Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Yukon River Delta is a BEAUTIFUL place.

The time is flying by! The days have been getting MUCH longer, the sun rises at 7:30 now, and it's light out until about 10:00. The sun has been shining too, and it's even starting to warm up. No new snow has fallen in a while, and things are really melting. The school usually takes a cultural day to go Munuqing (ice fishing) next week about 40 miles up the river and we may not get to go because the river is already starting to melt and get unsafe in some places. This next week is state testing, and lucky 4th graders get to take the regular reading, writing and math, and an extra test for science! Woo hoo. Those poor kids are going to be all tested out when it's all done. When I started preparing my room for testing, I realized I hadn't taken many pictures lately and after testing some of these things might start coming down so I figured I better get some pictures! 

When I say it's been warming up, I mean it. The sun is hot and when the wind isn't blowing we're tempted to do things like this:

This week I got all of my prepping for the next week done on Friday, and we had conferences, report cards, and another early release, so by the end of the week I was ready for a full weekend to enjoy. I'm still enjoying it, and it's only Saturday. Here's what we've done so far: We followed sun spots around the house all afternoon Friday, laying in whatever we could get. Max made me a delicious breakfast before I even got out of bed. AND we just got back from a 3 hour hike around the ridge up above Pilot, in the tundra! We saw a fox, some song birds, lots of ravens, and moose tracks. Here are the pictures from our hike:

These berries are from the fall, and I'm sure they're fermented by now. I tasted one awhile back, and they are terribly rotten. 

Tundra Flora

Tundra Flora pt. 2

This is what the ground on the tundra looks like. Mostly lichens and mosses with some grass and plants growing through it. 

Baby moose print. 

Post holing. Notice the fox prints to the left, they are able to walk right on top of the snow. 

A GLORIOUS place to stop and lay around enjoying the sunshine. It was cold though! 

An amazing view of the Yukon River Delta. What a beautiful place we live in. 

This one's for you dad. Why do you think the ice is this color? Hint: It's very near the frozen sewage lagoon. 

49 days left!

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