Thursday, March 29, 2007

Where is NorthtoAK?

Well, I'm back from vacation. I know I have not updated the blog in a while, but there are a two reasons:
1) I'm trying to get all the pictures and data from Hawaii up on the blog, which takes quite a bit of time. Ok that only explains the last two weeks :).
2) Springtime in AK. Although we likely have more sun than you do in the lower 48, we still have snow on the ground. It is on track to be the fourth coldest March on record. We traditionally have snow-free spots by the first week in April, and unless there is a serious disruption on the Earth's access, that ain't gonna happen. So many Anchoragians (like me and Frank) are a tad unhappy. This distress also is causing havoc in the MatSu Valley, where they are so cranky people are suing for ownership of office cats.

I'm hoping to get back on track soon, get those Hawaii pictures up as well as give an update on Boston Marathon training as well as the US Ski Championships at Alyeska this week (Yippee!).

P.S. And who won the Iditarod this year? Not Martin Buser, but he did come in 4th and led for a while. Lance Mackey became the first person ever to win both the Yukon Quest and Iditarod in the same year. It's a huge dramatic story that is definitely worth reading about.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Having a Halibut time with the Iditarod

While you in the midwest are enjoying your so-called spring weather, here in Anchorage we are still knee deep in the white stuff.

However, there are signs of "not winter" like ADN's coverage of the opening of halibut season: "Today at noon thousands of baited hooks will descend hundreds of feet into the dark depths of Alaska's frigid waters and shortly thereafter untold numbers of halibut will make the mistake of a lifetime.

And we will eat them for it."

We also have the Iditarod! Are you watching? If not, you won't know that some of the big favorites have suprisingly scratched, and my favorite Martin Buser is in the LEAD!


Anyways, look for a Monday/Sunday finish to the race, it will be a very fast sprint to the finish I think!
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