Yesterday the mosquitoes were uncommonly quiet, so I decided to burn our branch pile. Here in Alaska, we have to get a burn permit (good for 3 years) and then get permission on the day you're going to burn. It seems like a good system to help keep the fire danger down.
The pile burnt so quickly...it was crazy. I had the hose out the whole time spraying down the area around the fire. Alaska is insanely dry, so I was a bit of a nervous wreck, but it all came out just fine (thank goodness).
With the mosquitoes apparently sleeping for the day, we took the opportunity to hang out outside and do a "camping" evening. We didn't actually camp, but it sure felt like it...
Roasting hot dogs over a (very) smokey fire
Relaxing with a good book
Getting sticky fingers
Eating graham crackers with those sticky fingers
The kids had a blast and so did Dave and I. Spending time together is always so much fun.
Maybe one of these days we'll progress to breaking out the tent.