Friday, April 26, 2013

April snow showers bring... cruise ships?

I awoke this morning to snow. Lots of snow. There was already 2+ inches of heavy, wet snow in the Mendenhall Valley when I left for work this morning. 14 hours later at 8:13pm, it's STILL snowing.

Maxwell's backyard and Thunder Mountain. 4/26/2013 8:13pm

Biker Chick

Last year, I rode my bike to work in Boston every day between mid-April and when I quit in early October. I LOVED riding my bike. Urban cycling had its challenges, but it was something I looked forward to every day. The local bike shop was having a sale a couple of months back, and it happened to coincide with receiving my tax return so I popped on over and bought a bicycle! I got myself equipped with rain gear, lights,  a helmet, a Timbuktu cycling backpack and a bike computer.

Oliver, the Trek Hybrid
First day out on Oliver
Being very early March, I wasn't able to bike to work with much consistency, but it biked in every day I could. The trip would vary if I was riding from my aunt and uncle's house (6.3 miles) or from my boyfriend's in the valley (11 miles). I decided on a hybrid because that was what I was used to back east, and there are a few trails in Juneau that are maintained for bicycles that I'd like to take it on. Lately, however, I'm wondering if I should have gone with a regular road bike. Now that I've moved, my commute is 13 miles each way. It takes an hour- which is not bad, but I could probably make the trip even quicker on a road bike. 

The Juneau Empire photographer caught me in the act one morning
I've been biking a lot more in the last week. The thing that you have to get over in Juneau is the rain. I've convinced myself to bike to work rain or shine. If you wait for good weather, you'll never do much outdoors with any kind of regularity. Since March 2, I've already put 340 miles on the bike... 105 just this week! I've set a goal of 2,000 miles for 2013. I should be able to do it if I keep up the good work and bike through September. 

I'm even convincing other people to bike in with me! 

My co-worker, Kaitlin and I. Our biker gang of two.

Despite what I said about biking in rain or shine, I didn't mention snow. Today is the first day all week I didn't bike to work because (on April 26) this is what we woke up to today:

They're calling for 4-6 inches of snow today. I decided to drive, and I think it was a good decision today.

Monday, April 22, 2013

The First Six Months

Six months ago today, I arrived in Juneau... fresh off the ferry. I have definitely flourished here! I've been told that I set a land speed record for settling in. I agree. Here are a few highlights from my first 180 days as an Alaskan.

On the ferry

Kameko survived the trip, but only with the help of kitty xanax.
My first full day in Alaska, I hiked to Herbert Glacier on a glorious day

My XtraTufs, my loves

Officially Alaska... license and all

Oh, and I landed a job within two weeks of arriving!

My 32nd Birthday... king crab for dinner!
Fully assimilated.

It's true.

Kameko adapts to the snow

Not too shabby for a Thursday morning on the way to work

I even landed a trombone gig!

Thunder Mountain Big Band
...then later with the Juneau Wind Ensemble
I met the governor.

...and had many adventures in dogsitting.

Juneau is lovely in the winter
Oh, and my Alaska boyfriend sent me flowers on Valentine's Day

...and we know how to make each other laugh

Dent had a little "accident"

...but I added Oliver to my family.

I've already logged 250 miles in 6 weeks

The local papa razzi caught me in the act

Ahhhh Mount Juneau
A rainbow brightened Juneau's rainy afternoon

...and I continue to work on my pet photography.

Hello Mr. Mountain Goat!

I think the winter looks good on me.

...and I spread the Bunny Barhop cheer to Juneau

The Bunny Queen in her full glory

Everyday, I'm captivated by my surroundings

Max's 30th Birthday... a bonfire on the beach

He wore his new kilt with pride.

Oh, and I'm going back to school for a Masters in Public Administration
We were treated to the northern lights

...and some other Bostonians and I show our support after the Boston Marathon bombings

Dear oh dear. If that was the FIRST six months, what's in store for the next six????