Summer Update

Trip Start Sep 22, 2005
Trip End Dec 19, 2007

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Monday, November 3, 2008

End-of-the-Summer Recap:
May: We moved into our new place - 3412 Old Muldoon Rd. Anchorage, AK 99504
We didn't have much to start out with, except all those awesome wedding gifts from 3 years ago! We thankfully remembered everyone who stocked our kitchen cabinets and linen closets! But we still needed furniture, so naturally we hit up Craig's List. And like everyone just starting out in a new place, it's still a work in progress. The paintings and other souvenirs that we brought back from Ghana and Mali are more than mere decorations on our walls; they continue to remind us of our Peace Corps experience.
June: New jobs and 3rd Anniversary
Chris works at Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) which provides water and waste water systems to native Alaskans living in remote bush communities. He describes it as Peace Corps with a pay check (and a desk, and resources, and a boss, etc...) but he still bikes to work! Chris had the opportunity to travel to a small community called Golovin (70 miles east of Nome) to do a pilot study for a new water treatment plant.
I work at Reid Middleton, a structural engineering firm that has a hand in a lot of projects in and around the Anchorage area as well as other parts of Alaska. So far I've gotten to travel to Fairbanks to assist with a bridge inspection. Most recently I went to Dutch Harbor, in the Aleutian Islands, to report on the construction progress of a dock and cold storage facility that we designed.
We celebrated our 3rd Anniversary (June 11) at the same restaurant where we had our first date that wasn't a hiking trip. I know, how romantic. The waitress thought so too and brought us dessert on the house. J It's hard to believe that it's been three years already!
July: Lots of hiking! (see pictures)
August: Chris ran a Half Marathon and we went fishing on Resurrection Bay in Seward (see more pics). We also checked out the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.
September: Enjoyed the fall colors and a rainy autumn. It turned cold by the end of the month and we were surprised to see snow falling so early in the year.
October: We threw ourselves a little housewarming party and asked our friends and coworkers to bring us a cutting from their favorite house plant to help the us spruce up our house a bit.

....Now it's November, the Moose Hunter's have taken our place in the mountain valleys hoping to bag a big one and stock their freezers with fresh meat. With the leaves gone from the trees we can clearly see the mountains from our front picture window. We bought skis at a gear swap and are waiting for a few more inches of powder to try them out. Chris studded his bike tires and continues to ride to work with the mantra "Burn Calories, Not Fossil Fuels." We have been inviting friends over for dinner, pulled off a fun wine-and-cheese party last weekend, and have gotten involved in a great small group from our church, which meets weekly to go through a book called Gospel Transformation.
We are glad to be setting down roots in a place where all of these things are possible, and look forward to what the winter will bring.
Until then, peace and blessings from your friends in Alaska,
Sayward and Chris
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