Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Okay, Maybe More Than A Taste of Winter

Normally out here winter doesn't really settle in to stay until December so I was reluctant to let go of fall. This year seems to be different . . . I've been sick the last few days so I've been able to watch wave after wave of snow showers roll up Illiuluk Bay with periods of bright sunshine in between. Today I decided to call an official end to the motorcycle riding season so I went on one last tour of the island. I've found that gentle riding on snow is not much different than aggressive riding on dirt - be easy on both the throttle and the brake and you'll be fine. With that said, some of the back roads out here are pretty steep and there just isn't enough traction to get to some some spots in the winter safely.
In the top photo, you can see horse tracks in the roadway - I was on the hunt for where the wild horses were spending their time. The bottom photo shows Summer's Bay - I just love how the colors of the bike match the colors of winter out here . . . .
Sorry I've been missing in action, we had company over - not really company, they were all dear friends - and I've been deliberately staying away from the camera and computer. I missed some amazing photos - an eagle on top of Little Bishop rock with the moon in the background comes to mind - but you have to step away once in awhile to remember why you're there in the first place, right?


Lori said...

I was wondering why you haven't posted. Sorry to hear you've been sick and hope you are now feeling much better! I thank and appreciate any pictures you post. You are my escape from reality and the hope that someday I move out west (because as you already know, I've been in FL much too long). Take care of yourself - it's so hard to overcome any illness in the wintertime.

Anonymous said...

I think stepping away is very important.
I've missed you.
Just so you know, the Redneck is talking about moving to Alaska again. LOL. I told him "Anytime. I KNOW somebody there."
I hope you're feeling better. Tell me. Does Wild Blue Blueberry Lager help with colds? I may have to get me some.

Bren said...

Little bro,
Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. I can imagine that it was intense to keep you down. It's good to know that even though you are at the ends of the US, you still have an open door for one and all. I know my visit is a wonderful memory I think about daily.
love ya

Frieda said...

Welcome Back! Chicken soup, hot liquids of any kind, lots of rest. End of nagging. I have missed your wit and window on the Aleutians. Did you find the horses or just the tracks? Been looking for you on the Office web cam, to no avail. Feel better and keep that camera clicking.

Carlisleboy said...

Hey Steve
Half the Island seems to be down with that chest cold. I take so much Vitamin C a day I think the thing is afraid to come anywhere near me though...LOL Knock on Wood.
Tyr to get really up to snuff before the 19th because that is the last night till Jan for the Wednesday Seafood All you can Eat Buffet at the Grand and I would love you guys to come over as my guests.
You got my number, just let me know

Mj in Md said...

So sorry you've been sick! As they say "something going around", though I didn't realize it could reach so far!! ;-) My daughter was down w/a heavy chest cold and ear infection...
Was wondering where you were, so I'm glad to hear it wasn't some more serious. Make sure you're better....don't want a relapse >:-P
Like Lori, you're an escape. My sister turned me on to your site and I just LOVE it!! I would so badly like to give a year to live up there and experience how different life is. Course, my cousin went for a year and she's been there 10 now!! You never know.
Take care of yourself first!! Your followers understand.
and thank you for all you've given us to date. :-)

Mj in Md said...

Sorry, I meant to note, I've been watching those snow showers via the DH Webcams....what a really cool perspective on things!

Alaska Steve said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words. Freida, I did find the horses, at a distance anyways. They looked like they wanted to be left alone so I didn't get any closer. Jen and the Redneck move on up, you'd fit right in . . . Brian, that sounds like a plan, the 19th is when Goldfish and I celebrate our "Island Anniversary", the date we moved out here together. But you can be our guest, no worries . .

Lothian said...

Hope you are feeling better! You are working to hard again *placing hands on hips and shaking finger at you*