Down to the "Big City"

on sunday night i got back from a weekend trip to anchorage...the "big city"

drove down on friday morning, and did a little bit of skiing along the Parks Hwy, outside of Denali National Park. it was super beautiful, though the snow was deep, and at one point i was stuck up to my waist :)

once in anchorage, we stayed at a lil' bed and breakfast - susitna inn. it was sooo nice! my first experience with the b&b thing...i dig it. if you've travelled with me, you may understand my penchant for a free breakfast. indeed, there was no hottub, but let it be known that lodging in anchorage is waaaay overpriced. go for a b&b, they're great and most affordable!

on saturday we went skiing in anchorage for a bit (great xcountry ski trails) and then headed down to girdwood, alaska (about 45 minutes south) to see some friends from seattle at the pacific seabird group meeting. it was pretty fun, though it was really kind of like crashing a scientific meeting, as i wasn't registered and showed up for the last few hours of a three day thing. i saw some interesting talks and got to see a bunch of people i hadn't in awhile, so that's that. we took the "tram" up to the top of the mountain (it was at alyeska resort) and had some drinks at the bar/resteraunt thing. all in all, it was a great time.

the drive back on sunday sucked (to put it eloquently...) there was lots of snow and wind, and near whiteout conditions for most of it. evan was great and drove the entire way. hurray!

and now, on tuesday, the winds are howling (which is quite odd for here...) and i'm back in fairbanks. i'm working on my thesis stuff, and i have master's comprehensive exams on saturday. hurumph.

that's all for now, but be in touch! oh! and i "discovered" it's addicting, so be careful, but if you're into "those kinds of things", you might like it.