Thursday, March 26, 2009

Revisiting McCarthy, August 2008

Last August, my parents came to visit for a 5-day whirlwind trip around the state of Alaska. In 5 days, we managed to drive to and from McCarthy, down the incredibly haggard McCarthy Rd. But the city dwellers hung tough, and the Subaru survived without replacing one tire, and we had a great time.

First stop...a beautiful view of the Wrangells from our quaint little lodge.

Did I mention that our quaint little lodge was the Copper River Valley Princess?

Speaking of Copper River, Chrissy and I decided to show my Mom & Dad what Chitina was all about. Unfortunately, the dipnetting was quiet.
To enter the village of McCarthy, you have to cross this raging river on a small, but sturdy, foot bridge.

After an amazingly long drive down the McCarthy Rd, we hunkered down for the night at Ma Johnson's Roadhouse.

Mom and Dad, on a romantic stroll down downtown McCarthy

The next day, we took the shuttle out to the Kennicott mines.

Time to cross the bridge again...

Back in Fairbanks with the Alaska Range in the background
One final moose sighting, to the pleasure of my dad.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Last Days of Winter

A few images from our seventh winter in Alaska.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Slim Pickin' @ UAF Pub Tonight!

Poster by John Smelter

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Slim Pickin' on Myspace

Well, we finally got around to putting together a myspace page. Here's the link with some fresh cuts straight off Garageband.


Friday, January 23, 2009

Top Reads of 2008

Unlike the Top 5 Albums of 2008, these books weren't necessarily published in 2008, I just happened to stumble across them this year.

Top 5 Books - Fiction
1. Home - Marilynne Robinson

2. The Lay of the Land - Richard Ford
3. The Russian Debutante's Handbook - Gary Shteyngart
4. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh - Michael Chabon
5. The Ghost Writer - Philip Roth

Top 5 Books - Non-fiction

1. Iron John - Robert Bly

2. The Tibet Book of Living and Dying - Sogyal Rinpoche
3. Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers - Thich Nhat Hahn
4. Owning Your Own Shadow - Robert Johnson
5. The Audacity of Hope - Barack Obama