February arrived and it’s amazing how much daylight we are gaining right now. What’s not that amazing is the temperatures we’ve had. Three weeks ago it was basically all 40 below, and two weeks ago after a mild (-26C) weekend we were back at -39C.
What about the temperatures this past weekend you might wonder? Well, it rained. End of story. My joy about this was close to zero. Today? It is snowing….
The sunrise and sunset is amazing though, you can’t beat that. That’s all I can say.
This past August marked the 5 year celebration in Alaska, yes 5 years, it feels like an eternity but also extremely short. This will be my 6th winter….and to be honest I am getting tired. Tired of the darkness, tired of the cold, tired of the commuting in the wintertime, tired of the outhouse, tired of having to deal with no running water, tired of organizing firewood, yeah tired of winters in Alaska, especially now when we already have -18C days…
But then I think about all the pretty things here in the wintertime, there is not only darkness.
Have you ever seen the sun shine bright on a -40 degree day?
Have you ever seen the moisture in the air freeze, creating what we call ice fog and diamonddust?
Have you ever seen the top of Denali glow in the sunset?
Have you ever skied or biked to work when its colder than -35 C or F to watch the beauty of the snow?
Have you ever experienced the sunrise at 11 in the morning and the sunset around 3pm, and the light it creates?
Have you ever smiled to the fact that the temperature is only -25C?
Have you ever enjoyed beer from a local brewery when it’s -15C outside next to a handmade icebar?
Have you ever cross country skied a marathon up a ridge, with switchback turns to come back down again on the day of -30C?
Have you ever seen the aurora explode above you after a full day of backcountry skiing near a village that throws blindfolded snow-machine races on their airstrip?
Have you ever seen the start of a 100 mile race in the middle of nowhere on a gorgeous winter morning?
Have you ever crosscountry skied 11 miles straight up a hill and then down again to experience some soaking in hotsprings on a -20C weekend?
I guess there is not always darkness, but it sure makes it easier to see the hard things in your life once you start to think about them. So, there is not always darkness, and it’s not always cold. In fact most of the time during the wintertime we have blue sky and sun…and trust me that sun do help a lot even on the darkest days.
By the way, did you happen to see this trailer? I wish I could see the full version, or rather all the short movies….if you live in Sweden you can, and you should so you can report back to me,
have a nice week ðŸ™‚
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I currently live in Fairbanks, Alaska, and have lived here since August 2009. In this blog I will share my photographs from my life here, and of course stories about life in general in Alaska. So if you are as enthusiastic about an active outdoor life and love nature and photography as much as I do, you will probably like it.
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