I did NOT mean to let 16 days to go by without blogging. It’s an understatement to say I’m busy juggling deadlines and other work projects, causing the blog to sit on the back burner. But onward!
By now, the rest of America is catching up on seasons. The trees are bare and there is the spine-tingling promise of snow. But Justin & I enjoyed our first month at our cabin in Healy from mid-October to mid-November and it was nothing but winter (I expected nothing less). So I thought I’d give y’all a dose of Hygge, while filling you in about our adventure.
When we pulled up to the cabin on Oct. 16, there was a foot of snow and it was 20 degrees INSIDE the cabin.
Fortunately, we experienced one of our first lessons about living in Alaska. I could certainly be wrong in explaining or understanding this, but it seems Alaska is virtually humidity free. With all layers of the atmosphere below freezing, nothing can hold moisture. We arrived 10 days after this snowstorm; the snow was STILL light and fluffy enough to blow away.
The powered sugar fairytale look was a daily theme. I will admit, we were deeply immersed in writing deadlines for Backpacker, so spent a lot of time hibernating while digesting product specs and stringing together words that sound punchy, yet informative. But when we got outside, we had a hard time not salivating at the world around us.
We’re thoroughly impressed with our wildlife sightings already, and we haven’t even gone outside much. There were moose prints all over our driveway, and even IN our outhouse when we showed up. We did catch 2 moose using our driveway as their passageway one morning. Then, a lynx crossed in front of our car while driving to the post office. I walked outside to pee at first light (8ish?) and saw 10+ caribou on the street. Last, but not least, we heard a pack of wolves in our backyard one evening!!
And we have a pet!! A snowshoe hare!! We’ve affectionately named him “PB” because he hangs around the outhouse (can you figure out what the PB stands for???).
We are definitely still in the honeymoon phase of living in Alaska and owning our cabin. The darkness and the cold haven’t bothered us too much … yet. But our lowest temp was -3 and we were still in the “light” with the sunrise at 9:15am and sunset at 4pm.
There’s definitely a whole behind-the-scenes look at the less-than-glorious factors: living without running water, having to go outside at below-zero temps to use the outhouse. But that deserves a whole other blog post, so instead I’ll leave you with utterly enchanting photos.