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Balls..meat & mud.

April 27, 2012

It was a long ball indeed…
Every now and then I come across a story on the radio or something in the online newspapers that is quite different. Now I do not want to turn in my ‘conservative/bunker’ merit badge, but I do listen to NPR just to see what the other side is putting out about ‘we the people’, and today I came across this story that made me stop and think.

It seems that a soccer ball was found on the shores of an island in Alaska. It was determined that this soccer ball traveled almost 2,500 mile from Japan and was part of the debris from the earthquake and tsunami there. What was even stranger the person that found the ball was married to a Japanese woman and she was able to read the name of the ball’s owner. Taking that even further into the twilight zone they managed to track down that owner. When he was interviewed on Japanese radio he said that ball was the only object recovered from what was left of his home that was washed away in the Tsunami.

What about the other 80%…
Heard late last night on the radio program ‘Coast to Coast’ was another short note of interest. The nation of South Korea has baned all US beef imports. It seems that the one case of mad cow found in California has taken there taste for American steaks away. Strange we haven’t heard more from our local news reports. It was noted on Coast to Coast that the USDA only checks about 2% of our the cattle in the US, whereas countries like the UK check 20% of there cattle.

And finally…
Our driveway is now mostly mud and water, freezing overnight to give it that glass like look each morning. Walking down for coffee with my neighbors now requires donning what we affectionately call ‘break up boots’, instead of a heavy coat, to ward off the mud buildup on our everyday shoes. But it is the price we pay for spring in the wilderness of Alaska. It is also the start of mosquito season and though already bitten, when I arrived home yesterday and unloaded my truck I was surprised to be greeted by hundreds of the little buggers reminding me I was walking through there home. It is also the time of year, at my doctors recommendation, when I can get out and walk more. I managed to walk down the road a bit and took this photo of the valley and mountains behind the property.

Truly a nice place to sit and think……

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Del permalink
    April 27, 2012 9:19 pm

    Cool Pete……… we had almost a record 39 above last week. This weekend in the 90’s….


  2. April 28, 2012 4:39 am

    Wait, you walked up the hill, out to the road, down the road, and all the way back? Nice.

    And that’s a great photo, with still a dusting of snow out there.

    As for the trash, it is indeed true! There are photos of complete houses floating along in the pacific. The Alaskan Coast Guard used some debris (a boat) for target practice once it entered Alaskan waters.

    Just proof again how little this planet really is and how something over there can indeed travel over here, or anywhere.


  3. Rosalyn permalink
    April 29, 2012 11:54 am

    If that boat managed to float all the way over here and was not listing or damaged looking too much, why wasn’t someone allowed to salvage it instead of sinking it? From the pictures I saw shortly before they sunk it, it looked like it was floating fine.


  4. Liz permalink
    April 30, 2012 12:41 pm

    well you know we are not suppose to keep anything, it ruins the economy (****!) so of course they had to throw it out. (blow it up) and make more scrape in the ocean than before
    I love the view you show up there it reminds me of alot of hikes last year and before. I miss it.


  5. Rosalyn permalink
    May 1, 2012 1:46 pm

    That’s between the driveway and the pull-out…


  6. AussieAlaskan permalink
    May 1, 2012 7:48 pm

    That is a fantastic photo! I can’t wait!


  7. Jon permalink
    May 1, 2012 10:45 pm


    It IS a great photo! With the mix of trees & snow nice color scheme, too. Must be the White Mtns. in the background since you live near the Wickersham Dome area. But that’s from memory so correct me if I’m wrong.

    Had internet problems all week-end so got to catch up on emails. Happy spring!!


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