Springtime In Alaska

That’s a contradiction in terms, Spring and Alaska.
Our four seasons are Summer, Freeze-up, Winter and Breakup.
The Iditarod Sled Dog Race is now over, Lance Mackey is now the first four time consecutive champ, his team running 908 miles in less than 9 days, chased closely by two other teams, Hans Gatt and Jeff King. King, a 4 time champion put his best time in ever and got 3rd place, that tells you the level of the competition. Newton Marshall became the first Jamaican to enter, and then finish the Last Great Race. Many other stories are out there, 55 teams finished, 17 scratched.
 
This first photo I took on a business trip to one of my highway projects.
Me and my co-worker were up at Turnagain Pass behind a snow plow, that’s heavy snow!

KSP_3089 a Spring Time in the Chugach

On a nice day there are mountain vistas all around here.

This one is a 2 frame panorama of a high ridge glacial cirque about 60 miles south of here on a nice spring day.

Pan 79-80 875 Glacial Cirque

There is this song about springtime here, originally done by Johnny Horton.

I first heard it in a billiards bar in Moscow Idaho, where I went to college, way back when, yep nineteen ott and seventy something pilgrims.

Though it hasn’t been 40 below lately it was almost Thirty Below in Nome one day before the first Iditarod teams got to the finish line on Front Street.

Personally I like this version by Johnny and June Cash>>>>>>

When It’s Springtime In Alaska

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11 Responses to Springtime In Alaska

  1. Tatyana says:

    we experience kind of the same season changes here is Siberia so i know what you mean:-) nearly end of March and we\’re covered with the snow…. love the shots! off to listen to the music;-)

  2. Pat says:

    The first shot caused an OMG-yikes; the second shot an OMG-fantastic.Thanks for sharing them.

  3. catamaran says:

    Interesting blog.

  4. Angela says:

    What a wonderful world! 🙂

  5. Rambling says:

    what a Springtime! 🙂 Glorious!!!

  6. PEP says:

    I love looking at the snow that no one has trodden through. Such a beautiful sight.

  7. Fizz says:

    You don\’t look like you\’re back 50 feet! ;-)Wonderful… you\’re a very talented man!

  8. Flo says:

    "Stay back 50 ft." Wow. I can see why. Great pictures.

  9. fotosh says:

    fabouluos

  10. Jana says:

    wow, so many teams competed! Are they all over the world? And 9 days! that\’s a lot! Congratulations to the winners!I love the photo of the snow plower! It says everything!And the high ridge is beautiful!

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