Friday, March 29, 2013

Tonight we hop!

Most people define their years from January 1 - January 1. I, on the other hand, measure a year as the time between Bunny Barhops.

I used to organize the Boston Bunny Barhop with friends. It's a pub crawl with bunny ears. Some people just go with the drug store bunny ears, and some others wear full-on rabbit costumes! The motto is "Just Wear the Friggin' Ears!" It's great fun. They're going on their 9th Annual Boston Bunny Barhop tonight! I knew that one of the things I would miss most in Boston was the hop. However, the Bunny Queen doesn't let a change of city and state stop her from carrying on this awesome springtime tradition!

Tonight, I am hosting the totally epic 1st Annual Juneau Bunny Barhop! Downtown Juneau has a zillion bars, so we're donning our bunny ears and getting crunk. I've been losing sleep over it, though. I've been apprehensive because I'm sure there will be a few kinks. Also, I'm pretty much running this shin-dig solo tonight. In Boston, I had a team of "Rabbit Rangers" to help organize and corral bunnies.

If Facebook is any indication though, I think it will be a big crowd tonight. We're at 80 RSVPs, with another 55 maybes and 1800 not yet responded. That's pretty good for a little town like Juneau. It seems that whenever I talk to folks about it, they've already heard about the event. Even friends of mine knew about the event before they knew I was in charge of it!

View 1st Annual Juneau Bunny Barhop in a larger map
I've been making progress getting the last few things ready for tonight, but I think I'm ready. I will be sure to post again after I've recovered this weekend. Hopefully there will be tons of embarrassing photographic evidence to share.

Some examples of the barhop stickers that I give out

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Catching the light

We've had some nice sunrises and sunsets these last two days in Juneau. We've been spoiled!

You can click on the panoramas for a better view.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Juneau Tuesday Morning

I biked 11 miles to work from the Mendenhall Valley this morning. It was an incredibly gorgeous sunrise, but icy... wiped out on a turn I took too fast. Have a few bumps and bruises, but I'm okay. There's a photographer from the Juneau Empire who runs around in the morning taking pictures of people downtown and posts the photos to Facebook. I just came across this (photographed after the crash):

I later needed to walk over to the State Office Building for a class, and snapped this beauty on the way:

Mount Juneau and the Federal Building

It turns out that I just missed a big avalanche on Mount Juneau this morning, too. They're saying it could also avalanche on Thane Road today. I hope I don't have any unfortunate timing on the bike ride home this afternoon!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Now that's what I call a nice weekend

We've been cursed with very wet, cloudy weather for weeks, but hey... it's Juneau. We were fortunate to have a nice day last Monday, but most of us were lamenting having to be indoors in our offices that day.

Well, our patience paid off this weekend. It was BEAU-TI-FUL all weekend. Someone at work said it best the other day, "Juneau can be the greyest place on Earth, and the most colorful place on Earth". It just depends on sunshine. We put up with the bad weather just so that we can enjoy days (and whole weekends) like this.

Here are some photos that tell the tale of this past weekend...

Dent and the Chilkat Mountains

We drove out to the end of the road (40 miles north of downtown)

I live at the end of the road on the south side of town. Lots of cars parked at the trailhead here!

My hunny and Samson the Dog
I bought a bike the other day. Her name is Oliver.
First ride out on Oliver. What a glorious day!!

Even Kameko got to enjoy the sunshine

Sunning herself

We also celebrated Miss Tawney's 31st birthday on Friday! We were blessed with dry weather and had a bonfire. We almost burned the house down.

Every bonfire needs a shop-vac attached to a ventilation pipe

...and when the palettes catch fire early...

Don't bother putting them in the barrel. It'll be alright.

Oh, and we had Chocolate Mouthgasm Cupcakes from B's Bistro
Twas a good weekend.