Good Morning

Morning sunrise (9:13am, official sunrise today occurred at 8:47am) and Otis looking the wrong way.It was 10 degrees [F] this morning, 11 with the wind chill? So, the actual temperature at our house must have...

Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Fairbanks!

Today is October 11th!  The temperature forecast for Dover, NH is 62 [deg F];  Stillwater, MN will be 76;  Cincinnati, OH will be about 86.  Here in Fairbanks it will be 31 and guess what! ...

Good Morning

At 7:40 am this morning there was no sun. Dawn had begun about 40 minutes earlier and now while I am writing this at 8:01 am it is still dawn. The Sun won't rise for...

Recent photos

Some of you may have noticed that the quality of my flickr photos have gotten a little better recently. It doesn't have anything to do with my photography skills. You could throw a camera at...

Aurora Tonight!

And it was a great show. It lasted about one hour, but was only really bright, and I mean REALLY bright for about 10 or 15 minutes. I've seen the whole sky lit up pretty...

Elliot Highway

Kate and I took a drive up the Elliott Highway today. It starts in Fox, just north of Fairbanks and ends at the Manley Hot Springs after crossing the famous Dalton Highway. I had hoped...

Starvation Gulch at UAF

It's a really, really big bonfire. Actually it was 4 really big bonfires, each one bigger than the first. They kind of surround the crowd in a semicircle. It gets incredibly hot on the inside...

Some More Pictures to Check Out

So, my friend, colleague, and classmate, Jason has been taking some great aurora photos here in Fairbanks. I strongly urge you to check them out on his flickr site here. He's also a really good...

Elusive Denali

I finally got a picture of it to share. It's pretty lousy, but still awesome seeing as its about 150 miles away. I took this picture outside the Reichardt Building at UAF on the morning...

Last Week

Last week was our first really hard week. Lots of homework due, lots of class planning and grading, additional non-homework classwork, then there's the time spent just trying to figure out what is going on....

Four Oddities of Fairbanks (from an outsider)

(1) So the last week has been (apparently) unseasonably warm here in Fairbanks. That being said, the last two days we have woken up to 32 [deg F] temperatures. Even though the mornings are crisp,...

Beautiful, Beautiful Denali National Park

Denali National Park is gorgeous. I will be posting most of the pictures on flickr (Denali Set) over the next couple of days, but for now I'll just share some highlight photos. We went on...

1st Day of School

My classes have officially begun! When Kate dropped me off today in front of the Reichardt Building (physics, chemistry, and geology departments) we were treated to a fantastic view of the Alaska Range. The building...

September 1st, not quite a frost

But, it did get a little chilly. The car told me it was 36 [deg F] this morning. The leaves are more yellow when compared with yesterday. Yes, Autumn is officially here.

All Photos Have Been Posted!

All the pictures Kate and I have taken from the drive and the first couple of weeks in Fairbanks have been posted to my Flickr account.http://www.flickr.com/photos/leepetersen/If you haven't used Flickr much before, I have organized...

The Trip, (continued) LAST DAY!

Whitehorse, Yukon to Fairbanks, Alaska! Driving was getting tiring, but the scenery was unbelievable. I think we had been driving alongside big mountains for about a thousand miles. We left pretty early in the morning...

The Trip, (continued) Day 6

Fort Nelson, British Columbia to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory Enter the Canadian Rockies. It’s a lot like the U.S. Rockies without the people and places. In other words, they are very nice. Today starts a stretch...

The Trip (continued), Day 5

Edmonton, Alberta to Fort Nelson, British Columbia Today we drove through land that reminds me very much of eastern Montana or Wyoming. There are very dry, rolling, slightly rocky hills and very few towns. The...

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