|Winter - Alaska (04 January 2017)|
The one question we get asked often is "what do you do in the winter?" So many assume that all of Alaska is dark and extremely cold this time of year.
Let's start by stating it's not like a light switch, the light doesn't suddenly get shut off. It's a gradual loss of light. As for the amount of light we have this time of year really depends on how far north you live. Those that live on the coast of Alaska have more light than we do in the interior. What's more is that there is a difference in the amount of light between us and Fairbanks, as they are farther north. Those in far northern locations, like Nome, then yes, your winter is dark for 67 days of the year. We've passed the darkest day of the year, December 21st, and are now gaining light gradually. As of today, we have 4 hours, 43 minutes of daylight.
It's not always 40 below zero here either. Our winter weather varies, just like everywhere else that gets cold and snowy. Sometimes it tends to be more extreme, but winter is winter.
Back to the famous question - "what do you do in the winter?" Personally, Hubby and I aren't winter people. We hunker down and hibernate. We're not the outside enjoying the snow kind of people. We don't own snowmachines. We don't snowshoe. We don't snowboard or ski, although we both own cross-country skis and I need to get boots. Might need to get on that, since this year there is enough snow to actually ski in. We're indoor winter people. Movie-watching, book-reading, food-eating, jammie-wearing, stay cozy, winter people.
What do you do in the winter?