Here Comes the Sun
Posted By Linda Branham on December 21, 2013 @ 11:46 pm
Today is the winter solstice where Alaskans have 9 hours and 32 minutes of daylight and 14 hours and 28 minutes of nighttime.  We like our winter solstice’s in Alaska, it means the sun will start working on some serious warmth and summer can’t be far away.  My favorite month is March, by then you are starting to feel some real warm from the sun.  We have had our share of cold weather and snow already this winter, but since it is far from over, we will get much more. 

Sun setting over Royal Wolf Lodge

Our airport in Anchorage rarely closes down, even with two feet of snow, the trucks and plows are out there continuously keeping those runways clear.  Same with our schools, it is rare to have such a thing as a snow day, which actually closes down the schools.  We are tough in Alaska and sometimes just driving to work on heavy snow days can be quite a challenge, but Alaskans meet that challenge with a strong determination.  Of course we have our fender benders, and there are always those that drive faster than they should for the road conditions, thinking their large pickup trucks are invincible tanks.
Cedar Waxwing enjoying the frosty Mountain Ash berries

We leave Alaska for East Africa next week and won’t be back until February.  We have three groups of photo safaris in Kenya and Tanzania this winter.  All great people and we are very much looking forward to showing them the East Africa we love.  We also have a new website for our small East African Safaris, which we call “Riverbank Safaris”.  It is supposed to be launched before we leave. . . everyone is working as hard as they can to get the site running.  I will let you know when it is and also have a link on this website.  It is such a pleasure being able to run an Alaska/Africa program and Chris and I feel very grateful that our lives have evolved in such a way.  We enjoy being in business’s whose goal is making people happy and creating memories that will last a lifetime.  This is the time of year when you like to reflect on the past and present and we are very appreciative of those that have made this journey such a wonderful one.  It is easy to see evil in the world and if you believed everything you read you would probably

Our 2014 year at Royal Wolf will be our 20th year of operation, which I still can’t believe.  We intend to celebrate the 20th year with the same great staff and perhaps a few surprises thrown in for fun.  There a few vacancies left, so it is not too late to find a date that might suit you.  Dry fly fishing, or perhaps a try at Spey fishing might be just the thing for you in 2014.

Sunset and the Wolf. . .
Have a very happy holiday, Merry Christmas and an excellent New Year.  See you in 2014.