The Alaska Society for Technology Education (ASTE) Conference was in Anchorage last week and so were we. It was the first time since mid-August that we’d ventured more than about three miles from our house. There had been a junior/senior high school basketball clinic and PROM for kids in McGrath earlier in the week, so we hopped on a back-haul plane and flew to Aniak.
The school snowmachine took our bags to the plane (we walked) and then we flew in this Caravan to Aniak.
We’d (mostly Hans) been wondering how to get up Blueberry Hill on snowshoes or skis and thanks to the bird’s eye view, now we have a much better idea how to attempt it.
There was less and less snow as we headed south and the scenery kept us occupied.
Inside of the plane BEFORE we hit the turbulence that caused us to hit our heads on the ceiling of the plane and to feel our luggage trying to come through the floor…
We landed safely in Aniak, deplaned and walked cautiously on sheets of ice to the temporary terminal (the old one burned down in January). From there we took a larger plane to Anchorage and in about 90 minutes we were there.
The conference was from Saturday through Tuesday. There aren’t any photos of us there because we were too busy learning all about interactive Promethean Boards, i-movie, Garageband (Hans created some pretty crazy reggae tunes), Web 2.0, and other useful technology applications. In the evenings we were either shopping (visualize us at Costco with two full carts) or eating at restaurants. We give them all a two thumbs up!
One night there was a gathering of the conference participants at the museum.
We spent most of our time in the Alaska exhibits, but did manage to wander through the visiting Star Wars collection.
We topped off the five days with a trip to Iditarod Headquarters where Hans’ student’s winning Iditarod button was for sale.
We still have the Mrs. B. van, but don’t be looking for those plates any more. I guess this means we’re officially Alaskan residents.
Good-bye, Anchorage. See you in mid-May. It was a nice little trip to town, but coming back and hearing someone from the village say “welcome home” was nice, too.
Strange weather this week: last Saturday it was RAINING in Grayling; this morning it’s a balmy 42 below. The Iditarod Sled-dog Race (“The Last Great Race on Earth”) starts next Saturday, so 18″ of new snow in Anchorage and the colder weather will be welcome. Till next time… Happy Trails!