Winter has arrived in Fairbanks. While everyone back east is going to pumpkin patches and corn mazes and enjoying the fall foliage, everyone here in AK is getting their skis out for winter. It’s amazing, really. An inch and a half of snow on the ground and two more by tomorrow night. It seems that it snows lightly and often here. And as the weather won’t rise above 32 until April, that snow just accumulates.
I met Lee after work today at the University to go for a walk on UAF’s trails. They have miles and miles of trails open to the public for walking, skiing, snowshoeing, and biking. They even have lighted ski trails so when it’s dark all day, we can still go skiing! Walking through the woods, we both felt very excited for the winter. I forgot how much I love the feeling of being cold on the outside, but all warm on the inside from being active. Then, when it’s all done, you go inside and your thighs tingle as they thaw. What a great feeling! It reminds me of downhill skiing with my dad every Sunday as a kid, or cross country skiing across Rangeley Lake with Big E. Now I’m ready for the hot apple cider!