Monthly Archives: December 2017

Year’s End

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”
—Hal Borland


Alaska’s Frogsicle


The wood frog

Alaska has two native frogs: The Wood Frog and the Columbia Spotted Frog. The wood frog is the only amphibian found north of the Arctic Circle. This amazing little creature will have 65% of the water in its body freeze solid during our harsh winter months. The frog’s heartbeat and breathing will completely stop. Yet, the frog will survive.

When autumn comes, the wood frog starts to build up a glucose in its cells. Its blood turns into a syrup-like substance, a natural glycol, if you will.

In the spring, the frog will thaw along with its surroundings, and then hop along on its way.


Exit Glacier: Video

I visited Exit Glacier this past summer, and did a post on it at that time. This is short video of that glacier. It has some beautiful footage of the Seward area. The glacier was receding by 150 feet a year; it is now losing 10-15 feet a day.

Film credit: Raphael Rogers, Paul Rennick. Film editor: Kristin Gerhart



Caterpillar


The Big Q

Now that we are past Christmas, and looking towards the new year, Interior Alaskans find themselves asking the Big Question:

How many minutes of daylight did we gain today?

A: Today was 1 minute and 28 seconds longer than yesterday.


Christmas Bells

Merry Christmas my friends!



Credit: JBugs


Blue Christmas – Eve


#Buslife Too

After I posted the photo of the converted bus from Jerome, I was reminded that I never followed through with pictures from my bus. I gutted the conversion that had previously been done, and then put it back together.

It did not turn out too bad. Three original seats remain: the driver’s and then two of the bench seats. The forced air oil heater has been replaced with a propane direct vent unit that does not require electricity. I considered a wood stove, but it took up a lot of room. The bus is wired for both 12v and 110, with a 100w solar panel on the roof. There are several 12v lights and one propane. The stove and fridge are also LP. The pitcher pump is plumbed to a 55 gallon poly barrel that is strapped to the bus underside.

Currently, the back of the bus has a futon, and the tools and materials are stored on the opposite wall.

The view from the front of the bus isn’t bad either.