Welcome to Alaska – A little ice, some icy snow with quaint ambient lighting
I hear it’s pretty cold everywhere else! Well, I need a new roommate and you only have to share the bathroom with two other people. January is the new April for us in AK. The average temperature is a balmy 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Not bad for keeping meat fresh in your trunk. It melts a little during the day. You could scrape something like hamburger and make a patty out of the outside layer while the inner slab of meaty-ness will stay frozen for a long stretch.
If you like to drink we have lots of ice. Lots. 4 to 6 inches thick on my driveway. My roommate and I tried to use an ice tool on it but we only managed to clear a 20 ‘ x 1’ walkway and then some chunky dings for the other 30 ‘ down so we could practice our ice climbing.
I’m afraid there is no skiing. None of any kind, due to our preference for ice. There is some “light” occasionally during the day time, but don’t count on it. We get fresh fruit and vegetables but that means they were fresh before they got put on the barge a week ago, far, far, away. Stick with the frozen meat.
We do have some lovely sunsets in the winter which you will be lucky to see if you get out of work early.
I left work early this day, don’t tell anyone.
We get bonus colors because the sun reflects on the great amount of ice we have!
You’ve heard of black ice, this is pink ice, equally dangerous but pretty.
There are many jobs, especially wanted are ice sculptors. We get our famous Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend each year which usually goes to prevent ice from forming on our faces as we sleep.
All in all, it’s better than being really hot isn’t it? That’s what I tell myself about getting older as well.