Thursday, September 23, 2010

Autumn on the Alaskan mainland

Below is a slide/video of our trip after visiting the State Fair: Palmer, thru Glenallen down to McCarthy (next to the Kennicutt mine) at Wrangle-St.Elias National Park. Went up 3 glaciers on vacation (more about those another day perhaps).

It was the last week of August and the first week of September. On the way back, the leaves had lost their oranges and even many of the yellow ones had fallen.

The further north and the higher in altitude, the earlier winter comes. Anchorage is at 61 degrees Latitude north. Kodiak is at 57.6. Since each degree of Latitude is 69 miles, that means Anchorage is about 235 miles north of us. Glenallen is at 62.1, so about 310 miles north of us. In addition, Glenallen is about 1000 feet above sea level. So check out their fall colors!

The locals seems to really enjoy living so far from modern civilization and the frigid inland cold of AK. So I thought that song is something they would appreciate (even if there is only one road that goes towards their neck of the woods).

P.S. Here in AK, the treeline is about 3000 feet, according to a ranger. So you can see how high some of those peaks by the side of the road might be. Wrangle-St Elias park has some of the highest mountains (aside from Mckinley/Denali), lots of them over 15,000.

Anyway, look at our video on the prior blog, about Old Woman Trail in Kodiak taken just 3 - 4 days before today's video....for a comparison of how much greener it is here in Kodiak, at sea level and 300 miles south.

By the time we got back, Kodiak's Pushky had started to turn brown. Now the wild grasses are also changing. But the trees are still nice and green. And my lawn still keeps growing and growing; that is good.'ll need at least one more mowing! Darn it!

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