Talking About Talkeetna

A daily photo blog where you can learn how to navigate Main Street as well as the rest of Alaska with Talkeetna Travel. You'll probably meet more of the town's dogs than townspeople. I'm your blogger, Laura. When not blogging I'm skiing, splitting wood and hanging with my dog, Butterball.

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Nov 18, 2011 8:54am
If you live in, or have visited Alaska, then you know how special a place it is. I was happy to share the parts of it I saw over the last three years; most of them about the village I live in and the people that make it a community. Thanks for the condolences about my best canine companion as well as about the blog in general. I think this was one of the first pictures I put on the blog. It was taken the day I got Butters, January 13, 2008. I may post pictures here from time to time; perhaps weekly, so check back.
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If you live in, or have visited Alaska, then you know how special a place it is. I was happy to share the parts of it I saw over the last three years; most of them about the village I live in and the people that make it a community. Thanks for the condolences about my best canine companion as well as about the blog in general. I think this was one of the first pictures I put on the blog. It was taken the day I got Butters, January 13, 2008. I may post pictures here from time to time; perhaps weekly, so check back.

Blogger Laura

Nov 17, 2011 5:04am
I took this self portrait last week down at the end of Main Street during a snow storm. Butters, as usual, was eager to keep moving. Today we are being battered by high winds and low temperatures.
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I took this self portrait last week down at the end of Main Street during a snow storm. Butters, as usual, was eager to keep moving. Today we are being battered by high winds and low temperatures.

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Nov 16, 2011 5:01am
Butterball was a working dog and spent many years in harness before I got her four years ago. She was in two Iditarods (she didn’t finish either but who cares as she liked the couch better.) This is from a 36-mile skijor trip I took with her in 2009. The Tokosha Mountains of the Alaska Range are in the background. Also, I don’t want to blame ending the blog all on Butters passing. It is hard to take a new photo and write a caption everyday. It’s been almost 3 years of doing it and I need a break.
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Butterball was a working dog and spent many years in harness before I got her four years ago. She was in two Iditarods (she didn’t finish either but who cares as she liked the couch better.) This is from a 36-mile skijor trip I took with her in 2009. The Tokosha Mountains of the Alaska Range are in the background. Also, I don’t want to blame ending the blog all on Butters passing. It is hard to take a new photo and write a caption everyday. It’s been almost 3 years of doing it and I need a break.

Blogger Laura 

Nov 15, 2011 5:01am
For anybody that has followed my blog you know that Butterball is a big part of it. In fact, she has been the reason that I walk so many places and take so many pictures. Almost every morning we walked Main Street and on days off we skied and hiked. I lost Butterball this weekend when she was hit by the train while we were out skiing. She strayed away from me when she got the scent of a moose. I’m heartbroken. I’ll post some of my favorite pictures of her this week and then end the blog. Thanks for following a bit of my world in a small town in the far north. Butterball can now chase moose in doggie heaven.  Butterball ~1999-2011
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For anybody that has followed my blog you know that Butterball is a big part of it. In fact, she has been the reason that I walk so many places and take so many pictures. Almost every morning we walked Main Street and on days off we skied and hiked. I lost Butterball this weekend when she was hit by the train while we were out skiing. She strayed away from me when she got the scent of a moose. I’m heartbroken. I’ll post some of my favorite pictures of her this week and then end the blog. Thanks for following a bit of my world in a small town in the far north. Butterball can now chase moose in doggie heaven.  Butterball ~1999-2011

Blogger Laura

Nov 14, 2011 7:46am
Nine degrees this morning.
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Nine degrees this morning.

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Nov 13, 2011 5:03am
Lost your bike? This one’s at the end of Main Street if you’re missing it. Better get it quick the snow is piling up.
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Lost your bike? This one’s at the end of Main Street if you’re missing it. Better get it quick the snow is piling up.

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Nov 12, 2011 11:45am
Winter residents, Pine Grosbeaks, eating highbush cranberries.
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Winter residents, Pine Grosbeaks, eating highbush cranberries.

