michele spring 2011

Finally had some money to retrieve some film that was in the lab for almost a year!  And turned in 11 more rolls of 120.  This was one of the first outings with a new [to me] camera and there were some technical difficulties — overexposed, film possibly fogged at the airport, and I suspect one of the two lenses is a little better than the other [this was shot with a 135; the frames with the 80 are sharper] — still, managed to tune this one up a little in Photoshop and it’s a nice capture despite more than a few flaws.  Looking over some old shots from 2009 the other day, I’m remembering how much I like the character of film.

Update: Same camera with 80mm.


April 6, 2012 at 5:38 am | Posted in art, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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