Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Most Wonderful Life

I'm a little delayed in getting some posts out lately so let's see if I can cover a lot in one here. I'll work backwards.

We are currently in the midst of a board of trustees meeting here in Juneau for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (my employer). I've been wanting to meet one of our investment advisors for a while who lives in Wayland, Massachusetts, but I didn't have the chance until today. All I did was introduce myself and tell him that I grew up in the town next to Wayland. It's always fun to make connections like that so far away. We had a wonderful but brief conversation. He asked me what I thought of my decision to move here from Boston. Without hesitation, I said it was the best decision of my life. I love Juneau and couldn't be happier.

That's the truth.

Our weather has been perfect lately. It snowed last week but then it cleared up with a dramatic temperature drop into the 0-20s. I-DEAL. The Mendenhall Ice Cave has been the place to be in the last year, and the current conditions mean that instead of a grueling and treacherous hike, you can access the cave via a leisurely stroll across Mendenhall Lake. It's still a 3-hour trip and 5+ miles, but it's still very easy. I saw someone in a foam neck brace in the cave the other day. Even Butters the Puppy made it no problem.

Here are a few pictures:

Simba/Rafiki Moment

The other day, we woke to 6 inches of fresh snow and sunshine. Everything in Juneau looked amazing. Even though I worked most of the day, I could not believe how beautiful Juneau looked that day. Around sunset, I thought that Juneau could not have a more perfect day.

Then the northern lights came out.

I will likely have another post soon about my crazy schedule lately. I'm just squeezing this one as it is though. I'm anticipating no life until April given my upcoming schedule.

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