So, it’s December. I’m still not entirely sure how that happened, because I can assure you that I spent the entire month of November thinking that it was October, and now, here we are, a month later (and apparently, according to my internal clock, two months later). I’m sure the warm weather here messes with your circadian rhythms, as surely as living in Alaska for a month in the summer will guarantee that you require less sleep. It has been warm here (Arizona, not Alaska), but in the week that I’ve been back after Thanksgiving in Colorado, we’ve had rain twice, and several cloudy days. It’s not exactly snow (and it’s supposed to be almost 80 on Monday), but I’m taking what I can get. Read the rest of this entry »
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I went out to the Weeks Bay Plantation today, and it was stunning. The owner used to be a landscape architect, but he’s turned his hand to organic gardening. While his current specialty is blueberries, he’s slowly expanding, and has high hopes for a farm-to-table atmosphere and event location. The plantation is on several acres, all of which used to be a conventional tree farm. After letting it lie fallow for several years (with the idea of letting any chemicals leach out of the soil), he began to turn it over to a blueberry farm. I don’t pretend to be any sort of expert when it comes to organic farming, but I have to say that I was pretty impressed with his operation. The blueberries are entirely fertilized with poultry feather fertilizer, he uses garlic oil as his insecticide, and any weed killing that they do is almost entirely done by burning, rather than using herbicide.
I grew up believing that the only acceptable kind of peaches to eat were the ones grown in Palisade, Colorado. To this day, I wait all summer, until late August, for what I’m convinced are the most amazing peaches in the world. I almost never buy peaches anywhere else, and the few times that I have, I’ve always been disappointed.
It seems, in so many ways, like I just got here. I was in Anchorage first, of course, but it really feels like I just arrived in Kodiak. I can still remember the bumpy plane ride in, the bright sunshine hitting my face as I stepped onto the tarmac, and the amazement at landing right under this amazing, lustrous, green mountain. I remember driving in, marveling at the water, (being a little bit more amazing at the greenery), seeing the harbor for the first time, and crossing the bridge onto Near Island for the first time. I remember my first walk through town like it was yesterday, and in so many ways, I feel like I shouldn’t be leaving just yet.
It’s been a while since I did an update from Kodiak, and it’s definitely overdue. The last time, I mostly talked about the surroundings, and while I always have more to say on that subject, I figured I’d throw in a little bit about my research this time as well. Things have been going well – I’m certainly busy, and I am increasingly feeling like, while there are limitations to this town, I don’t really want to leave. I want to find a cute semi-Victorian and obviously coastal house, settle in with a hoophouse and my dog, and spend time growing veg and knitting. And maybe doing research, because that’s obviously why I’m actually here. Read the rest of this entry »
For the record, I have seen exactly none of the above. It’s probably with a fair amount of relief that I say I haven’t seen any bears, although it is with quite a bit of disappointment that I say that I haven’t seen any whales. Fish – I can take it or leave it, although if you ask most people on Kodiak about that, they’ll tell you I’m blaspheming.
I got home to Colorado three weeks ago. I spent ten days at home, helping Sirius transition, unpacking and packing, and (best of all besides my family), got to run the Bolder Boulder. I wasn’t in great shape for it, but it’s one of my favorite things to do at home, and I felt lucky to be able to do it this year, especially considering my schedule for research. The day after the Bolder Boulder, I got up bright and earlier, caught a plane to Seattle, and another plane to Anchorage. Read the rest of this entry »