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My First Real Snow Experience in Alaska

November 7, 2013

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.

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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!

So I guess I can check that off my bucket list

So I guess I can check that off my bucket list

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.

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Ducks! Swimming in an ice cold river!

IMG_3944 IMG_3947 IMG_3952 IMG_3951I was even able to find a geocache. and spot a little Harry Potter grafitti.

IMG_3949I 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!)

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