Itís been a damp week, with brief periods of sunshine interspersed. I continue to be surprised that frost hasnít arrived. Iím sure it will soon enough; in the meantime Iím enjoying the cool (but not cold) temperatures.
With the arrival of fall, many mushers, whether recreational or competitive, begin training for the season. Short, early-morning runs with the team hooked up to a 4-wheeler (i.e, ATV) are typical. After lounging around for the summer, the dogs are excited to get back in to harness and yap their excitement while hooking up (fortunately, all our neighbors are early risers too!). Seeing hares and grouse darting off the trail as we go by only adds to their excitement. Itís an enjoyable way to start the day and observe the changes of the season.
Here's the latest article from the Alaska site at BellaOnline.com.
Trees and shrubs of Alaska
In September, as fall descends upon Alaska and the deciduous trees turn gold and then become bare, one is more keenly aware of the species of trees and shrubs found in Alaska. Hereís a brief guide to the major trees and shrub groups in the state.
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