Thursday, April 30, 2015

lucky moose to not be in Russian Jack Park this week.

 3 idiot/jerk/a-holes...that is the prevailing opinion in Anchorage and i'm in total agreement with it...anyway, these guys started harassing a young moose and escalated to pulling out knives and stabbing the poor yearling to death.  a guy on a bike yelled at them to leave the moose alone and then called for Police.
The jerks are all in Jail now, but there is one less moose in Anchorage.  a very disturbing incident.  it does seem that society is finally starting to see the correlation between these incidences and a future of brutality against other humans as well.  there was a call for swift and long brutal punishment to match the crime.  people in the comments about the article were wanting names and looking the names up of these people in social media. they are adults so the information is public.
 in the bog.
strange to me that we have such protections for people under 18.  growing up the age of baptism/also the age of accountability was 8.  surely kids that are 12-18 years of age know that they should not be harming animals or other people.  they should know not to steal or sexually assault.  i just think all these protections for youth are too much.  some of these crimes should follow them through into adulthood.  it sometimes feels like society is saying...go ahead and commit these crimes...just do it before you turn 18, after that we will release your name to the public.  shame can be a powerful weapon against crime. these guys who attacked the moose were in their late 20's to 30's.  only so much that can be done as far as the law goes in these situations but i hope they give them the most that they can.
 woke up this morning to rain and the sound of sandhill cranes. love that sound.  this evening after a baby shower gathering i headed to Campbell Creek Estuary.  i heard more cranes but never saw them. another day i guess.  back to work tomorrow night for three.  can't say i accomplished tons on these days off, but enough i guess.  walks in and for sure averaged 10,000 steps/day all week.
 did two walks yesterday since i had that competency fair much of day.  since i had extra to do i was there for at least 4 hours.  so both dogs joined me for a walk in the bog in the morning and a walk up to the creek across northern lights on patterson.  Rio was pretty tuckered out.  a dog sniffing last night turned into Rio losing her balance and falling completely over.  felt so badly for her.  not much i can do in those situations.  it was a very slow walk back home last night.  she was happy to stay home today.
 the sunset isn't til after 10 i we caught it from the road last night.
 the pardoned family of black bears on government hill have been mostly caught.  they still need to capture two more of the cubs...that bear has 4 cubs, quite impressive.  they have the mom and two they will all be relocated once they are all caught up.  the moose carcass was collected and donated to a charity.  they have a system here.  usually it is used for fresh road kill...the meat is donated to various charities who have people on call to harvest the meat.  so at least the meat won't be wasted..though the men will have that charge added to their cases...since they left the meat to rot.
 another idiot on the loose but caught now...she was pulled over for a traffic stop on the Kenai.  the police saw her crawling over the seat.  she tried to "hide" in her trunk...sadly she didn't get her feet into the trunk area so those were visible.  she had fake id but the lady was known by the local police and had a warrant out...stupid!!  we are in a world with a lot of complete idiots.
 my old home, Ketchikan, sounds like they had a pretty wild wind storm the last 24 hours.  hope all are well there.
 another local idiot...or IMHO an idiot is babtist preacher Prevo.  he's a constant annoyance.  people who preach from the pulpit politics  should not be exempt from taxes.  was happy that my comment got a lot of action.  always fun.  i really do need to start writing more flaming is fun to  get published and i have a lot of opinions.  shouldn't i share them more?  haha.
 still have housekeeping i should do. the basics get done.  i'm not a hoarder, there aren't trails of crap leading through the house...when i die i don't want to be remembered as a woman who kept a tidy house..there are many things i'd rather have on that list than housekeeping skills.  i tend to have clean up times where i really go to town.  it's a good reason to have guests and me that incentive to have a mad clean up day.  rather my eulogy be filled with other qualities than cleanliness.  i remember when i lived in Ketchikan and we'd had a stretch of rainy weather for weeks and weeks.  finally the sun was out.  the next night i asked a co-worker what she had done on that lovely day and she had said she'd had a lot of housework to catch up on so that is what she did.  i thought that was nuts!!
 Blossom enjoying more muddy puddles.  she had some car time today, but it's pretty comfy back there.  today we walked the gasline-powerline-tank trail. the day looked nice in that area.  later the blue skies returned over much of Anchorage. for some reason my "mapmyfitness" app had malfunctions on the gps twice today.  both times i tried to track my walk with in a few minutes it said i had already gone a mile when clearly i hadn't.  when i stopped and looked at the tracker it kept going and circling all over.  freak out. no idea what happened there.  never had it happen before. hmm?  anyone else ever have that issue?
 the big military helicopters and Army soldiers helped set up base camp for the climbing season on Denali.  they tend to do this each year and make it a combo training mission.  over 700 folks have already signed up to attempt the climb of Denali this year.  mid May i think is when it starts.  Nepal is still trying to recover from their quake.  Everest is shut down.   no more climbing...the season is over.  so that guys who were thinking they would just carry on were shut down.  i'm happy to hear that. seems disrespectful in that situation to continue on.  i'm not sure they allow travel without Sherpa's up Everest...the Sherpa's are done for the season.  those high elevation mountain villages apparently were hard hit by the quake.  the Sherpa's no doubt need to head off the mountain and take care of their families and friends.
 a few snow patches on the walk today.  last years climbing season stats for Denali were 1200 attempts and 430 successful summits.
 this is looking back on the tank trail.  thought the clouds looked pretty.
 a quick stop at the estuary.  sounds but no sightings...
 well except another large bald eagle nest.  this one is a ways away from the look out point, but as you can see...there is an eagle in there so an active nest.  there is another nest at Potters.  i'm sure there are plenty more.  there are quite a few pairs of eagles in the city.  seems hard to miss these nests as they are large. once the trees will with leaves though, they will often be more difficult to spot.
 turned into a pretty day.
 tough to get out of bed when the sky is grey and it's raining.  had to living in Ketchikan so i really need to get better at just getting my day started.  did get a few things done around here though.  should pay a few bills and head to bed tonight.  always the bills to be paid.  such a bother.
 didn't see anyone out here.  the tank trail there were just a few out there. happily no bears. i get a wee bit nervous about bears or wolves out that way.  better now that the trail is wide open but still...
 three nights of work coming up.  we shall see...
grateful for:  1.  the capture and outrage surrounding those jerks who killed the moose.  2. that most of the regular folks that live around us are not violent psychopaths.  3.  being able to get out walking and enjoy the beauty of this place.  grateful that i can take photo's and share them with people. have a nice day!!

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