On it's way out the sun slowly peaks above the horizon in Barrow, Alaska. Shot on November 18 the sun did come up a bit for the next two days but totally disappeared on the 21st. It will return on the 22nd of January in '11. Conversely on May 10th it will come up and not set until August 12th. Barrow is certainly a land of extremes!
Hello to one and all and welcome to our little spot on the web. We are located near the town of North Pole just outside of the city limits. North Pole has a population of 2000 but the surrounding area has about 30,000 residents of which are but 2! If you are wondering where North Pole is located, a map is here. The city of North Pole also maintains a web site. Winters are of course rough as would be expected in the Interior of Alaska. So far only a couple of days in the winter of 08/09 have been at minus 30 and colder, and that was in October!
Raider "WAS" the newest addition to our family having received him on July 8th, 2004. He came all the way from Salem, Oregon via Alaska Airlines. His current goal is to be a good Daddy to his new Girl above. The wee beasties name is Rika and she is the direct descendant of the Raider Dog and a beautiful Shepherd Princess named Jessie! She was born in December of 2005 from a litter of 12! My wife Shana has a webpage devoted to our dogs at Dogster. We do love our dogs, shepherds are great companions!
Shana and I live on the outskirts of a small town called North Pole, which is located about 15 miles southeast of Fairbanks. Winters here can be very cold and the summers quite warm. This summer has been a busy one. Seems we are outgrowing our house so we had a new 2 story garage built next to the house. Shana now occupies the upstairs of the garage with her quilting studio, she now has a lot of room to spread out.
My Davis Vantage Pro 2 Wireless weather station at the house has been reporting the weather reliably for the last 2 years. It is mounted to the base of my ham radio tower and is really neat to see what is going on outside. The only downside is that the thermometer ONLY goes down to minus 39.3F, not a problem in 99.5% of the world! My weather links are currently at the top of the page. You can also find my real time weather reporting at the Weather Underground here.
Our cabin near Harding Lake, purchased in the summer of 2001, has been a wonderful spot to get away from the rat race we call Fairbanks! Restoration and cleanup was a labor of love and mosquitoes but it is now done, that and a new wood stove make me wish I could call it home if my tastes were a bit more on the simple side. Keeping the critters out is a full time job, red squirrels are a constant challenge as they are extremely smart and have too much time on their paws.
On this page I have included some digital pictures from around this area and the state, as well as some of our interests. During the winters I have been trying to catch some of the aurora with my digital camera and the results keep getting better as technology, my skill, and equipment get better. Check out the Aurora page if you have the time.
So take a look and if you have the time please sign my guest book or drop me an e-mail to let me know what you think. This site will always be in a constant state of flux.
A great place to find out what is going on in Fairbanks is our local paper's site.
Shana has put together a web site for her quilting club click on the graphic below for access. Shana has also started her own business called Show Stopper quilts, with her new long arm machine the sky is the limit!
All the best or 73,
Andre & Shana
Last update --12 December 20101