Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Spring!

It seems like just overnight everything has changed! The days are noticeably longer, the weather is warmer, bears are coming out of hibernation and people are talking about summer. It's definately Spring.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Really, REALLY cold

"Juneau has mild winters," they said before we came here. Does 2 F sound "mild" to you? This past week has been unbelieveably cold. It's the topic of most conversations--and rightfully so! You can tell where the high tide line is because the water freezes as the tide goes out. Our neighbor kindly reminded us that we should leave a faucet dripping (a couple years ago all of their pipes froze and they had no water.) Unfortunately, the drain for our tub has clearly frozen--it's no longer draining and the cats are enjoying playing in the water. Luckily, the tub is seperate from the shower.
I never thought I would hear myself saying "It's going to feel balmy when it's 32 F out," but that's how I feel right now, and I can't wait for that day!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Ablaze!

When I woke up on Sunday and looked out our window, I was surprised to see this! Later I found out that it was a church (Holy Trinity--Juneau's second oldest church) and a house that burned down.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Talented at organizing?

Your Scholastic Strength Is Developing Ideas

You can take a spark of inspiration and turn it into a full fledged concept.
You are talented at brainstorming, visualizing, organizing, and independent thinking.

You should major in:

Natural sciences
Computer science
Creative writing
Math
Architecture
Journalism

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Cross Country

Another photo from our hike out to the glacier. As you can see from the ski tracks in the snow on the lake, a lot of people take advantage of the frozen surface for cross country skiing. We went on our hike mid week, so there weren't a lot of people on the lake.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Mendenhall Glacier

We've been having great weather here in Juneau. I can't remember the last time that it was raining! Yesterday was no exception, so Nick and I decided that we would walk out to the glacier while Mendenhall Lake is still frozen. It was maybe a mile walk out across the lake, and we were able to walk all the way up to the glacier--and even into some of the cracks. It's hard to tell scale of the glacier on the above picture, so I posted the one to the right as well. The color of the glacier is blue because the ice is so compressed that there is no oxygen in it. Touching the surface felt like you were touching glass it was so smooth.