Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Winter Time in Fairbanks, Well not exactly

I spent a quick weekend in Fairbanks which is about 3 hrs plane flight with a layover in anchorage. I met with a public radio station there at the university to talk about some work stuff. I went on a Friday so I could check the city out and hang with a friend, Rachel, I made two summers ago wwoofing on an island near Juneau.

I've been both terrified and curious about the winter up in the north. They get as low as -60. Yes, that's a real temperature. But they are inland which means not much wind or rain. It's pretty dry there and they also have sunny days. And now with gaining 6 mins of daylight a day, the sun is felling nice and warm. But I brought up the warmth with 30 deg temps. Night were chilly with single digits but we did not go out late. I was pooped.

I got to ski on my first river with 4 dogs, do an 8 hr drive to a hot springs in a green house, community sauna, do an intense yoga/pilates class (it hurt to laugh or cough 3 days afterwards), and checked out the only 2 breweries in town. And got to know Rachel better. She has a super outlook on life and inspiring attitude.

Overall it was a great trip. It's interesting that there's such a huge university up there and I was surprised to see so many young females. But I must say, I still love the Homer scenery even with our cooler summers and cloudier/wetter weather! Click here for some shots.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Homer Feb: ski, write and light

I can't believe in just a few weeks how much daylight we have. Jan was a rough energy month for me. So happy it has  past. Now energy is higher than normal and i am already having a hard time making my bed time of 11pm. so crazy how light effects the body. sunset is at 630 and there's more hours to come! And soon we have daylight savings which is not really needed in AK.
Been busy with reading and writing for my class. I expected it to be difficult, but learning how many challenges writers faces and not sure if this is something I can stick with in the long run. I just do not see myself being able to give more time to it which is so needed....
My goal is to cross country ski at least once a week which is a great workout and nice way to get fresh air here. And soon, I will be able to go after work because of the daylight. I also just tried skate skiing which is more of a work out  and boy can my buns feel it the next day, but I think I prefer cross country for now. Not much else to report Click here for small photo album.