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Nov 11, 2011 8:49am
Yesterday morning we got this lovely snow….I commented to the beer delivery man that despite the weather he managed to get here. Without missing a beat he said, “Not when it comes to Talkeetna…we’re more reliable than the post office.”
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Yesterday morning we got this lovely snow….I commented to the beer delivery man that despite the weather he managed to get here. Without missing a beat he said, “Not when it comes to Talkeetna…we’re more reliable than the post office.”

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Nov 10, 2011 8:01am
Crossing the Talkeetna River on the pedestrian part of the railroad bridge. The river is slowly freezing up. We had a nice ski on the river front and up the Chase trail which gives access to private cabins along the tracks.
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Crossing the Talkeetna River on the pedestrian part of the railroad bridge. The river is slowly freezing up. We had a nice ski on the river front and up the Chase trail which gives access to private cabins along the tracks.

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Nov 9, 2011 5:00am
The fresh snow makes for fun tracking. These tiny impressions most likely belong to a shrew; one of the world’s smallest carnivores.
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The fresh snow makes for fun tracking. These tiny impressions most likely belong to a shrew; one of the world’s smallest carnivores.

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Nov 8, 2011 5:01am
We’ve gotten a lot of snow in a short amount of time…over one foot at my place. The lakes are not safe yet. The snow insulates and weights the frozen water causing water to seep up from below–overflow; not a good thing. This is a picture of dead poison water hemlock.
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We’ve gotten a lot of snow in a short amount of time…over one foot at my place. The lakes are not safe yet. The snow insulates and weights the frozen water causing water to seep up from below–overflow; not a good thing. This is a picture of dead poison water hemlock.

blogger laura

Nov 7, 2011 5:01am
Francis L. Twigg
September 12, 1922 - October 28, 2011
Another town elder passed and we had wonderful memorial service for him.  Twigg was a miner, trapper, heavy equipment operater, railroad worker, and pilot. He was a father, husband and mentor and inspiration to many. See you down the road Twigg.
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Francis L. Twigg

September 12, 1922 - October 28, 2011

Another town elder passed and we had wonderful memorial service for him.  Twigg was a miner, trapper, heavy equipment operater, railroad worker, and pilot. He was a father, husband and mentor and inspiration to many. See you down the road Twigg.

blogger laura

Nov 6, 2011 8:03am
Happy hour, Alaskan style. This is an outside table with a wood stove underneath so you can stand and be warm. It makes the outside winter parties that Alaskans seem to think is perfectly normal, a lot more pleasant. We were drinking home brewed beer and eating shrimp and stuffed mushrooms. We were able to keep the beer cold on top of the table and the food hot on top of the wood stove. Alaskan ingenuity. Next Martin will add some stools.
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Happy hour, Alaskan style. This is an outside table with a wood stove underneath so you can stand and be warm. It makes the outside winter parties that Alaskans seem to think is perfectly normal, a lot more pleasant. We were drinking home brewed beer and eating shrimp and stuffed mushrooms. We were able to keep the beer cold on top of the table and the food hot on top of the wood stove. Alaskan ingenuity. Next Martin will add some stools.

Blogger Laura

Nov 5, 2011 9:09am
Butterball checks out the fresh snow. We got about 5-8 inches depending where you live. Very nice, fluffy white stuff.
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Butterball checks out the fresh snow. We got about 5-8 inches depending where you live. Very nice, fluffy white stuff.

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Nov 4, 2011 5:03am
Yahoo! Snow…I was starting to worry. Yesterday morning I went out on a lake to test the ice and deemed it safe for ice skating and by late afternoon the snow started to fall. We have about four inches. I do like to ice skate but I like skiing better. Ah, winter.
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Yahoo! Snow…I was starting to worry. Yesterday morning I went out on a lake to test the ice and deemed it safe for ice skating and by late afternoon the snow started to fall. We have about four inches. I do like to ice skate but I like skiing better. Ah, winter.

Blogger Laura

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