Sunday, January 18, 2009

Snowshoeing was fun and frigid. My birthday occured on one of the very last days of the severe cold severe.coldsnap and daytime temps hovered at a high of about -20F. I planned a great long trip with a yellow lab I was watching, but the dog wasn't having any of it. I didn't have snow booties for his paws so I can imagine without snowshoes it wouldn't be that wonderful of an adventure. It was still super fun and beautiful and the high tech lightweight snowshoes were so much fun to use. (I've only snowshoed once before, out at Chandalar Lake with huge old fashioned shoes that kept falling off and it was miserable!)The ironic part about it is that now temps are at about 40F above, and I was ready to spend today with a friend dogsledding, and that got cancelled because the trails are completely icy, slushy, and crappy. She told me that the word around her area is to not even attempt to dogsled or snowmachine, because it will tear up the trails even more, and then when it does freeze back up, it will be bumpy, dangerous and basically unpleasant. But we are planning on doing a winter camping trip with dogs when it does freeze up again, so fingers crossed that will happen soon! I am still working on my PBS documentary, which just goes on and on. The final process of onlining (when everything is place--all music, photos, footage, etc. cleared) keeps getting postponed but I am not minding the stable work at ALL, in fact it's been a complete pleasure working on something so worthwhile, and we're getting a lot of positive feedback. We had a small screening at Cyrano's, the local playhouse, a few weeks back and got a good crowd. Additionally, we will be screening at the Alaska House in Soho, NYC on January 19th as part of an Alaska Humanities Forum event there. Still trying to figure out how to get to that one and still make it back to visit family on Jan. 20th! (This long entry dedicated to Beq for gently encouraging me to post more info about myself!:)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

My backyard!

Can you believe this is Wasilla? Not bad. This is literally what I see every morning when I wake up (well not exactly when I wake up as the sun is still rising around 10AM and setting around 4PM but we're gaining minutes every day). Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm going snowshoeing, should be fun!