Starvation Gulch at UAF

It's a really, really big bonfire. Actually it was 4 really big bonfires, each one bigger than the first. They kind of surround the crowd in a semicircle. It gets incredibly hot on the inside...

Some More Pictures to Check Out

So, my friend, colleague, and classmate, Jason has been taking some great aurora photos here in Fairbanks. I strongly urge you to check them out on his flickr site here. He's also a really good...

Elusive Denali

I finally got a picture of it to share. It's pretty lousy, but still awesome seeing as its about 150 miles away. I took this picture outside the Reichardt Building at UAF on the morning...

Last Week

Last week was our first really hard week. Lots of homework due, lots of class planning and grading, additional non-homework classwork, then there's the time spent just trying to figure out what is going on....

Four Oddities of Fairbanks (from an outsider)

(1) So the last week has been (apparently) unseasonably warm here in Fairbanks. That being said, the last two days we have woken up to 32 [deg F] temperatures. Even though the mornings are crisp,...

Beautiful, Beautiful Denali National Park

Denali National Park is gorgeous. I will be posting most of the pictures on flickr (Denali Set) over the next couple of days, but for now I'll just share some highlight photos. We went on...

1st Day of School

My classes have officially begun! When Kate dropped me off today in front of the Reichardt Building (physics, chemistry, and geology departments) we were treated to a fantastic view of the Alaska Range. The building...

September 1st, not quite a frost

But, it did get a little chilly. The car told me it was 36 [deg F] this morning. The leaves are more yellow when compared with yesterday. Yes, Autumn is officially here.

All Photos Have Been Posted!

All the pictures Kate and I have taken from the drive and the first couple of weeks in Fairbanks have been posted to my Flickr account.http://www.flickr.com/photos/leepetersen/If you haven't used Flickr much before, I have organized...

The Trip, (continued) LAST DAY!

Whitehorse, Yukon to Fairbanks, Alaska! Driving was getting tiring, but the scenery was unbelievable. I think we had been driving alongside big mountains for about a thousand miles. We left pretty early in the morning...

The Trip, (continued) Day 6

Fort Nelson, British Columbia to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory Enter the Canadian Rockies. It’s a lot like the U.S. Rockies without the people and places. In other words, they are very nice. Today starts a stretch...

The Trip (continued), Day 5

Edmonton, Alberta to Fort Nelson, British Columbia Today we drove through land that reminds me very much of eastern Montana or Wyoming. There are very dry, rolling, slightly rocky hills and very few towns. The...

The Trip, (continued) Day 4

Regina, Saskatchewan to Edmonton, Alberta We finally get a short day of driving. According to AAA Tripticks it’s only going to be about an eight hour drive. Since the odometer hit 3500 miles today, it’s...

No Internets Right Now

Sorry folks, internet was scarce in the Yukon, and we have yet to obtain it in-house. It will probably be sometime next week that it gets turned on, so I'll wait to finish up the...

The Alaska Highway Fights Back

It's day five and we have arrived in Ft. Nelson, British Columbia. After finally arriving on the Alaska Highway after a little over 3000 miles the car took its first hard hit. Coming down some...

Days 1, 2, 3

So it is day 4. Say what? I wanted to write every night, but it turned out that I would get to the hotel and pass out every afternoon. So today I'll cap off what's...

Still Packing

Two days left to go! No, we are not finished packing and no, I have no idea when we are going to find the time to finish packing. I love moving, but I hate the...

Today

The house is slowly emptying; boxes are piling up.  The morning air has finally cooled; ragweed allergies are atrocious.  Wednesday August 11th is falling on us like a rock. Kate and I were married on...