Northern Lights

I woke up at 12:30 in the morning and peeked out my window to see the Northern Lights dancing. I woke up my sister (by throwing ice at her window), and we drove out to the hills. When we got out, the sky was a million dancing, shimmering, colorful lights!!! I have never quite seen Northern Lights like this before–they were jaw-droppingly dazzling! I didn’t take any pictures then, because it was so magical and mesmerizing and so fleeting! After a few minutes, the show slowed down and the lights slowly flickered and waved. It was still stunning! Here are some pics:

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Rainbow lights and Cassiopeia.

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We drove out west along the Nome-Teller Highway to see some more of the lightshow.
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Lights over the windmills.
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This is where Dave and I were looking at property to put our little yurt. Ahhhhh!!!!
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Flying the Kigluaiks, Biking on the Bering Sea Ice and Winter Flowers…There’s no place like Nome!

My husband and I went out for an afternoon sunset flight one winter afternoon. We flew out toward the Kigluaik mountain range, a few minutes north of Nome.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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This is land is full of untouched beauty!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Wingtip mountaintop.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sharp toothy peak.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Golden light, early afternoon sunset.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Banking around.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mountains beyond mountainsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sharp ridge lines.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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The Kigluaiks are so beautiful!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We flew out toward Serpentine Hot springs just to see it. This picture doesn’t even begin to capture the magical beauty of the hot springs steam rising over the frozen landscape, in pastel winter light.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We found the caribou!!! All around Serpentine Hot Springs. I guess that is where I would want to hang out in Winter too, if I was a wild animal. 🙂OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Caribou running away from us.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mountain views.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

These peaks are just gorgeous!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The sunset light was spectacular!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Biking on the Bering Sea with my friend, Robin Child!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Robin and fat bike. I love the shadows on the sea ice. 🙂OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Bike, Bering Sea, Sea ice. Over this landscape, there is so much quiet and stillness and simple beauty. This. is how to slow down and breathe.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Chunks of sea ice, washed up by early winter storms.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARobin modeling her homemade windproof, sunshine-ruff jacket under the burled arch of the Iditarod finish. 🙂OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

These Christmas Cactus blossoms are so beautiful!!!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This plant was a gift from a dear friend. <3 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Relishing the details.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Iditarod 2017 Finish!

The second-to-last Iditarod finisher, with an icicle beard and all. 🙂
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Martijn Boonman, from the Netherlands biked in to Nome just before the Red Lantern last musher came in!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Martijn Boonman arriving in Nome!!!! What a long ride!!!
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Cindy Abbott closes out the 2017 Iditarod, winning the Red Lantern position. 🙂
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The last person to come in gets to turn out the lantern that burns until the last musher is in!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Blowing out the lantern, the official end of the Iditarod!
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Cindy Abbott leaving off the ramp, under the burled arch!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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 The grand finale–Cindy Abbott.

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Cindy Abbott gives our Mayor a hug. Hello Central!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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My beautiful friend, RuthAnn, posing with Martijn Boonman, being greeted by RJ Sauer!
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Smiles all around!
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Thanksgiving 2016

This thanksgiving was full of the most lovely blessings.
One of our doctors offered to work this week instead of me, so that I could have time off with Dave. *Thanks!*
We got to spend the day together, then we went for dinner to our friends’ house, where we shared delicious food together, played games and then played music together. I even got to try to play the saw for the first time!

Fun parts of the day:
We got out our little colorful turkey, made by Dad Padvo, that I painted as a little project last year.  🙂
Handpainted turkey

Dave and I saw an idea to write down the things we are thankful for over the last year, and collected them in a jar. Then we read them for Thanksgiving! It was so much fun to remember things that we had already forgotten from the last year. Our lives are overflowing with goodness. 🙂
Jar of gratitude

Jar of gratitude
Jar of gratitude

So many things to be thankful for!Colorful turkey, made by Dad Pad and painted by me and Dave.

The Northern Lights started out like an arc across the sky.
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We got to see the beautiful Northern Lights after our Thanksgiving dinner.
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Northern lights and car lights–this is from a car passing by!
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Lovely glow!
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Still working on my Northern Lights photography skills. Someday my goal is to make one of those films of the Northern Lights dancing. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Water, by Alan Watts

“Ever since I can remember anything at all, the light, the smell, the sound, and motion of the sea have been pure magic. Even the mere intimation of its presence–IMG_5717.JPG

gulls flying a little way inland, the quality of light in the sky beyond hills which screen it from view, the lowing of foghorns in the night.
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If ever I have to get away from it all, and in the words of the Chinese poet “wash all the wrongs of the life from my pores,” there is simply nothing better than to climb out onto a rock, and sit for hours with nothing in sight but sea and sky.IMG_5243

Although the rhythm of the waves beats a kind of time, it is not clock or calendar time. It has no urgency.IMG_5364

It happens to be timeless time.IMG_4716
I know that I am listening to the rhythm which has been just the same for millions of years, and it takes me out of a world of relentlessly ticking clocks.IMG_5213

Clocks for some reason or other always seem to be marching, and, as with armies, marching is never to anything but doom. But in the motion of waves,  there is no marching rhythm. IMG_8288.JPGIMG_5216

It harmonizes with our very breathing. It does not count our days. Its pulse is not in the stingy spirt of measuring, of marking out how much will remains.IMG_5410

It is the breathing of eternity, like the God Brahma of Indian mythology, inhaling and exhaling, manifesting and dissolving in worlds, forever. IMG_4635

As a mere conception this might sound appallingly monotonous, until you come to listen to the breaking and washing of waves.IMG_4714

Perhaps it is the quality of the light, especially early in the morning and towards evening, when the distinction between sky and water becomes uncertain, when the whole of space becomes opalescent in a sort of pearly luminous great, and when the rising or setting moon is straw yellow.

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In this light all the rambling mess of sheds and junkyards is magical, blessed with the patterns of masts and ropes an boats at anchor. It puts me in mind of landfills a long way off, and all the voyages one has dreamed of.IMG_6764

Thus I have come to live right on the edge of the water… IMG_5228

This is the… ocean. Sand, flying spray, pebbles and shells, driftwood, sparkling water, space incredibly luminous with cloudbanks along horizons underlying skies into which one’s imagination can reach without end…”

Alan Watts

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Thank you, Alan Watts, for capturing in beautiful words, the feelings and dreamlike imagery of the sea! <3
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I like how said it might seem like it would be “appallingly monotonous” until you listen, because it really is more like a meditation, the perfect mindfulness, that brings you into tune with the world. That brings calm and peace, and lowers blood pressure and soothes your mind and soul, and is perhaps the best therapy. 🙂IMG_2739.JPG

Going down to the sea after work, in scrubs, to cool my feet and calm my soul.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And as my dear Mother said, “The Bering Sea was the perfect place for Dave to propose to you There was already a love affair with the Sea.” 🙂
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sunset waves

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“Smell the sea, feel the sky!” ~Van MorrisonIMG_2770

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