Monthly Archives: August 2014

“Did you feel that?”

That was the text I received on Saturday evening, which was followed by: “Damn, I hate earthquakes.” I was out working in the yard and didn’t notice the brief shake. As it turns out, the quake was a 5.1 centered 45 miles or so northwest of town in the Minto area. It was a shallow bugger, at 10 miles deep, and we’ve had upwards of 200 aftershocks since then, which I haven’t felt either.

Isn’t it still August?

Frost returned to Fairbanks overnight.

Record Rain

Rain Soaked Fairbanks

This afternoon’s rain shower officially put the Summer of 2014 in the books for the wettest summer on record in Fairbanks. The 11.62″ of rain broke the 1930 record of 11.59″.

Photo Credit: Erin Corneliussen/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

The stuff that dreams are made of…

Raven Idol

Top Brew States

Wisconsin over Iowa?

My main interest in this post, besides the listing of craft brews, is that one friend will like the above picture, and another will probably stop watching the blog for a few days.

At any rate, Thrillist ranked each state based on their local beers. Mississippi came in dead last at #50. Iowa was #34, with Toppling Goliath coming in as their top beer. Alaska #25, with Midnight Sun Berserker & Anchorage Bitter Monk taking top honors. Texas was #20, with venerable Shiner getting mentioned as well as Jester King & Saint Arnold. Minnesota came in at #16, with Dangerous Man Brewing, Summit, and several others getting mentioned. Wisconsin #7 (which should surprise no one) with New Glarus’ Spotted Cow taking top honors. Oregon topped out the list.

Come on Iowa, you’re lagging behind.

Image Credit: Jennifer Bui

Check out Thrillist for the complete state listing.

Moving On

Sandhill Crane

The sandhill cranes are migrating through the Interior. I have quite a few of them hanging around the cabin right now. Everything is so wet from the rainy summer, that the cranes have plenty of marshland right now to romp through. Of course, in a couple of months, I’ll be able to walk over it, but the cranes will be long gone by then.

Remembering Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley

It was 20 years ago this week, when Jeff Buckley released his album Grace. Grace was Buckley’s first and only complete, studio release. Sales were initially slow, and reviews were mixed. An album that “Rolling Stone” magazine now includes in their 500 Best Albums of All Time, received only a lukewarm, at best, review from that magazine when it came out in August of 1994. Over the past two decades, however, the freshman album has gained in critical stature.

Track #6 on the Grace album was Buckley’s cover of the Leonard Cohen song, “Hallelujah”, which remains his most well known song. When the Boston Red Sox honored the Boston Marathon bombing victims at Fenway Park, the montage was set to Buckley’s version of “Hallelujah”.

Bob Dylan called Buckley “one of the best songwriters of the decade”, and David Bowie named Grace as his “Desert Island Album”. Jeff Buckley drowned on May 29, 1997 in Wolf River Harbor, Memphis, TN while waiting for his band to arrive to record a second studio album. Buckley jumped in the river to swim, fully clothed, singing the chorus to Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”. A tugboat went by, and Buckley was lost in the boat’s wake. His body was not found until June 4. There were no drugs or alcohol in his system. He was 30 years old.

“… he felt an extraordinary sense physical and mental settlement.  
It was perfectly true; he just rather liked being at Shangri-La.”

James Hilton – “Lost Horizon”


Glacier fed ice bucket challenge

Minnesota Golden Gopher hockey coach accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge while in Alaska, alongside the Kenai River. Nice call out Klipp!

YouTube Video courtesy of Golden Gopher Hockey

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