Why do we live in Fairbanks, Alaska? I'm not really sure, especially when I've been looking at weather forecasts like this day after day after day...
(from wunderground.com on January 9, 2009)
Fairbanks, Alaska (Airport)
Updated: 2 hr 55 min 16 sec ago
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am akst Saturday in valleys...
Forecast for Middle Tanana Valley
Mostly clear. Areas of dense ice fog near Fairbanks. Lows 40 below to 60 below...except around 30 below in the hills. Light winds.
State Lows for today:
Northway -61 F
Arctic Village -52 F
So, why are we here? Those of us who choose to stay here are tough. We love a challenge. We love remoteness. We love being 5 minutes from the middle of nowhere. At -45 F yesterday I saw a guy riding his bike to work. Really!!
High noon in Fairbanks, Alaska.
This photo was taken on December 28, 2009 at Ryan Middle School,
12 p.m. Temperature -41 F.
Our house, 3:15 p.m. December 30, 2008. Temperature ?? The thermometer in my car quit working.
Over 2 weeks of intensely cold weather is coming to an end. A warm chinook is blowing in, and our temperatures should be almost 90 degrees WARMER by the end of the week! But it is still only January, and we have MONTHS of winter left. After this chinook we will have plenty of cold, brutal weather to come. Alaska is always extreme!
The 3 hounds are beside themselves with happiness at their ability to run and play outside again for a few minutes at a time. Their humans are relieved that there is a slight reprieve from putting 12 booties on giant feet every time the hounds go outside!
Putting booties on a bloodhound 4 times a day takes some finesse and outright willpower!
The following are photos on our driveway and from our back deck:
The following was taken on the Chena River, Fairbanks, Alaska.
All in all, it takes fortitude to survive in Alaska. We endure it and love it at the same time. The beauty is simply breathtaking no matter the season. I guess that is why we are here...it is beautiful.
I have 3 hounds:
a Treeing Walker Coonhound named Dimond Willow, a Bluetick Coonhound named Molly and
a Bloodhound named Gus. Gus is my blog buddy. He is a 100 pound, 3 year old liver and tan bloodhound. Gus has various nicknames: pee-hound, slobber-hound, tweedle-dumb. As a pup he was mostly known as "Satan in a Puppy Suit."