The Wildfire smoke sunsets are back.

Another record-breaking week of high temperatures in Alaska combined with high winds today caused the Swan Lake wildfire to blow up again on the Kenai Peninsula. The smoke in the Anchorage Bowl has been thick, giving us these blood-red sunsets. It’s gorgeous, but we’d much rather have some heavy rain.

An absolutely gorgeous weekend in Portage Valley.

We headed down to one of our favorite campgrounds, Williwaw, in the Portage Valley on Thursday night for a weekend of hiking, biking and kayaking. The weather was Alaska at its best.

A different landscape crew in for a trim.

This is not the Mom and baby that we thought the bear got. We’ve seen this pair around the neighborhood as well. Mom doesn’t have the distinctive scars on her left front leg. They stayed for awhile and did a nice trim job on the shrubs next to the house.

Very happy to see these two again!

We thought we had lost this moose calf to a bear in early June. Several weeks ago I thought I might have caught a glimpse of them, but they were too far away to be positive it was them. The Mama Moose has some distinctive scars on her left front leg. Today while having breakfast we saw movement in the front yard, and sure enough, it was them! They trimmed the shrubs for a bit—just long enough to get a good look at Mama and verify that it was her with a healthy calf. They didn’t stay long this visit, but it sure made our day.