Tuesday, July 22, 2014

making the most of my days off..

 at least i try to.  these are catch up shots.  just doing july.  so not really that far behind.  these are a mixture of various hikes and rambles.  was out at powerline on the day above and we ran into 2 different doodle pups that were soooo adorable!!  loved this picture of Blossom with her new friend.  seems like her name was agnes? or ethel...totally cute.
 Rio doesn't have much stamina this summer.  occasionally she seems too lazy to even bother getting totally off the couch so she lays her head on the coffee table for a bit...too much effort. she did walk the bog today with Blossom and i. it really does seem to wear her out these days. every summer i think her days are numbered and then winter comes and she seems revived. she really doesn't like the heat of the summers!!
 well, she does like it, but only to lie out on the deck and relax.  walking is too much. she does seem to get a bit winded this summer though.
 battled a few bugs in the bog though the numbers have decreased from last months onslaught.  i try to avoid the bug spray and just transcend the bugs.  really not much point lathering yourself in the bug dope anyway, these Alaskan mosquito's are tougher than deet.
 these are from a stretch out to Gold Mint trail and then on to Independence mine.
 MT joined me on that one.  seems like a long time ago.  summers go so dang fast.  in a way it's good, the chickweed is killing me.
 every day is so different . i start to get my favorite trails for this and for that.  gold mint is beautiful in the fall..as are many places.  fall is awesome up here!!  want to hit the tundra.
 after the bog i came home and settled Rio in, then Blossom and i headed off to Byron Glacier. it's always a pretty little hike.  Blossom loves it as it follows cool river of water.
 as far as i can see the families are still waiting for their loved ones from the Malyasian Jet that was shot down over Ukraine.  feel so badly for them as these bodies seem to be being held in limbo by rebels.  i can see why they don't want the world to get the evidence, but i think it's pretty clear what happened and who is responsible.  rebels are that rebels.  it's not like it's some controlled military who follow commands.  i can just see some idiots who were left responsible for weaponry way beyond their comprehension.  they probably just saw the plane and joked with each other, do you think we can hit that...not fully understanding the range or what the possible repurcussions could be of such an act.
 these poor familys' loved ones are being held hostage by the situation. blame Russia...well, i don't think anyone doubts where the rebels got these high powered weapons.  hate to lay total blame on the Russians. there are some good old USA weapons that i've no doubt have come into the wrong hands and some people we have spent money training and later regretting the time and trust.  never really sure why we develop these things and then share them at all.
 it's a violent world we live in.  i am just grateful each day that i live in peace.  that my day to day life seems to be so protected.  you never know when that will change.
 it was relaxing to cruise up the Byron Glacier trail. mostly tourists out there. nice family that appears to have just came in to town yesterday for their big Alaskan vacation from India.  they were pretty happy with day 1 i could tell.  i took several photo's of them in the snow cave.
 these ruins are cool anytime of year.
 i have the kid quilts back here and pinned one.  i need to put the backs and batting in and then sew them up.  then finally we can get them tied and mailed off.  hope they aren't too late and do bring comfort to my friends girls over the next few years as they move forward without their mom. was hoping to get these off long ago...but soon.
 the ebola virus has now killed over 500 on it's latest trek across West Africa.  hope i never come into contact with that one. sounds awful.  people move around a lot more now and so these things can spread so much quicker.
 guess Israel and Hamas had a 2 hour cease fire the other day just for humanitarian purposes...they stopped so the red cross could get in and remove bodies and injured.  seems so strange that you can stop a war for a few hours and then just start again...Palestinians stand no chance against the force of Israel.
 Parnell and fish and game director of division of habitat are really getting a beating over what they have been up to with OUR lands. i 'm happy each time i read another article that blast them both.  i haven't heard of them changing their ways yet.  want to write to this Randy Bates guy in fish and game.  haven't gotten a note off to him yet.  what he hasn't figured out is that he will no doubt be the fall guy in this scenario if it goes that way.  parnell will come out looking good and someone else will fall.  it's kind of like nursing.  when someone moves out of the field and into an office they quickly forget what it is they did in the past.  i think many forget what brought them into fish and game in the beginning.
 doing what i need to do.  trying to make contacts to make sure we can take donations when people want to. they can always just send me checks i guess and i can take them down and deposit them if the web page isn't up, but i'd really like to get that up.  whenever we get tax exempt clearance i want to be ready to start really writing to some companies and getting on the lists.  would love to get on the PFD list too. may have to wait til next year for that.

