Nearly every day is a day of discovery about winter living in Alaska, and cold climates in general. I’ve spent a lifetime avoiding the coldest weather in the country, and while I won’t say that’s been a mistake, I will say that I have been missing out on so much beauty in the world. Today, I’m trying to track new things that catch my attention, so here’s ten of some amazing discoveries I’ve made.
Ten Reasons Why Winter Living in Alaska is Not Horrible
I used to wonder why on earth anyone would live in a cold, snowy climate. Today, I just think, stare, and wonder. Each day there is something new to discover about the effects of winter, and all that you can (and cannot do) when the snow flies. I’m especially awestruck by things like:
When snow is falling at night, it sparkles like fairy dust.
Ice can form into beautiful patterns on the inside of car and house windows when it gets cold enough.
Going running in zero-degree weather (or lower) is possible, and even tolerable, with the right gear.
Dark winter skies can be colorful.
Musher dogs poop on the run!
Only a fool doesn’t get outside on a sunny winter day in Alaska
Skiing and running with a dog pulling you along is a blast!
Extreme cold weather is usually just a minor inconvenience. Life doesn’t stop up here.
Winter doesn’t mean you have an excuse to fall out of shape.
Living through an Alaska winter will test your physical and mental strength like few things can.
“January is a hard month,” my dear musher friend mentioned the other day as we wrapped up my first day as a dog musher in training. She is right. With so many weeks of morning and afternoon darkness behind us and many more to go, it’s getting harder to wake up at a decent hour and get the day started. But each day I try to remind myself about all that is out there just waiting to be discovered. Like learning how to drive my first dog team! That’s a story for another day.
By the time we are packing up, I’ll have a discovery list ten times this long. These are things I will not see again once the snow melts and winter living in Alaska comes to an end. Big and small, subtle and in-your face, each discovery is something I will never, ever forget no matter where we head to next.