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Santa, We’re Good Boys….

Clem and ET visit Santa at Cold Spot Feeds


Pelly and Dawson giving Santa an earful

Happy Solstice!

Today is my favorite day, tomorrow we will begin gaining daylight!  Total length of the day today:  3h 41m 26s.  We continue having the usual bizarre Fairbanks weather, one of the coldest Novembers on record and well on our way to one of the warmest Decembers on record.  This is a strange and wonderful place!

We recently returned from a week visiting my sister in Gig Harbor WA, aka civilization.  It is always nice to visit civilization (and of course my sister!), and it is always nice to come back home and reunite with the boys, who were in “camp” for the week.  Pelly and Dawson are again banned from Muttessori, so they had a play package to help burn some energy, while Clem and ET enjoyed socializing with the other “campers” at Muttessori.  All the boys were groomed and are so soft and beautiful.


The Boys


U.S. Naval Observatory
Astronomical Applications Department


Sun and Moon Data for One Day

The following information is provided for Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (longitude W147.8, latitude N64.8):

        21 December 2011      Alaska Standard Time           

        Begin civil twilight       9:32 a.m.                 
        Sunrise                   10:58 a.m.                 
        Sun transit               12:49 p.m.                 
        Sunset                     2:40 p.m.                 
        End civil twilight         4:06 p.m.                 

        Moonset                   12:26 p.m. on preceding day
        Moonrise                   7:07 a.m.                 
        Moon transit               9:57 a.m.                 
        Moonset                   12:37 p.m.                 
        Moonrise                   8:49 a.m. on following day

Phase of the Moon on 21 December:   waning crescent with 11% of the Moon’s visible disk illuminated.

New Moon on 24 December 2011 at 9:07 a.m. Alaska Standard Time.

Winter is here….

Actually, winter has been here for a while; I think it is officially winter when the first significant snowfall stays on the ground. Daylight savings time is gone for another year. In Alaska it doesn’t matter whether we are on standard time or daylight savings time; summer is light and winter is mostly dark. I am glad I don’t live in Barrow where the sun doesn’t rise for two months.

I am happy when it snows, because winter can seem way longer than it is when there is not enough snow to ski or snowmachine, and I love running with the dogs because they are so happy when there is snow between their toes. They (not me) would rather it be 20 below than 20 above.

Just Clemmie and me out for a run in the snow

Bill with Pelly, Clem and Dawson on their morning constitutional on a snowy day

Out for a run with Dawson and Pelly

ET helping me do the dishes, he is very good at this

Pelly & Dawson with their Gatorade

Nothing gets the boys attention better than a cookie

It’s Been Three Years!

It was three years ago today that we brought home the redheads, Pelly and Dawson. I have threatened countless times to open the door and point them south toward Wasilla, where they came from, and probably will continue to do so, but I wouldn’t change a thing! Clemmie loves to play with them and takes his role as enforcer seriously. Although it took ET (my canine soulmate) over a year to accommodate to them, he now plays with them and he and Pelly instigate daily singing sessions. I could do with a lot less hair in the house and Jeep, but the six of us are a very happy family!

Bill and the reds a couple days after we brought them home

Bill with Dawson & Pelly (almost three months old)

Pelly (Sept 2011)

Dawson (Sept 2011)

A Run in the Park

July 9th was a beautiful day  so we took the boys to Denali for a run.  These runs are special, something the whole family enjoys as opposed to the usual runs around home. It was sunny, warm and perfect; Utopian.  The boys enjoyed the attention from people who visited with them and photographed them, and of course, we enjoyed showing them off.

Magnificent Mt McKinley, a feast for the eyes

Me running with ET and Pelly

Bill running with Clem and Dawson

Bill with Clem, Pelly, Dawson and ET at the Mountain Vista trailhead

Bill showing off the boys for admiring fans

Birthday Boy

Clem turned 12 on July 4th.  Since he is an adoptee, we don’t know his real birthday or age, but he was estimated to be 1 1/2 when we adopted him, so we assigned him Independence Day as his day!  Clem is a great boy, and it is still a mystery why someone didn’t want him.  Or maybe he didn’t want them?  Happy Birthday Clem, and here’s to continued good health my dear boy!!

A man and his dog: celebrating Clem's 12th birthday

Bath Day!

