Sunday, January 4, 2009
We Keep Shivering
Argh. Still cold; really cold. Last night's low for Anchorage was somewhere in the
-35 range. I don't think it has been this cold since we moved here almost exactly three years ago. Thank goodness, as I am not sure if I would have adapted as well.
Interior Alaska (Fairbanks, Tok, Delta Junction, and around Denali National Park) are truly suffering; -50+ at night with a daytime high of only -25 or so.
Theoretically, any exposed skin freezes quickly, first burning, then becoming numb. Not so good if you are trying to talk with a numb chin (try to say 'numb chin' anyhow, huh?)
Jasper and I nonetheless went for a quick jog around the neighborhood today while the sun was still out and while I still had my courage. I dressed in about ten layers, added a balaclava and sunglasses (which promptly fogged up), outfitted the dog and away we went. The photo above clarifies just how cold it really is; after 25 minutes Jasper's nose had frost, and my balaclava was frozen to my face. Jasper had to get warm after that..
Bear and I are going down to Portland on Tuesday to visit with my sister and husband, and their new baby. I never thought I would be glad to get out of the snow and into the rain; you heard it here first.