I am hopeful that this summer will be warmer than last. And I do not mean literally in higher temps and less rain, but more so mentally speaking. Spending a full winter and soon to be year in AK as of May 9th, I have come to understand the space a bit better.
Not that Homer winters are super cold compared to Northern Alaska and this last winter was pretty mild. But coming from lots of darkness to now seeing the sun quickly making its presence known to us again with comforting warmth, I can feel life coming back to be. That sun proudly standing high above than before. The angle is so high you can truly feel its heat. I can see the extremes shouting out at as us. Truly amazing time warp. It now gets dark after 9pm!
Last summer, I recall being amazed at how quickly things grow here in a matter of months and bursts before your eyes. But coming from winter, it's more dramatic and extreme. Seeing more of the whole than a fraction. Makes ya think and appreciate, be amazed and wonder. It will also be interesting to see this small town transition to a tourist hot spots, lots of fishing and summer jobs with summer seasoned people to be had. It's gonna be weird coming from that side and now seeing it from the town side.
I've been happy with my deicison to stay a winter and not puss out before the cold got colder. As we all know, I despise cold and my hands/feet don't handle it so well. Experiencing the locals and day to day life, without the many summer distractions, has been rewarding and still winter keeps u busy here. I will see summer in a new way: from the change in weather to seeing the tourists pour in. Such a different energy and extrreme transformations to witness.
Thank you to all my friends in Alaska that has helped me make it through the year providing me with warm clothes and gear, house to stay when i was in between housing, to jobs, to home grown food to listening to my craziness when I did not know what to do last fall. I also had a super fun nice Easter dinner with a group of 20 something year olds. Lots of food and chatter.
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