 these are from another walk down to the beach.  another beautiful day out there.
 Blossom loves getting all muddy.  people still insist on making the walk to fire island at extreme low tides.  i guess recently a trio barely made it back, a boat had been launched to go rescue them but they did make it in. they were in knee deep water for the last bit.  the tide comes in fast, they were lucky.  it's really a bad idea to make this crossing but once someone does it, everyone else has to do it.
 it's not that people are incapable of doing it, just that it is a very bad idea.  for me the thing people don't seem to get also is that there is no place to safely put someone should they become unable to walk anymore....say a stroke or heart attack or terrible asthma attack.  they must carry them or the person must attempt to keep walking.  this is what makes it so dangerous.
 mud on the tongue.
 she is always headed out to the puddles to cool off.
 an ex pct from the peds unit at providence apparently got 15 years sentence for molesting teens under his care.  at regional a girl was raped by a security guard. the story is that she was in the ER waiting room late at night, he brought her into a back security room and forced himself on her.  lovely stories from our local hospitals.  you should be safe in the hospital from these sorts of crimes. both are arrested at this time though.  embarrassing and sad.
 the cairn artist must have been down there recently.
 weren't as many cairns as i've seen before but some impressive balancing cairns
 a new measure is up for the assembly..outlawing fences with stakes on top that can and do impale moose who attempt to jump over them.  i'd be all for that passing.  in my old days as a vet tech in L.A.  i had a canine patient who had done this very thing on a shorter fence.  that stake had broken off on the dog.  all the owners had seen was blood and they just wrapped up the stake in there unknowingly.  i couldn't figure out what bone may be there. the dog came in during the wee hours. the doc was asleep.  took some  effort to get him awake. i may have even taken the dog into the room he was sleeping in.  there was a lot of blood.  we got the dog basics and then got him to a day practice for further care.

 Blossom looks so small out there in the big world.  she should be happy and sleepy tonight.  i'm back to work tomorrow.  three nights then i get my stretch off again.
 hoping to head towards Valdez perhaps. haven't done a roadie that direction for some time.  maybe hit chicken...who knows.  i say that but then stuff comes up.
 classic car...i spend many a day in those back flip up seats with that back window rolled down breathing in toxic fumes.
 back to powerline trail
 green and lush!!
 the lupine is now giving away to fireweed, mushrooms are starting to be spotted.
 just to the bridge and back.  i believe tanya joined me on this one...seems we went a bit beyond the bridge to look at flowers.  that sounds like tanya.

 Rio went along so it must have been a fairly slow walk that day.
 always pretty though.
 a blue king crab is getting a great deal of attention.  saw it on yahoo news.  they are usually more of a red colour. they figure this one is just a mutation.  kinda cool though...a blue crab.

 the other adorable doodle on the trail that day..such cuteness!!
 a walk out campbell airstrip with LS and manny.  only picture i took i think.
 a few of Rio right after her surgery.
 i attempted the scrub bottoms over the hat. her tail dressing has now been changed many times over and she's still got it on and is totally leaving it alone.  no scrubs or cone needed.
still a pile of newspapers to gaze through.  i'm tired but did get the bills paid...now i still need to clean the cat litter...looking like a task for tomorrow to me.
thankful for...1- that lovely walk today and the snow which was both beautiful and fun for Blossom 2- my WARIS board...so far they have put up with me!!  thanks guys!!  3- mosquito's...i'm sure they have their purpose too..for me they make me ready for winter to return.....see that is a purpose. :-)  night.

