Sunday, June 25, 2017
Kathy the vacation planner decided Solstice would be more fun farther North. She also knew I would not be going there in August as I would be in Idaho trying to see the eclipse. So reservations were made after weather checked ok.
We left the low clouds and rain behind and had a nice low traffic 360 mile drive to the hotel. Since it was chilly and raining when we left, I did not pack any shorts. That was a mistake as the temp was 84 degrees when we got there. It stayed very warm until after 1 AM. We enjoyed bright Sunshine at midnite and enjoyed an early morning walk in the daylight.
The next day was a long walk around the farm where Sandhill Crane's come to hang out in late Summer. There were a few there, but it is way early to see the hundreds that come in August. After that, we took the tour of the Fountainhead Auto Museum. It has about 78 running cars from 1878 to 1942. I love that place. Then we ate and went back to Pioneer Park in the daytime.
My trusty yet heavy Nikon D-7200 started to fail that day. It had a charged battery and I have never removed the lens since I got the body. Yet when I went to take a pic of a bird, it appeared the mirror was half way up. I pressed the shutter release and growl...click...growl...click and then camera powered off. It would not power back up, so I removed the battery for a few minutes and put it back in. The camera powered up and took pictures, but the same thing happened four more times that day.
These photos were all taken with that camera and it has been used several more days without incident. I am concerned though since I will be taking it on a once in a lifetime ( for me anyway ) trip to Easter Island in the Fall. I may have to get a new body and if so, it will be a D-3300 or D-3400. They weigh a lot less and have the same resolution which is important for making metal prints to hang on the wall.
I do like these Yukon riverboats as they could float in just a few feet of water. There is also one in Whitehorse Canada.
These boats burned firewood which was supplied by villages along the river, so most of it was Spruce.
She looks like a paint job and TLC is in order soon.
Posted by ZippyPinHead at 10:34 PM
Monday, June 19, 2017
It is looking a bit like Summer up here. People have planted flowers since the fear of frost is gone. Our poppies had their first flower bloom this morning.
The weather has been nice today with low broken clouds and sometimes drizzle. Low 60's and high 50's is great for lawn mowing and I did that chore for the second time this year. That long burst of Sunny days sure made it grow. Not a lot going on.
|Another Poppy soon to bloom|
Posted by ZippyPinHead at 6:53 PM
Saturday, June 17, 2017
This is a pic of the Sun through my new Solar Viewer. Nikon D-7200 300mm set to infinity manual, but camera left on auto.
I had ordered them ahead of time so I could check them out and also have them on hand when I get ready for my trip to Idaho to view the Total Eclipse of the Sun in August.
They are shade 14 welders glass bonded into a cardboard holder/shade. It adds a green tint, but most gold plated lens do. I did not like the sharp edges of cardboard, so I went around it with clear postal packing tape. Now it feels great and quick to bleed me will not get a paper cut.
Still using my phone as our internet source and it works great unless I take a call. Not many people call me anymore, text seems to be more popular.
I took my paper hole puncher to the range yesterday. My friend Pete joined me as a spotter and technical assistant. There was a minor problem with the scope mount and now it is on tight with ' Lock-Tite.' At the range, Pete kept it tight and I was able to put 20 rounds inside the 1-inch square at 100 yards sitting and using a padded block for forearm support, after all adjustments were done. It was a fun two hours on a clear Sunny day and we both enjoyed the view of the Alaska Range in the distance.
Now I will have to go back and sight it in again, but I enjoy doing it. This gun has such light recoil I rest my nose on the charging handle. The Match barrel is heavy and I think that is why it has no recoil. Very fun to shoot.
Posted by ZippyPinHead at 7:27 PM
Friday, June 16, 2017
I keep track of all spending and housing is our largest bill. Slowly but surely the cost is going up. Insurance is the big culprit and it always goes up. So when all costs are added, water, electricity, gas, taxes, trash, insurance, yard care and repairs, we spent 25,197.32 last year. It comes out to $ 2099.88 a month. That is for both houses Alaska and Florida.
