Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The 4th Avenue Theater

The 4th Avenue Theater in Anchorage, Alaska. Located on, you guessed it, 4th Avenue, was built between 1941 and 1947 in art deco style. Used as a movie theater until the 1980's, it has since been used as a variety of things. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, it was later removed from the list in 1987. Plans to restore it are ongoing.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Prospect Hill Cemetery

Scenes in and around the Prospect Hill Cemetery along Route 641 east of Newville, Pa.

Monday, December 29, 2014


This kinda reminds me of that old brain buster where they ask you how many triangles you see.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Little White Church in Ketchikan

The 1st Lutheran Church at 1200 Tongass Avenue, Ketchikan, Alaska. Built in 1930, National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Other Colorado Fire Stations, 2014

The Clear Creek Fire Authority is a consolidated fire protection and emergency services agency organized in January 1999. They have 8 stations covering 355 square miles and run 1,100 calls annually. CCFA is all volunteer with paid admin personnel.

Clear Creek Fire Authority Station 1, 681 County Road 308, Dumont, Clear Creek County, Colorado. Formerly the Dumont Volunteer Fire Department, formed in 1935. The original station was built in 1945 and was destroyed by an arson fire in 1966. The new station was opened in May 1967. In 1989 they joined the Clear Creek Emergency Services District. In October 2009 they moved into this station on County Road 308.

Clear Creek Fire Authority, Station 6, 35713 Highway 40, Evergreen, Clear Creek County, Colorado. This new all green station opened in 2008. It houses an aerial ladder truck, a tanker and an ambulance.

Falcon Fire Protection District, Station 3, 7030 Old Meridian Road, Peyton (Falcon), El Paso County, Colorado. FFPD is a combination volunteer and career fire department. Organized  as the Falcon Volunteer Fire Department in 1975 it was incorporated in 1977. The station was built in 1979/1980 by the members from salvaged materials. The District is served by 4 stations; Station 1, 2, 3 and 6. Station 3 serves as the Headquarters and Training Facility. They cover 133 square miles and run nearly 1,800 calls annually.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Looking Up at Sheep Mountain

The day started out so nice. The next day went downhill in a hurry. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Haines Brewing

After our nature tour in Haines, Alaska we took a short walk from the ship through what was Fort William H. Seward to the Fireweed Restaurant. A couple slices of pizza and a Spruce Tip Ale. Yes, It is brewed with real spruce tips. And it did taste like it. Later we took the town bus for a few laps around the area. One of the stops was at the Haines Brewing Company located at the Southeast Alaska Fairgrounds in a building the was moved here after the filming of the movie White Fang. Neat setup they had. There was other small shops in some of the buildings. I'm sure that once it's fairtime the place gets hopping. Get it? Brewing? Hopping? Oh, well.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Welcome Winter

Yesterday was the official first day of winter. We had colder days throughout fall. We had snow during this past fall. Yesterday was a nice day. Started a little chilly  but the sunshine made for a comfortable walk in the woods and fallow fields out at the local State Game Lands.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Other Alaska Fire Departments 2014

Ketchikan International Airport Fire Department, 1000 Airport Terminal, Ketchikan, Alaska. Ketchikan Gateway County. Located across the Tongass Narrows from Ketchikan City on Gravina Island. The airport, KTN, opened in 1973. The fire department is staffed by 8 career firefighters.

Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER) Fire Training Facilities. Spur Road, JBER, Anchorage, Alaska. This appears to be a burn building located along the Alaska Railroad on JBER. Of course, no information was found.

Central Mat-Su Fire Department, Station 6-2, Mile 6.9 Knik-Goose Bay, 4500 South Mainsail Avenue, Wasilla, Alaska. Central Mat-Su is the second largest and second busiest department in Alaska. Formed in 1986 when the Wasilla Fire Services Area operational merged with the Lakes Fire Services Area. They legally consolidated in 1991 to form the Wasilla-Lakes Fire Service Area. OPerating out of 7 stations they cover 150 square miles including the City of Wasilla and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sunrise in the Forest

Last morning on the mountain. Flat Tops Wilderness, Colorado. October 2014.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sons of Israel

There are many building in and around south central Pennsylvania that I've always admired as I drove by. Many, I think, "I'm gonna stop and gets some pictures of that building someday." The Sons of Israel synagogue on the northeast corner of  King and Second Streets in Chambersburg is one of them. It was originally the Second Congregation of the Methodist Episcopal Church and purchased in 1878 by the King Street Evangelical United Brethren Church and in 1939 it was purchased by the Congregation Sons of Israel. The synagogue is the only one in Franklin, Adams, Fulton and Southern Cumberland Counties.

Monday, December 15, 2014


You probably thought I forgot about the whale pictures. Nope. This is one of the humpback whales we saw surfacing on our Alaskan Whale Watch. This is on Auke Bay north of Juneau. Along with our bus trip into Denali National Park, this is one of the best parts of the entire Alaska trip last June. This is whale number 1538, better known as Smudge. This is 10 pictures out of  a sequence of 29 I took of this whale surfacing.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Vail Fire And Emergency Services, Station 3

Vail Fire and Emergency Services, Station 3, 2399 North Frontage Road West, Vail, Eagle County, Colorado. Vail Fire and Emergency Service was established in 1964, the West Vail Fire Station opened in 2011. Vail Fire and Emergency Services is a combination career and volunteer department. These pictures were taken from Interstate 70 when we were slowed by construction, Station 3 sits on the north side of the interstate. These are to update pictures posted 12/21/2012.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Line Up

Helmet line up on Engine 152 after the structural burn class at the Franklin County Public Safety Center in Chambersburg, Pa.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Cookie Apocalypse Has Begun

Lord help us. The Cookie Apocalypse is upon us. You know it's gonna be epic when you have to hit two different Wal-Marts to get enough butter. There is 20 plus pounds of flour, 16 pounds of sugar, 5 dozen eggs and more than 8 pounds of chocolate chips. Any attempt at diet is futile.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Original Famous Hot Weiner Lunch (PG202)

Is this the Famous Wiener Lunch? Or the Famous Lunch? Or the Original Famous Hot Weiner? How do you spell weiner? Or is it wiener? Irregardless this memorable joint sits at he corner of York Street and Broadway in Hanover, Pa. It's where "old tradition comes alive" since 1923. This is one of three locations in Hanover.