Covid Winter

Man may turn which way he please, and undertake anything whatsoever, he will always return to the path which nature has prescribed for him.

Goethe

And now we are in a covid time and winter is upon us here in Alaska. Thus far it is a wonderful winter. With the changing climate Alaska has really noticed the increasing warmth and problems associated with that. I say normal ski season use to begin the first of October. People laugh and questioned that, and the last time that happened was 1995. (I define skiing as open the garage door, put on skiis and go.) I have for the last years defined winter as being cold, snowy, and dark. The last years the cold and snow has often been missing or inconsistent, which leaves the dark. Biking or skiing in the rain at above freezing temperatures is not a huge amount of fun. But this year is proving great. We have had snow on the ground for nearly 3 weeks now. Anchorage has some of the best ski and bike trails anywhere, and they are groomed exquisitely, primarily volunteer effort and volunteer contributions. Makes for a very fine community.

As for the covid thing well yes we are not socializing as much, not traveling, not getting together. But life is constantly changing and I am finding the new challenges can be exciting. Whereas we would often have a trip planned somewhere exotic or not, it was somewhere, but then I think, people spend a lot of time and money to come to Alaska to vacation, visit or whatever. There are some great things here. And we are enjoying them now, not that we did not before, but in a new light local stuff can brighten up.

Hence for the past 3 weeks, actually for the past 249 days since we went on “lock down” (not a true lockdown) I have been outside everyday. The past weeks exploring the trails has been delightful. Anchorage over the past 4 years, since I last really went mountain biking has developed some awesome single track trails. They have been building them for the past 10 years, but the past 4 years have really taken off. As I volunteer at the ski jumps I hear the near constant whooping of bikers on the trails below going through the woods. A trail called Jeff’s whoop whoop seems to create a lot of noise, and I now know why.

Trail Forks map of trails near my residence

But we are in full blown winter and delightful as the sun is low reaching a peak altitude of about 9 degrees above the horizon. One is required to stop whenever there is an opening amongst the tree which will allow you to stop and just stare at the sun. Sure feels good this time of year.

Sunshine stop
Tour of Anchorage trail Bicentennial park

With temperatures a very pleasant -10 C (14F) the world is quiet and serene. Anchorage has a large variety of micro climates sometimes ranging over 29 degrees C (50 F) over a 16 kilometer radius (10 miles). Most of the riding I find is in the colder areas. From our house it will be -10 C (14F) and we drop down a hill a couple kilometers and the temperature is -17C (4F). But as the saying goes “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear”.

Winter biking
Sunshine through alders

3 thoughts on “Covid Winter

  1. Good to hear from you and I am glad you both are well in Anchorage. Enjoy your winter and keep staying safe. And have fun playing outside. 😀

    Stacey

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  2. Oh bless your heart. WONDERFUL PICTURES AND SUCH GREAT DESCRIPTIONS. ALMOST FEEL LIKE I COULD BE THERE. LOVE YOUR ATTITUDE AND YOU APPRENTLY REALIZE HOW ACTUALLY BLESSED YOU ARE TO HAVE THE STRENGTH, THE WILL, THE ENJOYMENT, AND THE FREEDOM TO MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT LIFE HAS GIVEN YOU. I’M SO PROUD OF YOU AND LOVE YOU BUNCHES FROM HERE. NEEDLESS TO SAY MY LIFE IS QUITE DIFFERENT. GIVEN THE CLOSE QUARTERS AND ALL OF US LIVING HERE WE ARE PRETTY MUCH IN LOCK DOWN. HOWEVER I CAN GO OUT AND AM GRATEFUL THAT I CAN AND DO. TAKE MY EARLY MORNING WALK. STOP AT CHURCH (MASK ON OF COURSE) HOME TO BREAKFAST BROUGHT TO OUR ROOMS THESE DAYS. NO SOCIAL ACTIVITIES, AND MOSTLY JUST SEE MY NEIGHBORS PASSING IN THE HALL. BUT SO FAR MOST EVRERY ONE REMAINS GOOD NATURED. THEY HAVE BEEN VERY STRICT WITH GOOD REASON AND EVEN SO SOME WORKER IN THE HEALTH CENTER ABOUT A MONTH AGO HAD NO SYMPTOMS BUT TESTED POSITIVE AND THAT QUICKLY IT SPREAD DOWN THERE LIKE WILDFIRE. SO FAR NONE IN INDEPENDENT LIVING. I SEVERAL DIED TOO BUT I THINK THE REST HAVE ALL RECOVERED AND OUR BACK IN THEIR ROOMS. NEEDLESS TO SAY WE AREN’T ALLOWED TO GO THERE AT ALL SO I HAVEN’T BEEN DOWN TO SEE MY SIS FOR ALL THESE MONTHS. A FEW TIMES BROUGHT TO A WINDOW WHERE I CAN WAVE. SHE HAS STAYED NEGATIVE. MY ACTIVITIES ARE “SLIGHTLY” DIFFERENT THAN YOURS, SEWING, KNITTING, READING, RECYCLING GREETING CARDS, BUT I TRULY AM FEELING GOOD AND ENJOYING MYSELF,. WILL BE DELIGHTED WHEN WE CAN TAKE OFF MASKS OF COURSE. NO IDEA WHEN. MEETING EACH OTHER IN THE HALL, WE ALL LOOK LIKE BURGLERS. AS OF NOW HOPE TO FLY TO TUCSON LATE JAN. FOR FRANK’S 70’TH BIRTHDAY, WHICH IS VERY LIKELY THE LAST TIME I CAN EXPECT TO SEE ALL MY GRANDCHILDREN TOGETHER. I WILL HAVE TO BE QUARANTINED WHEN I GET HOME BUT THAT REALLY IS NOT MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE WAY IT IS NOW. THANK YOU FOR SHARING . BEGINNING TO GET CARDS READY FOR CHRISTMAS. GOING TO BUY BUNCHES OF POST CARD STAMPS AS THIS YEAR THAT’S MOSTLY WHAT I PLAN TO SEND. AUNTIE Sent from Mail for Windows 10

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