Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Alaska-bound after all!

I have been researching various temporary/seasonal volunteer opportunities around the nation (continent) since last fall. My current job is one that I have grown to truly despise more than any other I've had in the past, and my need to get out of there is huge! I thought that I'd kill two birds with one stone... by indulging in work and travel away from Illinois, and by also possibly picking up some new skills that I could use in finding more desirable employment one I return.

I'd been researching and applying to positions posted through AmeriCorps, paid positions through the US Forest Service/Dept. of Interior, and almost ended up going down to Panama to volunteer for a few months - an opportunity that was sent to me through ExPo. None of those had panned out for one reason or another. Aaron found a website for me that lists mostly organic farm operations that look for volunteers in trade for room & board. I started looking into those, and found some operations that weren't farm related at all... they were other businesses looking for help. I found a couple that I liked, talked to the folks that run the show, and now...

I'll be spending 4-6 months in Alaska this spring/summer/fall! :rockon:

The confirmed location where I will be is one working with a couple in their 50's that run a ecotourism outfit - mostly kayaking, photo safaris, and hiking trips for tourists. They are located just south of Homer, AK across the Kachemak Bay - very remote and only accessible by air or water. I will be there from early/mid June until mid/late September.

I'm waiting for confirmation on a second location. This one is in Cantwell, AK, about 1/2 way between Anchorage and Fairbanks, and in the middle of the the Alaskan mountain range. That operation is one that kennels and trains sled dogs for racing (including the Iditarod). If/when I go there, it would be between early-April until I go to Homer in mid-June.  There is also potential for a position in Palmer, AK if I choose to take it.

The Jeep will stay home, unfortunately. It needs some love before a trip like this, and my final destination while in Homer is one that isn't vehicle accessible... and I'll be there for 4 months. Would rather not have it sit that long without much use. Aaron plans to drive it periodically while it's at home. Aaron fully intends to visit me over the summer... and will be driving Grumpy to Alaska - somehow I don't know if I'll ever see him again! :shock: :lol: .

Anyway, just wanted to share! I'm super jazzed about this! It's going to be one heck of a trip report!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

(WK#5) Jan 30 -- Eyes

My optometrist office gladly let me shoot his corrective tools of the trade.

Monday, January 23, 2012

(WK#4) Jan 23 -- Up

Procrastination and a very gloomy day makes for this rendition of  'up.'

Monday, January 16, 2012

(WK #3) Jan 16 -- Rule of Thirds

Caught this youngster waiting for his friends at the bottom of the sledding hill.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

(WK#2) Jan 09 -- Summer/Winter

Being hard-pressed to find much resembling snow this January, I went for the license plate shot. "Think Snow" is all we can do as it's certainly not here in physical form. Icy pond at sunset in Hampshire, IL.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

(WK#1) Jan 02 -- New Years Eve/Day

A ton of fun ringing in the new year with family and friends!

Project 52 - Weekly themes

This is more of a point of reference for myself, but I thought I'd share the upcoming themes for my new Project 52.

Listed here are the weekly themes for the year.

(WK#1) Jan 02 -- New Years Eve/Day (edit added Eve)
(WK#2) Jan 09 -- Summer / Winter
(WK#3) Jan 16 -- Rule of Thirds
(WK#4) Jan 23 -- Up
(WK#5) Jan 30 -- Eyes
(WK#6) Feb 06 -- Signs
(WK#7) Feb 13 -- Shadows
(WK#8) Feb 20 -- Other Photographers
(WK#9) Feb 27 -- In the Workplace
(WK#10) Mar 05 -- Depth of Field
(WK#11) Mar 12 -- Spring/Autumn
(WK#12) Mar 19 -- Planes, Trains & Automobiles
(WK#13) Mar 26 -- Playing with Light
(WK#14) Apr 02 -- Night
(WK#15) Apr 09 -- Easter / Fire (edit added Fire)
(WK#16) Apr 16 -- Technology
(WK#17) Apr 23 -- The Kitchen
(WK#18) Apr 30 -- Symmetry
(WK#19) May 07 -- Sky & Clouds
(WK#20) May 14 -- Contrasting Colours
(WK#21) May 21 -- Flowers (edit switched from mostly white)
(WK#22) May 28 -- Self Portrait
(WK#23) Jun 04 -- Straight out of Camera
(WK#24) Jun 11 -- Architecture
(WK#25) Jun 18 -- Love
(WK#26) Jun 25 -- Water
(WK#27) Jul 02 -- Red, White, Blue
(WK#28) Jul 09 -- My Hometown
(WK#29) Jul 16 -- Summer/Winter
(WK#30) Jul 23 -- The S-Curve
(WK#31) Jul 30 -- Sillouette
(WK#32) Aug 06 -- Animals
(WK#33) Aug 13 -- Textures
(WK#34) Aug 20 -- Portrait
(WK#35) Aug 27 -- Sunset
(WK#36) Sep 03 -- Metal
(WK#37) Sep 10 -- In The Garden
(WK#38) Sep 17 -- Autumn/Spring
(WK#39) Sep 24 -- Negative Space
(WK#40) Oct 01 -- Colors
(Wk#41) Oct 08 -- Body Parts
(WK#42) Oct 15 -- Black & White
(WK#43) Oct 22 -- Openings
(WK#44) Oct 29 -- Reflections
(WK#45) Nov05 -- Halloween
(WK#46) Nov12 -- Vanishing Point
(WK#47) Nov19 -- Time
(WK#48) Nov26 -- Mostly White (edit switched from flowers)
(WK#49) Dec03 -- Smiles
(WK#50) Dec10 -- Street Photography
(WK#51) Dec17 -- Winter/Summer
(WK#52) Dec24 -- Mirrors
(WK#53) Dec30 -- Christmas / Decay (edit added Decay)

Project 365 - Day 365

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