The construction around the building is almost completed and I again have access to one of my favorite sitting areas outside of the building.There is a great view to the south towards the Alaska Range about 80 miles to the south. On a clear day, you can just see from Mt. Mckinley all the way to the range south of Delta. Today was not really clear as there is still smoke from brush fires. And at 38°F, it was a bit too cool to enjoy my morning coffee.
This is the view to the southeast towards Delta and, as you can see, there is still quite a bit of smoke and haze. The rain over the past week really got things green again though some have reported frost knocking out parts of their gardens. They are just finishing the dirt work below the building as they had to build an additional retaining wall to keep the parking lot from sliding down the hill. Hopefully, they will put the nice x-country ski trail that used to traverse this slope back in.
Yesterday was day 25 of "31 days of geocaching". We met with several friends at Creamers Field, which is a bird sanctuary in town. We found a couple of caches and the number of cranes and geese were astounding. The place was also crowded with birders as you couldn't go a hundred yards without running into someone else. Something about a Sandhill Crane Festival.
I'm starting to run out of convenient caches and may have to start on some of the more challenging ones. The blue dot is where I am and all of the "happy faces" are caches that I've already found, The color indicates the type of cache. The iPhone app is a really convenient way to geocache as you just tell it to show you all of the caches around you, select any one of them and have the app point you the direction you need to go. The downside is the battery draw from the gps is enough to drain the phone pretty quickly. The battery in my 3 year old phone is about 60% of new according to a battery monitoring app that can only be run on a jailbroken iPhone.
More changing colors and the cranberries may be ready for picking as you normally would wait until after the first frost. While out geocaching, we did find quite a few areas with cranberries though they were on the trail system and liable to be picked out before the weekend.
BTW, this showed up in front of the building right next to the parking lot. The stainless cylinders go straight through. Any thoughts?