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Old 03-17-2014, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Well, there are all kinds of activities taking place around Fairbanks this week, which will give you plenty of opportunities for taking pictures. Hopefully you will have another chance to see the Auroras.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:00 PM
 
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Tomorrow I'm going on a nature walk at Creamer's Field; today I just walked around where I'm staying (before a quick trip into Fairbanks), relished the quiet and enjoyed the scenery.

Always love watching the night sky, Aurora or no--and while it is glorious when it gets really bright, I also love the lower-level lights in the dark sky; there is something haunting about them.

I haven't seen any of the winter games events yet; have you? Figure you will have some good photos of events, along with the opening ceremonies.
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:05 PM
 
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Tomorrow I'm going on a nature walk at Creamer's Field; today I just walked around where I'm staying (before a quick trip into Fairbanks), relished the quiet and enjoyed the scenery.

Always love watching the night sky, Aurora or no--and while it is glorious when it gets really bright, I also love the lower-level lights in the dark sky; there is something haunting about them.

I haven't seen any of the winter games events yet; have you? Figure you will have some good photos of events, along with the opening ceremonies.
The opening ceremony was last evening (Sunday), and I haven't had the time to attend any of the games. Maybe Friday, since I don't work that day (the beginning of Spring Break) I can go and take photos of whatever is happening at the moment. I will have to check the schedule of event's before Friday, and then decide what to do. The Native events are always interesting, but I prefer to take pictures outdoors with lots of daylight. I believe that the Open North American Championship (Unlimited sled dog race) takes place Friday through Sunday, so I have to look around for a good spot to take pictures from with the sun on my back. Last year I was taking photos by the Golf Course at Farmers Loop, and it was very difficult since there was just too much light from the snow being reflected toward the camera. I will have to find a better spot, I guess

About the night sky, I imagine that you have already noticed how clear the skies are on a dark night when standing on high ground around Fairbanks? I love to watch the stars all over the sky. I would think that it's the same in some of the desert areas of Arizona (clear skies and lots of stars to look at).
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:31 PM
 
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The opening ceremony was last evening (Sunday), and I haven't had the time to attend any of the games. Maybe Friday, since I don't work that day (the beginning of Spring Break) I can go and take photos of whatever is happening at the moment. I will have to check the schedule of event's before Friday, and then decide what to do. The Native events are always interesting, but I prefer to take pictures outdoors with lots of daylight. I believe that the Open North American Championship (Unlimited sled dog race) takes place Friday through Sunday, so I have to look around for a good spot to take pictures from with the sun on my back. Last year I was taking photos by the Golf Course at Farmers Loop, and it was very difficult since there was just too much light from the snow being reflected toward the camera. I will have to find a better spot, I guess

About the night sky, I imagine that you have already noticed how clear the skies are on a dark night when standing on high ground around Fairbanks? I love to watch the stars all over the sky. I would think that it's the same in some of the desert areas of Arizona (clear skies and lots of stars to look at).
Yes, I love how the stars sparkle. Including all visits I have been here during all moon phases--love watching the moon and stars both here and in Arizona. I live on the eastern outskirts of the sprawling Phoenix Metro Valley and when I moved to the outskirts in 2004, nothing was out there and the sky just glittered. Sadly as the urban sprawl extended outward, the night sky lost a lot of its brilliance--same thing that happens anywhere--though I have still seen some lovely moonrises, night skies, moonsets, meteor showers, and the occasional fireball!
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Old 03-18-2014, 02:45 PM
 
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Last night was a fine night--clear and calm, and grew warmer as the night progressed. The lights appeared and danced, and remained faintly there even after the 'show' was over.

The earth is 'tilting' especially in that first picture because I was walking from my room over to the main viewing area, stopping along the way as the lights changed, slipping and sliding as I maneuvered around somebody's car. At least I didn't fall and slide under it.

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I hear one of the sporting events was/is at Ski Land today (started at 11:30); wondering how they will handle the crowds up there. I've driven up there just to check out the view and there doesn't seem to be room enough up there for a ton of spectators; maybe they'll shuttle folks in.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:13 PM
 
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Went to the Biathlon Ski/Shoot event out at Birch Hill today. There was a nice-sized group in the bleachers cheering everyone on. They really had a nice day for this. Look forward to the closing ceremonies on Saturday (my last night here); figure that will be a nice way to distract from the fact my trip is drawing to a close.

