I got up this morning and it was obvious that it snowed last night. Not a whole lot, but enough to leave about 1 1/2" on my truck. I made plans with my nephew to go out to his house in Wasilla (about 40 miles away) to install a gate across his stairway in his house. He needed to keep the little ones from taking another tumble down the stairs. It didn't look to bad here in town so I didn't think much about going out there. I loaded up the gate and my tools and took off for the valley. Following is pics that I took as I went to Wasilla.
This is what it looked like when I first left town
This is what it looked like by the time I hit Eagle River (about 10 miles from my house)
10 miles before I hit Wasilla
This is the gate that I built and installed
So needless to say, I think we can say goodbye to summer and hello to winter. Now to get my head all wrapped around the idea of 6 months of snow yet to come.
The Nenana River Ice Classic competition began in 1917 and every year since then Alaska residents guess at the timing of the break up. Above is my guess for 2009. For more info check out: http://www.nenanaakiceclassic.com/