Winter is here to stayPosted: November 3, 2011
It is getting cold here. This morning it was -15 when I got up and hours later it is still that cold. People who live here tell us it will only get colder. The sun is rising later too, around 9:45AM, and tonight it will set around 5:30PM. Daylight is shrinking. I am excited to experience these bizarrely short days but also a little nervous. What happens to your sense of time when the day is so short?
But on the other hand, everything is winter-white and pretty. The trees are coated in snow like white chocolate covered pretzels. And the sunsets are so long and colorful I almost forget that I haven’t even had dinner yet. It’s like sherbert across the sky. My desk in our apartment is strategically set in the corner surrounded by windows. From here I have watched the season speed by in the months that we have been in Alaska. But I think I am most surprised by winter. The snow is so perfect sometimes it looks like a dream.
Yesterday, I walked to the library and the post office. It was -1. It was cold, but not as bad as I imagined it would be. You feel the chill mostly on your face and when you breathe (think frozen nose hairs). I took our camera and snapped a few pictures. I have to say, November 3 feels a lot more like December in Alaska.