Usually when people think Alaska, they think really really cold and lots of snow and bears. (or maybe that was just me, before we moved up here).
Amazingly, Matt & I picked the perfect time to acclimate to Alaska because it was a record hot summer, and we’ve had an outstandingly long and warm fall. (Nice job Alaska! You’re doing an excellent job woo-ing us!)
But I knew this day would come eventually – that the temperatures would drop below freezing and I’d have to put on my big girl boots and learn to drive in the snow.
Unfortunately, it happened when I was an 8 hour drive (or 1 hour plane ride, I just like to be dramatic) from Matt, who I would normally coerce into rescuing me from such events.
I was in Fairbanks, Alaska on Tuesday, November 5th when they received their first real snow of the season. It literally started as my plane landed at 7:30 in the morning. When I got to my rental car, a light dusting had started.
Since it was super early, I got the chance to eat at a place that I think would make my dad proud: The Northern Most Denny’s!
Throughout the day, I made calls to my customers and braved the snow. I was really impressed by my driving skills, though I’m sure they are partially due to how well Fairbanks maintained the roads: They had dirt on the roads to prevent it from getting slick as soon as the snow started to fall.
During my lunch break, I went to a place in town called Pioneer Park and enjoyed the snow and nature.
I know that Alaska is used to the snow and yada yada, but I was still surprised by peoples lack of excitement. It was the first snow of the year! I had to fight every urge within me to lay down and make snow angels. I hope that as we spend more years up here, that we don’t lose the excitement of this event.
I was on a late flight back to Anchorage, so I swung over and tried out a new brewery in town, the HooDoo Brewery. I did 1 oz. tastings of 3 beers, and they were really good. So good, that I will be writing about it for Wine Wednesday next week! (Yay, you have something to look forward to!)