Monday, January 11, 2010

Another January day...

Two days ago, I was gloating about our mild winter and quipped, "But as sure as I write this, a Siberian Express will sneak in and ruin the fun." Last night, the sky cleared, the wind came up out of the north and the temperatures starting falling. They have continued to drop all day and as the sun sets, it is about 12. Yesterday, the beaches were busy as they have been for weeks and Beluga Lake had a small crowd of ice skaters. I took one picture of someone enjoying a para-sail ride on skates posted below. Today all was quiet except a cold north wind. So to keep my thoughts warm, I have posted a slide show of Halibut Cove and Kachemak Bay, taken during the milder weather.

Parasail skating

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Last January and the January before...

I talked to my father, who resides in northeast Nebraska, and he is snowed in. In fact the whole town is snowed in for the 2nd time in the past 2 weeks. Temperatures to -28 were forecasted for overnight. People shiver when they think of Alaska in the winter. Our low last night was 33…above, that’s 61 degrees warmer than the cornhusker state. We were there last year at this time helping my father and I was cold to the bone. Such is the Midwest with a real winter.

Two years ago at this time, we were in Milan, Italy where the temperatures were consistently in high 30’s to high 50’s. We were there for 3 weeks and saw no snow other than in the Alps. This year is different; temperatures at or below freezing, with snow and ice storms. The coffee shops (on every block…must be where Starbucks came up with their business plan) are no doubt thriving. A slide show of our home while visiting Umbria/Tuscany and some of the many interesting places we visited…




To Blog or not to Blog?


I’m not sure I will find the self-discipline to make a good blogger, but having been inspired by others and being a fresh new year, I am ready to give it a try. Perhaps the voyage will give me the courage to begin a book which I have been giving lip service for some time.

My friends, the Gundys, http://gundyville.blogspot.com/, have just posted on the chilly weather in Florida. At the other extreme is Alaska; we have, so far, had an easy winter. Other than a week of cold and snow around Thanksgiving, we have enjoyed mild weather. The snow shovel is rusty, the woodpile still substantial and the heating bills are modest. We have been able to enjoy the outdoors through walks on the beach although traditional winter exercise is getting a little sketchy with the lack of snow and the abundant ice. But as sure as I write this, a Siberian Express will sneak in and ruin the fun . A beach photo before it snows again...

From Kachemak Bay