What Is Termination Dust?

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What Is Termination Dust? It is a dusting of the tops of the mountains with a very light snow when it rains in the lower levels. The rain freezes and makes something that looks like soft ice cream on top of the mountains. This means fall in Alaska is OVER. This film was made about 4 years ago and shows LOTS of termination dust for your enjoyment. (and relaxing music). You also learn the definition of a “sludge cup.”

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I knew it was going to be early this year. The summer was rainy, overcast, and cold. And the fireweed barely bloomed at all.

Fall Is Here in Alaska ….oops! There It Goes

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It doesn’t last long at all. Suddenly, this week all the trees turned all kinds of colors. And the leaves will be falling very quickly thereafter. We took a trip to the historic Independence Mine area near Palmer, Alaska. It was nippy (about 40 degrees) and breathtaking as always.

We made 3 more Alaska Bucket List films. Coming up!

Fall on the Matanuska River

Historic Buildings in the Independence Mine area

Moon over the Matanuska Valley

Sunset and Moon over Matanuska River

The Alaska Bucket List Part 1 and 2 – Things To Do in Southcentral Alaska

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I try to keep a close eye on what people search for on this blog so that we can provide you with things you are looking for. Recently, a reader was searching for “Things to Do In Alaska In July.”

What a great opportunity! I love to make films, and this gives me the opportunity to make some films I may not get to make again. For the most part, I’m going to be filming new footage of my bucket list. These are places in Alaska that Dan and I feel you just cannot miss in southcentral Alaska. This is the area around Anchorage, Wasilla, the Kenai and Seward.

Enjoy!
Here’s Part 1 – the Introduction..

Lynne

Here’s Part 2: Eklutna Tailrace

What Does The Lack of Sun Do To You?

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After living in Alaska for the past 9 years, I understand fully what the lack of sun does to me. I am sure it would do the same to other people. I’ve been thinking it over a lot the past week because after a summer that had 4 months of almost complete rain everyday, I am feeling grateful for the sun we’ve gotten lately.

This time of year normally is really rainy and depressing, but the past week (and this week coming up) has been nothing but sun and 60s. Guess we got a gift just before we get dumped on with our usual 70+ inches of snow.

I’ve tried the S.A.D. lamp, and I’ve tried Vitamin D supplements. The supplements gave me severe stomach aches, and the lamps are something you have to be consistent with. And the light has to go into your eyes, at least indirectly. So you have to sit and read and have your eyes at least facing the lamp.

Now when we have days like we have had recently, I just go driving. Everywhere. Doesn’t matter where. With no sunglasses and the sunroof open.

What does it feel like when you’re Vitamin D deprived? You feel like you want to sleep all the time, and you feel disoriented and cranky about every little thing.

So, if you’re feeling like you’ve been indoors too much lately – go! Drive, hike, camp. Take care of your body. It needs Vitamin D, and it needs a lot of it to store up in your tissues. This gets you through the winter.

We took the drives this weekend, and here’s what we saw.

Cute Mailboxes with Fall Foliage

Hiland Road's foliage is always ahead of ours because of its altitude

This mountain probably never lost its snow

(Note: click on panoramas to see full size)

Fireweed in its last days panorama

Hiland Road Eagle River Alaska panorama

Have never gotten this close to a porcupine to take a pic. This baby was so cute! He kept turning his back to me

Here’s a short film we did with information about S.A.D:

We Bow Down To You All and Two Places On Our Bucket List

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I’ve been making a detailed Bucket List for our full-timing adventures, and there are two places on that list I must see. I thought about this a lot today while thinking of those who died in the September 11th tragedy. It reminded me of another tragedy on a Spring day in 1995 that I was so close to.

Having been a mile away from the Oklahoma City Bombing and then emotionally devastated by the 9/11 bombings like all other Americans, I wanted to post this as a dedication.
It is a commercial that Budweiser aired only once as a dedication to the people who died September 11, 2001.

Someday on our trip around the U.S. we will visit Ground Zero and put a white rose there. and the Oklahoma City Memorial at night. God Bless.

Here is my collection of 9/11 and Oklahoma City Bombing mementos, carefully saved on my hard drive all these years:

Oklahoma City Memorial

The Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial is one place on our full-timing adventure that I must also see. I’ve never been back there since I took pictures right after the devastation. They have built it into a beautiful museum and have developed a “Lessons Learned” part to their website that is intended to help those who have experienced tragedy. You can find the website here:

http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/

You’ve Got To Test It and Yourself First

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I’ve been hearing a lot about people buying an RV one week and then setting out on their RV full-timing trip the next week. Now, this is just my opinion, but this might just be the worst idea ever. It doesn’t matter if your “new” RV is new or used, it is probably going to have some little things that need to be fixed. Setting out on your trip right away before making sure your systems are working is really risky.

After RVing for about 4 years total, we have gotten the chance to get used to all the systems in both of the RVs we’ve owned and were able to get it to the repair shop to get everything tuned up.

For the first year after you buy a new RV, you will have a 1 year warranty to get everything fixed. In the first year, you should camp more than any other time, and it is the best time to prepare you, your family, and your RV for the full-timing life.

This is just a little video I made talking about that. It is from our new series of Full-Timing videos as we get ready to take off for our new life. Hope it helps you in some way.
Greetings from Alaska!
Lynne

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