Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Farewell Furry Friend

This August we said farewell to our four-legged constant companion, Luke.
He was in charge of entertainment, always encouraging us to play or smile at his antics. Here, he "helps" Blaine demonstrate fixed line ascension.

Luke was famous for his sharp barks that let you know who's in charge. I got to see his softer side. He would sit here under my desk peacefully, peering up at me. I think he was telepathic, telling me I needed to walk toward the treat jar.

Luke may have been the only Patterdale Terrier in Alaska, hard to say. He certainly had a one-of-a-kind personality. His passing was fairly sudden, leaving us all a bit speechless. He was a great friend to all and will be missed more than words can say.

AMS will not be long without canine companionship, it's just too quiet around here! We'll keep you posted.

~Julia

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Off-season Sightings

Various spies have been keeping AMS headquarters in the loop on the latest goings-on of the AMS staff. Things are quieter in Talkeetna, after the Discovery Channel crews packed up and left. Even the Fairview is closed for a couple of weeks. But for the locals, there is still plenty happening! Bill Staines played music here this past weekend, Baka Beyond will be here this coming weekend. There is an international film fest with a flick each week or two, and there will be a Rocky Horror viewing (with dramatic flair), rumor has it. The local kids have been out running and everyone is getting ready for ski season!
The sun occasionally taunts us, and the clouds give us peeps of the glorious Alaska Range from time to time.


Congratulations to Melis & Joey! Newlyweds!

Here are some photos from the New Mexico event. You may recognize some Talkeetna locals providing music.






















































Jackson Hole Cowboy


An anonymous photographer sent this photo - Rob was spotted in Jackson Hole before disappearing to Moab, rumor has it he's in Hawaii making big waves.












Cheers from snowy Talkeetna!
~Julia

Monday, October 13, 2008

Winter is Settling in

Looks like the snow is here to stay!

The office has been fairly busy here in Talkeetna. Enrollments are trickling in and I expect some West Buttress expeditions to start filling up soon. I'll be updating the Schedule page of our website when we get down to one or two spots. If you're curious about availability, just shoot me an email.

Meanwhile, if you try to call the office and we don't answer, we're probably outside shoveling! Just let us know a good time & number to call you back. We've had intermittent power outages, too. If we don't get to your email quickly, remember we're in a rural area, just about one step from getting our snail mail via dogsled. Not too long ago the power went out because of a tree that was felled by a beaver!

That's it for now, just wanted to let you know we're here!

~ Julia