Today, ET got a much needed bath!  His usual groomer, where he has gone all his life (7 years) is on maternity leave, so we had to go somewhere new and it wound up being PETCO.  I have brushed the other three boys multiple times this season, and they look decent, but ET (aka PigPen from the Snoopy comic) would not cooperate with me, so he got special treatment.  We dropped him off at 12:30 and the groomer said it should take 2 hours, 2 1/2 if he didn’t cooperate.  Of course, I knew this was optimistic.  We decided it was a good time to run, so we went home, changed into running clothes, harnessed Clem, Pelly and Dawson and drove to the University to run, hopefully beating the next downpour.  The groomer said she would call if there was an issue, so I ran with my phone, just in case.  By 4 pm (3 1/2 hours into the 2 hour job) I had heard nothing, so we drove to PETCO, where I got an earful about my precious boy.  The basics:  not a good boy, stressed out, needed to be muzzled, couldn’t clip toenails, couldn’t be brushed out fully, currently in the dryer and would be ready by 4:30 pm.  The good news:  a discount for not being able to complete the job to their satisfaction, although he looks great.  The bad news:  a naughty dog surcharge!  I have to confess, he is a Momma’s boy.  I think next time (yes, they made a follow-on appointment for him!), I will give him some valium beforehand.

I feel pretty, oh so pretty....

If you notice his two lower incisors,  he broke them on a kennel gate, and has two root canals.

I'm de-stressing in Mom's sanctuary

I had such a stressful day I can hardly keep my eyes open

Running in Denali

On Sunday I had an irresistible urge to run with the boys in Denali.  This is always one of those things where, after about 15 minutes on the road with the redheads going crazy fighting for a front row seat, we look at each other and ask “whose idea was this?”  I drove down, figuring Bill could handle dog control duties, and knowing (or at least hoping) that they would be calmer by the return trip.  “They” refers to the redheads, Clem and ET always settle quickly.  When we left Fairbanks it was sunny, but as we approached Denali clouds were rolling in, and by the time we started running it was snowing and blowing.  But any day in the park is a good day.  Road crews had started spring road opening on March 16, and by March 21 the Park Road was open to the public to the Mountain Vista trailhead at mile 13.  We parked by the trailhead and ran to the Savage River checkpoint at mile 15.  Although there were a couple cars parked by the trailhead, once we started running behind the barricade, we didn’t see another person, the park was ours.  It was so good to be back in the park after a long winter away, and I could feel myself beginning to revitalize.  We saw and heard a lot of ptarmigan and there was wolf scat on the road around mile 13.5, all of which had the boys in overdrive.

We started running from where the road was closed at the Savage River campground

Looking toward the park entrance from west of the Savage River checkpoint at mile 15. The truck brought in some of the heavy equipment used to clear the road.

The McKinley Chalet boarded up for the winter, there is nothing open in the park during winter.

Pelly (aka Curious George) on duty, he takes this responsibility very seriously.

More photos coming to the gallery soon!

Running at UAF

It was a beautiful day today, so we ran at the University for the first time in a long while.  During most of the winter we run at home because it is usually warmer at the higher elevations.  It was good to be  back at UAF and good to feel like winter may be on the way out.  However, I long ago gave up allowing myself to be mislead by nice weather in March, especially early March, and I still have skijoring and snowmachining to do before winter is over.

Bill, Clem and Dawson running at UAF on a beautiful March day

ET and Pelly surveying trail damage at UAF from last week's high winds

Ice sculpture of Nanook, UAF mascot, at UAF

Nanook reflecting the sun

Nanook up close

It's impossible, but we always have to try to get all the boys looking in the same direction

Running with Clem

It is snowing!  At last some fresh snow!  But despite warnings of up to six inches of snow, we will probably be lucky to get a couple inches.  Why is all the snow going to the Lower 48?

I always enjoy running in the snow, but the only boy that wanted to run with me today was Clem, so off we went.  Clem is the best runner of the pack, and he is always up for it; he may be 11, but don’t tell him that.  When I get the harnesses out before we run, Clem is the only one that comes up to me and is ready to get dressed, I have to chase the others or bribe them with salmon jerky.

Our Clemmie, he is so precious

Clemmie checking out a scent

He is so handsome

Clem is a real prancer when he runs

Looking down the road

Only Two More Days….

2010 is almost history and I remember sitting here a year ago summarizing 2009 like it was yesterday.  We had a great year, especially the summer, which we spent going back and forth to Denali Park, spending a total of 21 blissful days hiking, biking, running and eating at out favorite pizza place.   I’m looking forward to that again in 2011.

The boys enjoyed Christmas, especially ET who opened all the boys’ presents and destroyed each one within 60 seconds.  Poor Clem took refuge on a sofa away from ET’s frenzy.  Pelly and Dawson were relatively new to the present unwrapping, but enjoyed the toys while they could keep them away from ET.   About 3:30 the next morning , ET woke me up, supposedly to go outside, but when I opened the bedroom door, he ran downstairs and went to the Christmas tree looking for more presents.   Who says dogs aren’t smart?

Pelly was the only one that wanted this toy!

I look so silly in this, Mom....

We are out of the deep freeze we had for most of December, with yesterday’s and today’s temperatures holding around zero.  Since there was no inversion and the temperature was the same here and at the University, we took the boys to the University for a run for the first time in over a month.  It was good to run there again, and the boys like it, especially running past the reindeer!