Archive for July, 2011

July 6, 2011

Final flight of the Peacock

This weekend heralded the final flight of the peacock.  For those of you who are unaware of this poor birds plight for the last two years; I will attempt to briefly explain the flights of this animal.  The peacock came to this family at Christmas two years ago, my dear mother found this iron monstrosity in Phoeniz welded together from Mexican tin cans with a body made from a genuine large rock.  She proudly presented him to me as a gift; I promptly asked how she thought I should get this back to Alaska, she informed me that I would find a way.  I measured and found that it was too big to go with the post office, too heavy to Fed Ex unless I was able to find another job to pay for it (remember genuine rock as body, metal feathers).  Thale graciously talked to her friends who drive up every year who agreed to strap the Peacock to the back of their semi, in front of their 5th wheel and drive it north.  Thale and Jeff drove the bird to California so that it could catch up with the semi; they then drove it to Idaho where it rested peacefully for the balance of the winter.  With the migrating birds the peacock drove the Alcan north to Valdez, where a welder made repairs to feathers from the wind of the trip.  Once delivered to Valdez, Thale brought it to Fairbanks on its way to Anchorage; then it came to rest in my backyard for the winter.  This weekend the final flight brought it to the lake where it had perched atop the septic tank in glorious rocking fury.  It is surrounded by ferns and shrubs and seems finally to be at peace.  Oh what a trip!!  And Mom-thanks for the peacock.

July 6, 2011

Back from the River-Off to the lake

I returned from the river and immediately went to the lake for two weeks.  I have been working on getting a place to live.  I think I will be able to camp out come August sometime, probably no kitchen but hopefully a shower and toilet.  Insulators have been there, sheetrockers are there now.  They should do the texture on Friday, let it dry and paint it up.  Moving in then.