Monday, July 21, 2014

last of Lost Lake and a few from a stop at the conservation center

 one night of work a week...i could get used to that.  sadly my pto bank is not full enough to live that dream.  i think this is some sort of grey jay?  not sure.  it looks pretty small in this shot, much smaller than it actually looked at the cabin.  there were at least 3 of them flitting around out there.
 it actually occurs to me that this isn't the last of Lost Lake.  i think i still have powershot pictures to load. i still have some powershot pics from Misty as well.  slowly i'll finish up old trips as i hopefully add a few new ones in.
 was getting ready for a little walk with the dogs at University Lake so i turned on the tv for background noise.  it had some crazy show about botched plastic surgeries and these surgeons who repair stuff.  at least they are seen turning a few people away.  one woman they said needed to have therapy sessions before they would consider her repair, another guy they convinced that the surgery would not actual benefit him.  he still seemed to go away happy.
 such a different world, i'm happy to be out of the parts of our nation where people are so focused on body and body image.  just seems so unhealthy and sad really.  i grew up in California and my whole life i felt fat.  i remember moving to South Dakota and realizing by normal standards i really wasn't a fat person.  sure i have a few more pounds than i'd like to have, but there just wasn't the pressure to be unrealistically thin or perfect.  perfection is way to stressful
 that in no way means i brim with self confidence, but it did prevent me from having any periods of self loathing.
 enjoyed our day out at the dog park.  Rio cracks me up.  if you say, "do you want to go for a walk" she settles deeper into the couch.  However, if you say,"do you want to go to the dog park" , she hops off and is ready to go.
 she still has that dressing on her tail that we have to keep dry so that is a bummer for her as she does like to go and wade in the lake.  it's for sure curtailed her wading options.  hope that dang tail starts to heal up soon.  it is, but it's so slow.
 see, the bird looks bigger here..grey jay?  birders?
 view from the cabin...
 these must be from the hike out.  we took our time on the top portion as it's so pretty with all those flowers.  after that we pretty much booked it back down the hill.
 Denali National Park posted a bunch of pictures of wildflowers with their real names.  they had a large number of flowers photographed and identified.  very cool.
 Hoping to take some short road trips these last weeks of summer with the dogs.  places i've never been and places i haven't been for a long time. things change so fast up here that you could go to the same place every week and see totally different things.
 at the lake today i noticed these flowers turning to seed pods...i'd never connected the two until just today.
 the Anchorage Daily News (ADN) is apparently now going to be known as the Alaska Dispatch News.  they wanted to keep it as ADN but wanted it to be more broad, not just Anchorage.  i think Alaska Daily News would have flowed much better than the Dispatch.  the Dispatch people bought out the ADN so i guess they get to name it whatever.  i just think Dispatch is not the best title.
 i know there are those who thought Walrus Advocates of Round Island Sanctuary wasn't a good name either.  admittedly it can be a long name...i do love our acronym WARIS though.
 ultimately Dispatch gets to call themselves what they want to call themselves.  i suspect no matter what name they put on the front of the paper, it will be a long time before people stop calling it the Anchorage Daily news.
 we stopped by the Sealife Center..another great place after we hiked down.  they have a few sea otters.  two are younger than a third one but they were having a great time playing  outside in their tank.  i had a blast watching them.  they are just so dang cute!!
 they will be here for a bit and then eventually be flown to a zoo or aquarium in Europe.  doesn't sound like it's been decided yet where.
 i need to get a few notebooks to start keeping track of things for WARIS.  just get more organized. my time, money, contacts, potential contacts .  Best to be organized early on rather than try to do it later.  i have enough little pieces of paper with notes on them.
 someone posted this short video on giving.  well a few.  i like the little video's on facebook that aren't all this guy sucks...negativity.  i always figure the world has enough negative in it, i'd rather try and fill myself with positive stuff rather than dwell on the bad crap.
 anyway, at the end of one they had a quote which i liked.  "we make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give".
 i always have my favorite quotes, i think we all do.  i still also like, "practice random acts of kindness and senseless beauty" and "everything will be alright in the end, and if it isn't, it's not yet the end"
 puffins were chilling in the outside area. love to watch them dive.
 tufted above and horned below
 this guy was cruising the shoreline at Lowell Point beach.  i think it's a cormorant.  it was super close to shore and Blossom was very interested.  she started towards it a few times then came back.

 more interested in her tennis balls than in the bird.
 she is a killer labradoodle and i have to watch her around birds..she has one death on her.  i think it was accidental as she looked pretty shocked that the object she chased in the woods ended up in her mouth.  the damage was done i suspect. took the bird to the wildlife bird rescue center, but i don't think things went well for it.
 no swans on the way home but this bird was out there with her babies.
 the little babies were cracking me up.  when the big trucks or rv's went by they would flip over into the water to hide.
 all these baby critters have a short time to grow up enough to migrate.
 a few from the boat trip in from Tutka Bay

 and the rest are from another stop at the conservation center.  so nice to have the pass and just drop by whenever.

 just read that another soldier got attacked by  a grizz today on base.  sounds like the injuries aren't too bad. surprising how many people survive these attacks. good to know most bears are not all that intent on killing us humans off, just mildly incapacitating us and moving on.
 still would not want to have the experience of those claws or teeth cutting my flesh.
 i'm pretty wimpy and i try to avoid pain of all kinds.  i don't even like when the mosquito's attack me.
 love the baby bison. so cute!

 loved the flowers, wild iris.  they were in bloom when i was there that day.

 work was steady last night. i rarely stopped.  just tasky stuff not that my patients hearts were stopping.  some days you just never seem to catch up.
 always nice to end up with the same patient you had and be able to see progress or in this case some progress and some stuff that looks worrisome.
 trying to remember where i saw this cute baby moose and it's mama.  saw so many of them this spring.
 oh...just remembered.  they were just across the street as i was walking along Patterson Road. there were two babies.
 Rio and i are both worn out from our days.  mine is more because i slept very little before waking and starting my day.
well, i shall turn in for the night.  just 2 nights off then back for three.  then i'll have a stretch off and i'll have to see about heading off with the dogs someplace.  thankful for 1- sunshine and rain, we've had a great mix this summer so far 2- sleeping where it's comfy and dry and soft  3- taco's...i love me some taco's!!