Monday, September 26, 2011

My Favorite: Sea to Summit Water Bag

As I mentioned in the Peterson Lake Cabin post, I love my new water bag. It's smaller than a deck of cards, weighs in at less than 3 oz, yet scoops up 10 liters (2.6 gallons) of water in one swoop.

The bag stands up on its own, so you fill it and forget it until you need more water. Just store it away from children or animals as the bag is fabric it can be pushed or tugged over with a splash.

It is made from waterproofed nylon fabric. It has a thick cloth handle and a small handle on the side of the bag to assist with pouring.

We used the bag to collect enough water for two people for 24 hours for cooking, drinking and cleaning. In the end we poured out more than half of it because it was unneeded.

On the Chilkoot we saw several hikers with similar bags that they filled with freezing glacial runoff and then set aside to warm in the sun.

It is a luxury item, but one that both Mr. X and I agree is worth it weight, especially when camping in wet, cold SE Alaska.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Juneau News: Dog-sitter's worst nightmare

2 black labs stop Alaska Airlines from landing on initial approach

Deputy Airport Manager Patty deLaBruere tells us that Flight 64 (Boeing 737) was coming in for a landing at about 2:30 pm when two black labs were spotted on the runway. The plane had to abort that landing, attempt to do a go around before it could land.

Chava Lee of the Gastineau Humane Society says an Animal Control Officer caught one of the dogs. The owner of the one that was nabbed on the runway is out of town. The animal was in the care of another person at the time. Lee says the owner will be cited.

Lee says they don't know yet how they got on the runway. deLaBruere says the dogs could have come from the Airport Dike Trail, through the wetlands from a neighborhood in the area, or they could have gotten loose from owners while on the airport grounds. - KINY Radio

Message to T and E: We were out walking on the wetlands near the airport at 2:30 p.m. yesterday. We promise none of your dogs were on the runway.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Back to School

The last two years I've enjoyed getting into the back-to-school spirit by preparing Mr. X for Seminary. I bought pens, pencils, notebooks, sharpies, kleenex, dry-erase markers, hand sanitizer, the works. In order to not miss out this year I decided to keep myself busy...maybe too busy.

I have to take several professional classes for continuing education, so I was all set with Medical Expense Insurance and Regulatory Compliance for this semester.

But then Mr. X and I were discussing accounting last week and how I'd like to take a class. Two days later I received an email offering me an accounting class from the local university, paid for by my employer and held at my worksite over lunch. Score!

So that's my plan this fall. Three classes. Should keep me happy. Or crazy.