Saturday, June 30, 2007

My New Career

Going Ape!
Start tonight...being thrown in to sink or swim.......looking forward to it...even if I drown.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Surrounded by negative...

In todays world there are very few people who are not affected by the "cost of living", "confusion of roles", and "demands for more.". It seems everyone I know has money problems, gender or racial placement issues, and the never ending need to keep up with the constantly changing entertainment world. Ipods, digital cameras, telivisions, internet, automobiles, cell phones, and computers run most peoples lives now. What I am wondering...are these things worth the stress I see everyone suffering because of their toys....the stress of losing, breaking, keeping the internet up and running (most electronics now are useless without a computer on-line.) I dont see any of us, including myself, willing to give up most of the "entertainment" we get out of I am challenging my family and friends...You wont live with on Saturday of this week...thats tomorrow...I challenge every one I know to push away all negative thoughts....take a day for nothing but positive thinking...when you see that street corner bum...wish him a sandwhich to fill his belly....shut off the computer, ipod and cell phone...pull out the digital camera...this challenge is only for one day...and get your ass out and enjoy the free entertainment mother nature has provided for us....Did you know an ant can cross the road faster than a two year old boy...okay he was chasing the poor thing...but I never realized how many ants I drive over every day...that hide in the cement groves to avoid being squished....amazing...and Warren showed me this. Lets all banish all negative thoughts tomorrow...thank god that no one was harmed in that fire...and go out to enjoy the day...extruding nothing but positive energy to all.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Yep thats my Yukon....and Yep the sun roof was open...and Yep I would do it again....
oh ya...a new opinion from myself has been posted on my other know the one I am allowed to prattle on...and on...and on, on.
Sun is shinning and I have been out of bed since 5...funny how that grand babies till afternoon today...and i wake up early.....oh well summer is short...

Monday, June 25, 2007


Life returns as usual in by Buffalo wallow. Brittany did a good job of keeping up the house and it seems my husband kept John's celebration going well...towel molding in the dryer...still no coffee filters...and other than the clogged bathroom signs my husband was even home.
Britt met me at the door and helped unload than preceded to inform me her ipod and her digital camera were taken out of her purse while checked in security at Bitoz on Saturday night. 8am Crystal calls...her mom is intoxicated and cant take the kids...go's Monday!! So I am out of bed watching my house get torn apart wishing for a camp fire.......a safe gravel pit....and another Grandma!!!!!Business as usual in my home...

Thursday, June 21, 2007


Knowing she hates being the center of attention I am dedicating this post to Tater. I want her to know her inner strength and stamina are an inspiration to me. Taylor life dealt you a hand and you have thrown back...folded...and bet on amazing odds...girl you deserve your dreams to come true. I know many people who could not have fought as hard and would have given up long ago. Me keep up the fight and I know you will be rewarded with what ever you desire...Cant wait till you get home to show off your new found freedom...and as time goes on I am praying you will achieve what ever goals you set...Your Great Kid!!! I LOVE YOU!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Corrections to the following blog

Well in order to discover why those trees were buried I first had to figure out where we were. I was told on the Mat-Su river...nope. We were on the Kinik Glacier retreat. So of course we were following the Kinik river to it's head waters. Well now this story is pretty intense... It seems that the Kinik River is filled from many smaller rivers and glacier drain offs, but the majority of its waters come from Lake Lake George has an interesting tale with many native stories behind it...I found several sites discussing the phenomenon, I will let you research this if your interested...the gist of it is...Up until 1966 the Knik Glacier dammed up the mouth of Lake George. This caused water to build up and fill the lake to flood stages. As the summer warmed up the warm waters and rocks would burrow a hole through the ice and cause a major flood. Now this process is often seen on volcanoes when they blow or quake and "break or melt" the glacier system on them, but only a few lakes like this are formed and work their disasters annually. Now this was not a good thing for the natives of the area that occupied this valley in the 1900's yes they are probably buried under the rubble of many years of lake water floods. Since the village was wiped out no one has annually inhabited the would be an idiot. So Erica our land slide direction was off. As you can see from the map the lake would have sent water torrenting through that valley...shoving rock and debris up against the base of that ridge. (Located right about where the "ve" is in "River". So the mystery is solved and the lake has been steadily draining for years so we do not need to worry about a flash flood wiping us out.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Happy Fathers Day, a day late

