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— also known as my vanity gripe page

From sunny, Las Vegas, Nevada, this is the blog of Marc Elliot Hall, leader and system engineer extraordinaire.

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Wed, 25 Apr 2012

Playing Alaska Tourist (Part 1)

Having now wrapped up my project with GCI, I’m ready to have a few days of fun before I head back to the lower 48. (Wow! Don’t I sound just like an Alaskan?)

Two things I wanted to do before heading south were to visit the Alaska Aviation Museum and see some wildlife on the water. So, I drove south along the highway to Seward, Alaska’s only year-round ice-free port with access to the interior. There, I boarded the Orca Song for a tour around Resurrection Bay.


Out on the water, I saw Sea Lions,


A huge variety of birds, and the namesake of my transport, the highlight of the trip:


A pod of whales, including a very young orca, still juvenile tan instead of black and white. I apologize for the poor quality of the photos… The orcas were not cooperating, although the baby was so cute! The battery on my phone was about to die and getting these two shots was difficult as it was.


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Sat, 07 Apr 2012

Farewell Anchorage

My work here in Anchorage is about done, so this entry will be a dump of all the photos I haven’t been able to use in previous postings but still think are representative of my last three months.

The Tony Knowles trail down to the Cook Inlet is clear!


Look at those daredevils out there on the ice…


Sunset over the Cook Inlet:


The view up from Ship Creek to the downtown skyline:


A map of Anchorage as it was originally planned (from the Anchorage Museum):


Anchorage as it actually is:


I’m just kidding about that… This is where they store the signage for the farmers’ market that goes up once all the snow has melted.

Here’s the Statehood monument overlooking Ship Creek:


Last but not least, the best picture I could get of the Northern Lights:


Unfortunately, the lights of Anchorage are too bright when reflecting up from the snow to see much of a view of the Aurora Borealis. My chief regret from my time in Anchorage is that I was unable to get more than a smudgey glimpse of the Northern Lights.

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Mon, 02 Apr 2012

Farewell Winter

Anchorage has been a good place to visit this winter, despite all my kvetching.

Spring is nearly here…


If you look closely, you can see grass under those trees!


So now that I’ve experienced the harsh reality of an Anchorage winter, I’m leaving for warmer climes… And I won’t see the glory that is Alaska in summer.

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Sun, 01 Apr 2012


We've had several consecutive days of above freezing weather here in Anchorage. The roads have mostly cleared of ice, although a few patches of black ice hide in the shadows. The sidewalks are occasionally a bit dangerous, but since the second or third day of the thaw they've been much less icy.

Folks here in Alaska call this "break up", and it's much like you'd expect from a phrase like that — you never know what the mood of the weather will be; you never know what you're about to put your foot in; and you never know when you're going to embarrass yourself by falling on your butt.

Generally, though, it's shirt-sleeve-warm and pleasant for mid-day walks, at least for a larger guy like me. But when the sun sets at around 8:30 p.m., it doesn't take long for it to get quite chilly. The puddles ice over in about thirty minutes and footing is treacherous from not long after that until an hour after sunrise at about 8:30 a.m. .

When I go on my early evening walks, I keep an eye out for scenery worth sharing — during break up, there's not much of that, because the snow is an ugly brown and the roads are a wet black. There's not much that's photogenic about Anchorage right now. 

However, I did catch a couple of glimpses of spring greenery this week. Here are a couple of blades of grass just trying to poke out of the cold, damp earth.


Hope springs eternal! 


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