Today was an intense 3 hour walk on the coastal trail. It was a great day for it, Sunny and 65 degrees. The trail is below the road most of the time and very quiet except for bird tweets. This is my preferred walking path due to the views and few people. We only saw three bikes and no walkers today.
It was too late to go to the range after the walk, so it is the agenda tomorrow. Two hours at the range and then a short walk to enjoy another Sunny cool day.
Still daylight at 11:32 PM
Posted by ZippyPinHead at 12:33 AM
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
I just noticed tonight that my last post was messed up and I can't correct it. It appears I made a mistake with the trailer pic and it links everything afterward.
Today was Sunny and nice for a trip to Costco for passport photos and a few other items. Our home printer had failed and I cold not make it work anymore, so a nifty wireless HP 6958 Office Jet printer came home with us.
Setup took a short time and Kathy is happy to be able to print from her Ipad and I can print from my laptop. I asked about refills and it is $ 10 for the black. It basically costs the price of the printer for a new color set. We only need to print forms etc, so black is the color we use most.
I slept most of the day as phone calls kept waking me up last night. I will be turning off the ringer tonight. These were on our land line we have kept. It is handy and some old friends only have that number to contact us. However, most calls are from poll takers, wrong numbers etc.
The weather forecast looks nice for the next five days so some walks will happen.
The yard is starting to green up a bit and I may have to mow it on one of these Sunny days. I have not been in the mood for yard work with all the mosquitoes looking for blood out there.
19 hours and 18 minutes of daylight today.
Posted by ZippyPinHead at 10:07 PM
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Today wifey decided I need to do Cardio Exercise again. So like last Summer, we drove to Eklutna Lake and started our hike. Most of it is four wheeler road and other than up and down, easy walking. Then we got to the hike part, rocks, roots, etc. It is 7 miles round trip. But I wanted to know if my water and beer and firewood trailer would be able to make the trip. I saw now problems.
She has made a reservation and be it rain or snow or sun, we will spend two nights on the lake. The view above is from the front porch of the cabin. No one was there so we checked it out. Not as nice as Barber, but has wood bunks and table and wood stove. The view is awesome.
This was also a test of a pair of hiking boots I had used but could not remember if I liked or not. I now think they will be lawn mowing boots.
|The city drinking water reservoir is might low this year|
So that walk kicked my butt. Now we are home and had dinner and watched some Hollywood awards show on TV. The kitty is happy and the home is warm. Life is pretty good today.
It is still twilight at midnight. Th magic of Summer in Alaska.
Posted by ZippyPinHead at 11:59 PM
|Thanks to Norcold for drawing|
Been enjoying movies again since I got the phone back in service. They ported my old carrier phone number over to my phone today. I checked and my dumb phone no longer has service, so I have it powered off for now. I will have to move a few needed numbers over to the free phone someday. It is an LG Zone 3 and not much bigger than my dumb phone and it fits in my short pants phone pocket.
I decided to get an M-4 rifle for target shooting and did not want to pay a lot, so I found one on Alaska List ( kinda like Craigs List. ) Kathy was not too happy with me making a deal over text and meeting someone in a grocery store parking lot with cash for an unknown gun. We rode together and with another text, a guy I had never seen, got out with a brand new M-4 and allowed me to inspect it. I gave him the $370 and he counted it and said thank you. We each got back in our cars and left. I have bought many guns this way, but it was a first for Kathy. She was so suspicious.
I like my mini 14, but for 100-yard fun, it is hard to beat a Stoner AR 15 M-4. My scope is ordered and should be here next week. Looking forward to sighting it in and hanging with Pete.
Anchorage is looking like Spring now. Lilacs smelling nice and flowers blooming. My yard is still brown, hope it stays that way a while longer. It has been a lot of light rain and mosquitos are out en masse.
Posted by ZippyPinHead at 1:07 AM