WOW and AMAZING is what I have to say about fathers day. What started out as a plan to go fishing at Jim Creek turned out to be an adventure full of fun. Not the gut tugging fun a good laugh gives you but a calming, feeling of contentment that carries over the next day.
I was a bit leery about the work it would involve going on an adventure like this with the little ones but after they realized we were not going home...they too had a blast.
Leaving the road in the Bute we headed East falling the Matanuska river valley. We could see the glacier slumbering at the end of the trail. A giant sheet of blue ice with a rather large black vein down the middle where an avalanche melted and left its debris.
The trail was more a road until we came to a place where a creek joined the big river...four wheelers and dirt bikes were forging the chest deep water...we watched...judging the right location to cross...Josh's black Suburban, a maroon Chevy pick up, and the freshly washed green Yukon formed a mighty fine looking convoy, I am not sure the others in the area did not think we were crazy when Eric put it in drive and plowed through that creek with a 20,000 dollar vehicle...Warren was panicked when we entered the first and deepest part of the creek...when we came aground in the middle he was starting to feel the fun...the second fork was not too deep and an easy cross...Eric was on a high at this point and could not resist a bit of rallying...right up a sand berm...high centering us in the warm soft Josh and Heath were not as quick to follow but being men they could not let Eric out do them and someone had to pull us off the they to made the crosssing...amazing...the wall of water crossing the creek slowly broke and from it drove a maroon Chevy with a very happy but wet dog in the back...
after several jerks and a good push from the Erica and I the Yukon was free and we were on our way again.
Driving on the retreating path of the glacier I allowed my mind to wander...the air smelled sweet and the breeze was warm...standing up I road for awhile hanging out the sun roof enjoying the view. You could see the path on the mountains that the glacier hid for many years...Cotton woods and birch lined the bottoms of the hills inviting us to find new and hidden trails...through mud holes and rivers we went. Stopping often to share our pleasures of a wonderful day together. I would like to say...once again the clans went on a trip unprepared...we had food, water, fire started, and gas....but our of 5 smokers only Josh brought an extra pack of cigs...and the rest of us went on the adventure with half empty packs...even without nicotine...we had a wonderful day...all you had to do was smell the air and you could feel the tension release from you. At around 5 we decided we should probably head back...due to many off road adventures we did not make it to the glacier...but we did find the perfect camping spot...aside from the pit of course...a small river surround by a rock beach smaller tributaries ran hidden in the rocks Along the edges "midget cottonwoods and birch trees grew. At first it was quite eerie to see these "trunk less" trees. The branches started sprouting form them just a few inches from the ground...then I noticed some of them seemed to have branches sprouting from the ground...these trees were no more than 20 feet tall but they appeared as old as the ones on the banks of the Anchor River....noticing last years leaf fall undisturbed at their based told me they were not buried from year after year of spring flood...but they definitely were thriving even though their original root system had to be at least 15 feet under the gravel. These trees grew out of the stream in an army of midget cotton was amazing...but baffling.
Erica and I have decided that the side of the mountain must have sluffed off...many years ago...maybe during the earth quake...burying these trees in rolling rocks but not knocking them over for some many years later....they are still thriving. a perfect camp spot for a weekend of 4x4. Warm winds as long as you tuck in a cove to avoid the breeze off the glacier....we were all reluctant to turn back...the ride back we stuck mostly to the flats with exception of a minor stop while the boys "high marked" the Yukon and Suburban in a test of vehicles...the Yukon won it was able to climb the dune in 2 wheel drive...posy traction helps.
We did run across a stuck land this guy was really a newer rig he attempted a mud whole that Eric had wanted to try...glad we didn't as we would have hit it from the opposite direction and would have been buried in mud and water.
The back of the Rover was gurgling water from the exhaust and the nose was pointed took a few good yanks to drag him out...eventually he broke free and we moved on.
Coming to a small creek bed with water in it still we could not resist the urge and when we were through what had been two feet of water on a solid sandy bed was about two inches of water surrounded by allot of wet sand.
We made it back to the big crossing and realized out day was almost over...Heath made the crossing first this time so Erica could set up for photos. Josh made the trip and it was our turn...Eric had opened the sun roof on the last water crossing and all the water had sprayed away from the truck...I was reaching to close it for this one when he said "oh it will be fine" and took off...I knew I could not get it closed in time and with in seconds a tidal wave of amazingly warm water (for Alaska) came flooding into the truck...mostly dowsing the back seat...but we too were soaked when we exited the vehicle on the other side. It was AWESOME!!!! I know I should have been upset that my Yukon got a bath...but it was an awesome ride and I did not want to spoil the feeling by being mad....I got back in the truck and turned on the heated seat....and road home in wet jeans for the first time in years...AWESOME was our day...I only hope all who were with us enjoyed it as much as I did, and that we can get a group together to share the experience with again...even the gimped up in the family could join this adventure...4 wheelers would make it even better as we could send them to scope the trail for the large rigs that tend to get caught between the trees...although the path was broke by a buffalo with a few scratches to the door that can be buffed out...a stupid moose and wood pecker followed us trough...they too will be buffing their doors....I regret that I do not own a camera and was unable to capture this trip on film....but Erica took over 400 pictures I am sure....and is now working to post them on her flicker account. Go see them and enjoy our fathers day. Hope we can plan a clan trip out would freak out....and I would love to know if a Ford can keep up with our Chevy's.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

