Huge hailstorm in Fairbanks

Jack and I just witnessed the biggest hail storm we have ever seen in Fairbanks!  Large hail may be normal for the lower 48 but not here.  Here are a couple of photos and a video.

Before and during forest fire photos

A few weeks ago Jack and I went north on the Steese Highway to camp for a few days.  When we got there it was a normal clear day but dense smoke rolled in later in the weekend and luckily we were on our way out.  The road we were on, US Creek Road, gave us a good view of the hillside and one fire.  A helicopter was scoping it out but you can’t see it very well in the photos.  Later the road was closed by BLM.  There’s a couple of Jack fishing shots too.  The grayling weren’t biting but I think Jack could’ve kept trying for hours….well he did actually.  To view them at the correct size, click on the top one and scroll to the right.


Past smoky days in Alaska

Right now the smoke comes and goes on an almost daily basis from the tons of wild fires around us.  We’ve had some really bad days but it can change in an hour and blow out and be clear for a while.  And it hasn’t been too hot so that helps.

Here are a few photos of past smoky days in Alaska.

(If you haven’t seen the forest fire photos Jack took back in 2004 on the Dalton Highway, click here.)

Click on the first one and scroll to the right for the best viewing.




Satellite image of Alaska – smoke and clouds

Here’s a satellite image of Alaska from several days ago, June 22nd.  The clouds are white and fluffy; the gray underneath them is smoke from wildfires.  You can actually download a large image on the NASA website and zoom way in.  It’s amazing really, how beautiful Alaska is, regardless of what hell it’s putting us through.  Here’s the link:

Satellite image of Alaska 6-22-15

Here’s what a wildfire looks like from an airplane. Fascinating.  Thanks for the photo Joe Kemp.

Smoke from a wildfire, photo from Joe Kemp


Current interior Alaska wildfires

In case anyone is interested, here is an image showing how many wildfires are burning in interior and south central Alaska.  The two down by Anchorage are wreaking havoc and there are a bunch around Delta.  Here is the website where you can get up to date info about this:

Wildfires in Alaska as of June 19 2015


Knee high to a backhoe

Here is Jack’s wife (me) as a wee lassie, apparently standing next to a backhoe.  A large one too. I’m guessing the photographer was meaning to show how big the tire was in comparison.

Yes it was the 70s 🙂

Judy in front of a tractor

Rest in Peace Steve Hollibone

We are so sad for Steve’s wife Christy who he left behind when he died of cancer recently.  It is a huge fear for all of us and Steve had to face it.  He undoubtedly had other stresses when he was sick and we are sorry for that too.

Jack says Steve was a good driver and a good guy.  We would like to extend our sympathies to his wife and family.  Christy, hold on to your memories and know that you made his life worth living.

Galbraith Lake