While California is still sweltering in 90 degree heat, fall has descended on Alaska. I’ve been informed many, many times over that we moved during the most unusual and spectacular summer the 49th state has seen in a long time, so I assume the summer/fall contrast isn’t so obvious every year. But for this year, the mostly sunny days have given way to almost two solid weeks of cloudy skies and rain. Fortunately, autumn is my favorite season, so I’m not particularly heartbroken to have to throw on another layer for the days that only see temperatures in the 50s.
The strangest part has been getting back into the school year with the feel of summer entirely evaporated. Every other year, as both a student and a teacher, the first few weeks to a month or so of school have always been accompanied by reminders that it’s still technically the summer season. I have no complaints, though. This perpetual drizzle reminds me that I may as well be inside, attempting to enrich the lives of youth, rather than being teased by the typical sunshine out of my classroom window, suggesting that there are more invigorating things to be accomplished instead. Luckily, there have been a few breaks in the weather that we’ve taken full advantage of.
Clouds still loomed, but John found some respite from the rain outside of Seward last week.
Not bad for a Monday. Rock fish, halibut, and coho.
Sure wish we could claim all these halibut, but alas… Our freezer got heavier that day nonetheless.
A nice break from the rain last Friday. The full rainbow was too big for my camera.
Not certain that these will give you super powers. Found on a hike outside of Palmer.
Time for this kid to get some camo.
My berry ID skills are about one step above “Everything Is Poisonous!”
Caught in his natural state: Moving.
Pleased that green is the overwhelming late-summer color.
These stairs went on for about a quarter mile. Calves were quivering by the time we made it back down.
Last rose in a field of rose hips.
Felt very confident about eating these…
…not so much about these, though they do look delicious.
Foraging for a well deserved snack. This little hiker trooped on for 3 miles without so much as a whimper.
Yellow with purple polka dots. Impressive.
The sun is out!…and our hike is over. Ah, Murphy, your laws rule my life.