Thursday, January 29, 2015

How To Go Sledding In Alaska

BlondieChell's Tips For Sledding In AK:



1. Pick a snow-covered hill. Basically anywhere.

2. Buy some cheap sleds (watch the videos)

3. Dress warm. Tons of layers are recommended

4. Have fun!


Monday, January 19, 2015

6 Reasons I Struggle With Running In the Dark

    I struggle with running in the dark. I'm a sunshine girl, so i have to fight myself to run in the dark. Here are some reasons why:

    1. Dark is scary.

    2. I've seen moose run across the hig uhh way randomly, so I can just imagine one lying in wait, then charging out of nowhere when I pass by.

     3. Bears. I know they're around, I just don't know "where"...

     4. It's not as fun. The scenery? Black. It's all black.

     5. No running trails near my house, so that means running on roads that have sharp turns and winds....which could equal danger for me if I'm running on the road.

     6. I....may be too scared....

Monday, January 12, 2015

Reasons To Love Zambonis

       Yesterday I came to appreciate the role zambonis play on the ice. See, last year was our first time ice skating. Ever. And we took full advantage of living in Alaska by using the outdoor rink at the kiddo's school which was just a block away. Every so often, they would "ghetto zamboni" the rink with a hose and tarp on the back of a truck.
      It didn't matter to me if the ice was "smooth" or not. I seemed to be able to handle it well...except for when they ice wasn't completely frozen that was troublesome.
      Since we moved approx 60 miles away from that location over the summer, I have been searching for a new (and free) locale. However, this winter has been unseasonably warm (I'm calling it an Alaskan Indian Summer) so frozen surfaces can be sketchy.
      Apparently Wasillians frequent the local lake for skating when it's frozen solid, and yesterday seemed like the perfect time for us to try it out. So we did.
      And...then I discovered the important role zamboni's play in the world of ice skating:


        1. They literally do smooth out the ice! See the bubbles and cracks?? (not to mention the random frozen foliage sticking out of the ice) Apparently "natural" ice skating surfaces develop these defects from the freezing and refreezing and stuff landing on them before they refreeze.....





     Okay, I guess that's the only reason I discovered to love zambonis....so now take a gander at the fun family photos we took while ice skating:



            These two just may have spent more time on their knees than their feet....









Monday, January 5, 2015

A Few Reasons To Visit Alaska In The Winter

     Ever wonder Alaska offers in the winter besides frozen tundra, Kodiak bears and The Deadliest Catch??  Well, I documented some of our great features to show you!

            Like a winter sunset on the Turnagain Arm....


         And filling up containers with drinking water from this magical pipe that sticks out of the side of a mountain (no worries-water has been tested!!!){Note: It has been unseasonably warm this winter -typically it's still froze at this time of year}


                Fantastic sunrises!!!


       Finding landscape treasures such as this old bridge!


   Uncaged bald eagles!!!


      Moose. On the side of the road. Just munching.


World's largest chocolate waterfall....Who doesn't want to see this???


              And of course, gigantic chunks of chocolate.....


         Accumulating ice on your beard while running...in the pitch dark...at 8am....in the winter.....


The Aurora Borealis.....right over our house!!!


Free museum entry the first Friday of every month in Anchorage....


    So...when are you coming to visit??