I am back

Hello I am on line again...and did you know that if you use GCI you are paying them 15.95 a month to "rent" the box on the back of your house...well actually GCI is paying ACS .22 cents to rent the box and charging you 15.95. hmmm whats wrong with that picture...and how can GCI get away with charging for "basic cable" when most of the stations are public TV!! The kicker is...I shut off the cable and phone...they still charged me 15.95 a month for internet...internet I could not access without a working phone and cable line!!! Said "you did not ask to shut off the internet." So GCI says I owe them 62 dollars but can not tell me I pay it??? of course or they will send me to collections....but why must I pay something they can not even tell me why the charge is on my acccount...tried to say I had a cable box I needed to return...that did not work out so well for them since I only supposedly had "basic cable" and you do not need a box for that. So then they decided it was fees and taxes...but could not tell me on now they say it is the internet I was unable to use anyway...funny cuz I thought I had their "package deal"...well I got a "package deal for them!!!
I will pay
gci and I will return the DSL box I have of theirs...the one they did not even have listed on my "internet account that I could not use without phone or cable....but I will not use their services ever again...I do not care what "deal" they offer...why should I rent a box from ACS through GCI...seems like an added expense and extra bull shit I do not need....My speed is not as fast with the limited package I have...but ACS is not making me get cable (public TV) to access the internet!!!
The finger is healing well...blister is still intact and my body is consuming it very rappidly...I am amazed at the healing process when we leave the body to its own....i got lucky and did not break the blister or it would have been a major issue. Still no feeling in the "pad" of my middle finger and the pointer has a few "numb spots" but it appears that blood flow is good and the extender muscles on the top of the finger are fine...still to early to tell if the flexor muscles on the underside have been affected...but if I can not bend it then I have an excuse to forever..."fly the peep at anyone anywhere and anytime....hehehehe. I am writing a letter to the makers of peep and sending them a picture of my burn...I am going to inform them they need a lable on those things about "roasting them" a peep deffinatly does not hold its shape as well as a marshmellow and that sugar coating does not cool off to quickly...maybe they will be glad I did not start a stupid law suit due to my own stupidity and send me a check for being nice....okay so maybe thay will print a warning and a small child will be saved from a burrning peep.