June 21, 2016

Home and Garden, Fairbanks (June 9th and 16th)

Our house in Fairbanks, AK.

Here are some pictures of our home and garden.
We have cleaned the house for 2 weeks and now started to work on outsides, too.

オレゴンからフェアバンクスまでのロード・トリップの画像は一通りアップできたので、
自宅の様子を載せてみました。
日本から送った荷物が届くのは、あと2ヶ月ほど先…ということで、小屋にうん十年、眠っていた家具や調理道具やらを引っ張りだして生活しています。

Firewood shed.
薪置き場。冬までにもっと蓄えないといけないそうです。
相方が日本に来る前には満タンにしてたんだそう…
その間、何人かの借り手が住んでたんだけど、
全く補充してなかったみたい。
 
The past renter left this swing.

The inside of the house.
There is a nice wood stove.
薪ストーブが家の中央にあります。
ガスはなし。電気式の調理台とオーブンを使用。
井戸水をポンプでひいてます。
 
Here is the "antique" vacuum cleaner, 
which we started to use again after decades of absence. 
自分と同い年くらいの掃除機。
小屋に眠っていましたが、今回、復活しました。

My partner cleaning the upper part of the log wall.
うん十年の間に、木の色が暗くなってしまったらしく、
少しでも室内を明るくしようと、丸太の壁を前面、
掃除しました。

And the ceilings, too.
急な階段を登るとロフトというか、2階になってます。
 




The garden in front of the house.
I dug some soil and planted seeds of sweet basil and sugar peas. 
もともとあった花壇らしきところを掘り起こして、
バジルとスナップエンドウの種を植えました。

I dug some more and made another space for other plants.
I am planning to plant some perilla (Shiso) seeds, which
I probably have to order at Amazon.
Can you see the rhubarbs?
One of the old renters left these, too. 
さらにもう一区画、掘り起こしてみました。
青ジソの種を植えようかなと探しているのですが、
ここいらのホームセンターにはやはり置いていないので、
アマゾンで注文することになるかも…
奥に見えてるのはルバーブです。
 



Betula papyrifera (Paper Birch).
The birch forest surrounds the house. 
家の周りはシラカンバの一種に囲まれています。

Iris setosa (Hiougi Ayame in Japanese).
ヒオウギアヤメは、以前、この家の借り手が
庭に植えたのが残っていたもの。

Iris setosa (Hiougi Ayame in Japanese).
 
Aquilegia brevistyla (Smallflower Columbine).
オダマキも前の住人が植えたのが種で少しずつ増えたみたい。 

Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi (Prickly Wild Rose).  
There were lots of them around the house.

Linnaea borealis (Twinflower).
This kind of flower also covers the ground in our property.
リンネソウも敷地内に群生してます。 

Linnaea borealis (Twinflower).

Cornus canadensis (Canadian Bunchberry, Bunchberry Dogwood).
This one also grows in our property. 
ゴゼンタチバナも咲いてます。 

June 20, 2016

Road Trip to Fairbanks, Day 12 (June 4th)

On the way to the U.S./Canada Border for the last time during this trip.

Here is the pictures taken on the last day of our road trip from Oregon to Fairbanks, Alaska.
My partner did all the driving all the way during our trip and I just kept taking pictures and navigated (a little bit).
It was really amazing to meet all the friends and encounter wild animals, birds and flowers.
The diversity of the nature attracted me!

(Day 12)
Lake Creek Campground (5:52) - Snag Jct. - Beaver Creek (6:52) - Canada Customs (6:58) - U.S. Customs (7:24) - Northway Jct. (8:15) - Tetlin Jct. (9:04) - Tok (9:20 - 9:40) - Moon Lake (10:07) - Dot Lake (10:50) - Delta Jct. (11:52) - a couple of moose - entering Fairbanks North Star Borough (12:28) - Birch Lake (12:39) - Harding Lake (12:53) - Eielson A.F.B. (13:12) - North Pole (13:22) - Fairbanks (13:40 - visited a car dealer about the number plate) - Home (15:00).

Through the driver's window.





Near the U.S./Canada Border after Beaver Creek.

Arnica angustifolia ssp. angustifolia (Narrow-leaved Arnica).
ここまでアラスカ・ハイウェイを走ってきて、黄色い花が群生しているとタンポポだったんですが、
ビーバー・クリーク、カナダ/アメリカ国境を過ぎると
このウサギギクの仲間が群生していました。

Arnica angustifolia ssp. angustifolia (Narrow-leaved Arnica).


Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi (Prickly Wild Rose).
オオタカネバラの一種。

Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi (Prickly Wild Rose).

Getting closer to Tok.


After passing Delta Jct., there was a big forest fire area.






After Delta Jct. we found a few moose.


It was right by the highway.



The Santa House in North Pole.



Finally we got home!

Road Trip to Fairbanks, Day 11, Part 2 (June 3rd)


 Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle).

Here is the second bunch of the pictures take on Day 11 of our road trip.
The highway goes by Kluane Lake and the view was great.

Kathleen Lake...I think...



Haines Jct.


On the way from Haines Jct. to Kluane Lake, 
we saw lots of great snowy mountains.



Through the driver's window.


Kluane Lake, the biggest lake in Yukon.



The view from Tachal Dhal (Sheep Mountain) Visitor Center.


Can you see some white dots in the center of this picture?

Here is the cropped one, but they are still too small...
The answer is Dall Sheep!

Hedysarum boreale subsp. mackenzii (Norther Sweetvetch).
Almost albino one...We found only one of this whitish one. 

The beautiful reflection on Kluane Lake.




Chamerion latifolium (formerly Epilobium latifolium, Dwarf Fireweed).

A kind of smaller version of forget-me-not?



Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle).
We found at least four of them on the way to our campground, 
Lake Creek Campground.

Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle). 

Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle). 

Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle).
The young one has no white head and tail yet.

Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle).