Saturday, February 21, 2009
Just What the Doctor Ordered
Sunlight, warm temperatures, and no agenda.
It has been a long time since I could say that my criteria for an exceptional day in Alaska was met.
With daylight hours extending until well past 6 p.m. and sunrises peeking over the Chugach range shortly after 8 a.m., our family is well on its way to pre-spring bliss.
Weather forcasts called for sunshine and temperatures in the high 20's to low 30's, enough of a reason for Yukon and I to pack up kid and kaboodle (dog, harness, leashes, water, etc.) and truck a few miles south and east to a lovely section of BLM land. Our mission was actually threefold; one, get the child with a cold out of the house for some fresh air; two, work the dog on his skijoring practice, at which he did very well, (pat self on back); and three, investigate appropriate sites for our upcoming "Idita-Party" on March 7th when Yukon's sister and brother-in-law will be visiting from Portland for the legendary Iditarod Sled Dog race.
All accomplished, plus bonus ski time for Bear. It was a delightful day, full of warm fingers and feelings and a release from the events of the past week. A day that was meant for sitting in the warmth of the sun enjoying life.
With a cold beer, of course.
Dang, but I love it here.