Category: Winter

Spring

Did you hear it?  I was outside collecting a winter’s accumulation of trash that the melting snow had uncovered in my yard when I heard it.  It was a distinctively metallic sound with a frequency lower than the bass limit of a humpback whale’s… Continue Reading “Spring”

Breaking Up

Ah, Breakup!  My favorite season of Alaska’s year.  How oft during the tedious months of winter have I pined for these halcyon days?  Now the time has come for long lost treasures to be relinquished from the icy talons of winter’s merciless grasp.  Viruses,… Continue Reading “Breaking Up”

Winter Skin

One of the perks of living in the beautiful, savage State of Alaska is the opportunity it affords me to sample a wide variety of exotic skin care products.  The unique combination of low humidity, high wind and severe cold has a way of… Continue Reading “Winter Skin”

The Arctic Death Squeeze

The brisk weather we’ve been experiencing lately here in Interior Alaska has been a wonderful learning experience.  Hopefully it has taught my friends and neighbors a thing or two–especially my neighbor, Bing Snudlick.  People get complacent when the weather is too warm.  However, at… Continue Reading “The Arctic Death Squeeze”

Hooding

The winter Olympics are commandeering a lot of news time lately.  It’s a great thing, competition and all.  Training hard, facing formidable odds, bringing home the gold for your country, abusing steroids—these are epic deeds and certainly newsworthy.  I don’t begrudge those spandex-wearing, ridiculously… Continue Reading “Hooding”

To Ski or Not to Ski

Back in the days when Black Rapids ski slope was open to civilians, my wife wheedled me into renting some downhill skis, and buying a pass and a lift ticket.  She bribed me by describing panoramic vistas, exhilarating outdoor air, fun, excitement, and exercise. … Continue Reading “To Ski or Not to Ski”

The Ice Scootch and Other Winter Tricks

During Alaska’s brief summer it is sometimes hard to tell who is a sourdough and who isn’t.  While it’s balmy out, clever resourceful tourons and cheechakos are usually able to fake it enough to blend in with the experienced Alaskans.  As long as they… Continue Reading “The Ice Scootch and Other Winter Tricks”