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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Alaska In March

We were blessed to be able to take a quick trip to North Pole Alaska a couple of weeks ago to visit family again.  I Thought you might enjoy seeing what's going on the month of March in the arctic.  There was still snow on the ground but the temps hovered around 0, the coldest that it got that week was -5.  The McEwen household is a busy bustling place of home schooling, birthing of baby lambs and goat kids. Andrea spent every night sleeping on the couch and getting up hourly to check on expectant mothers.

twins are born

So soft and sweet!

Sheep, goats and poultry do well here even with the harsh long winter months.

This is Brody's seven year old Blue Laced Red Wyandotte hen Whisper from Chicken Scratch Poultry.  You can also see Whisper on our website from her younger years as a blue ribbon winner at the fair in Fairbanks Alaska.

The dog mushers race was on Sat. March 19th so we took a ride out to the Musher Lodge to check things out.  It was very cold that day and Larry and I were not dressed appropriately for dog mushing and about froze our butts off.  The dogs were so excited, you could tell they absolutely loved what was about to happen!     

My hands and face got so cold I would have paid anything to get 
this guys beaver gloves and hat from him.

This beautiful little girl was snug and warm in her fur lined sled. 

It was neat to see all the different fur hats, boots, coats and gloves that the locals wore.  

The fur action was going on before the dog race. Lynx sold for about $400, fox $300, wolves $500, martins sold for around $100. 

All the trucks are equipped with dog boxes that held several dogs.

After the dog races we headed over to check out the ice fishing a Chena lakes.  We drove right out onto the lake to watch the fishing.  There were several tents and sheds set up for fishing.  We spotted a guy cleaning trout, they are very tiny trout though.

This guy was nice enough to open his tent flap and allow us to watch for a minute. 

He had a small heater inside the tent and it was surprisingly warm inside.   He has a camera that he lowers into the ice hole to watch the fish.

This is one of the fishing sheds.  You can rent them by the day and they will drill the fishing hole for you.  That's on my list for next year.

Hope I didn't bore you to death.  It such a beautiful place with so much to do and see no matter the time of year or season.
Have a Blessed day!

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