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Went on that nature walk at Creamer's Field and while we didn't see a lot of wildlife, I still enjoyed the walk.

Someone had been living here (not recently).

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The guide said these were snowshoe hare tracks (these look a little different than images I've found online, but I realize they'd change with snow/melting/wind/etc.).

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I am sure this area is beautiful in summer, but I enjoyed seeing it now.

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Aurora was lovely last night; I've gone a little crazy with Aurora photos, but I am so glad to have been able to see it again this trip. I don't foresee continuing my annual stays on Cleary Summit, so I consider myself most fortunate to have been able to come up four years running and to have seen lovely skies each time.

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Old 03-20-2014, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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All very nice photos, and the one of the Auroras is quite beautiful.

I certainly hope that you can continue visiting Alaska, as you seem to be having lots of fun

Just noticed that Ovation shows some active Auroras coming in, although the UAF Auroras forecast shows a number 2.

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Old 03-21-2014, 01:43 AM
 
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One reason for the trips--while waiting for the housing market to recover (I'm a homeowner in AZ, and we were hit very hard second only to Nevada, I believe)--is that I wanted to see if I really was drawn to this area, with an eye toward the future. My employer is here, though my specific position is not; still, I think it is possible I could transition into something else and stay with them.

My first trip up was so idyllic in every way that I needed to come back to see if I was just on a high from a fabulous vacation or if--as I suspected--I was drawn to this 'subarctic desert'. Whether I could ever swing it financially remains to be seen, plus a lot of other stuff would need to be worked out. Time will tell--but however things go, I have had four great trips, seen wonderful sights, done fun things, met nice people, and just all around have had a great time.

And the lights are back tonight.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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One reason for the trips--while waiting for the housing market to recover (I'm a homeowner in AZ, and we were hit very hard second only to Nevada, I believe)--is that I wanted to see if I really was drawn to this area, with an eye toward the future. My employer is here, though my specific position is not; still, I think it is possible I could transition into something else and stay with them.

My first trip up was so idyllic in every way that I needed to come back to see if I was just on a high from a fabulous vacation or if--as I suspected--I was drawn to this 'subarctic desert'. Whether I could ever swing it financially remains to be seen, plus a lot of other stuff would need to be worked out. Time will tell--but however things go, I have had four great trips, seen wonderful sights, done fun things, met nice people, and just all around have had a great time.

And the lights are back tonight.
Was up there near the place you are staying at, and the Auroras were great. Took around 100 photos. Anyway, just when I started driving down the road, I noticed something in the middle of the road that caught my attention, so I backed-up and realized that it was a wallet. It seems that a guy from USC (CA), may have placed his wallet on his car and drove off. That's why I found it

Anyway, I drove back to the parking area where the white busses park, and asked a few people if anybody had lost a wallet. A Chinese couple told me that the person who lost the wallet is Chinese, too. But nowhere in the wallet I could find his phone number. There was no driver's license, just several credit cards (some from USC), and some cash among other things.

I wrote an email to the USC Woodshop, since this person may have worked there last year (there is a Woodshop student card with his name, dated 2013). Hopefully they can call him and give them my phone number, since by now he probably is going crazy looking for his wallet----

2:30 AM, and the Auroras are still out there. Going to bed....
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:51 PM
 
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Ray, where you were do you turn right/east heading northbound on the Steese?

Where I stay you take a left, then make a couple more turns, etc--they do offer nightly tours and have a couple of mini vans they use to shuttle folks, but no actual busses come in here--though if they have a good-sized tour group they are making a lot of trips back and forth.

How fortunate you found that person's wallet. What a place to lose your wallet, keys, etc. Yikes.

I was out chasing the lights night before last; this last night I shot most of the pictures from my room, and some of what I remember best I didn't shoot, I just watched. Last night's/this morning's Aurora reminded me of 2011. Photos (mine, anyway) never quite do it justice, though they are wonderful to have.
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