Monday, January 08, 2007

Life Goes On

This is the Fairbanks winter weather everyone told me to brace myself for. A high of 33-below is just hard to imagine, but here it is. Even so, life here goes on. People still go to work, school, shopping. It's just another day in this part of our world.

Dress for the weather, not the vehicle. Even in the car with all this on I was still chilly. My big toes were numb in my boots.
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There's lots of smoke in traffic when it's this cold.

Near North Pole on the way home from Fairbanks. 35-below at 2:30 p.m.

The Mother Ship today

Driving up to Eielson. It's always colder here by a few degrees than it is in Fairbanks.


CereneOne said...

Wow, that sure looks cold! At B&N I thought they parked inside the store for a minute! Then remembered the cars are most likely plugged in to a heating unit. LOL

Donna said...

Tammy, there's nowhere to plug in at B&N. If it's not colder than 20-below we turn the engine off and go out to start it up again about 20 min before we plan to leave. If it's colder than that we cut our visit short and leave the engine running.

CereneOne said...

Wow, you don't worry with car theft? Does insurance still cover it if you left the car running?

Donna said...

Tammy, the thing is, EVERYBODY here does it, literally (even the cops), and I don't think it would occur to anyone to steal a car. If it's cold enough to leave the car running, then it's too cold for anyone to be out and about on foot lurking in the shadows waiting for an opportunity. And another thing, if they steal the car, where they gonna go? We're out in the middle of nowhere. We have a keypad on the truck, so it's locked even if it's running, and no fool is going to break the window and then drive it - he'd freeze to death.
As for the insurance, that's a good question!

Remind me of this comment when I blog that my car was stolen, okay? :o)

Shelley - At Home in Rome said...

Ciao Donna! I never get tired of your stories and photos, I am continually fascinated. Would you call me crazy if I said I wouldn't mind visiting you? I think it would be fun. In a way this reminds me of the opposite of life in Phoenix, in both cases many people are forced to avoid the outdoors during most of the day as much as possible for the extreme temperatures. Although where you are it's obviously much more extreme and requires much more "gear".

molly said...

Thank goodness for Barnes & Noble. I hope you got a nice hot cup of coffee while you were in there. Shelley, I don't think you'd have a hard time finding friends to stay with in Alaska. My friend Angie and I both love your blog and your tales of Rome.

Donna said...

Shelley, I agree with Molly, you'd have friends to stay with no matter where you went! I can't imagine anyone visiting Alaska and not loving it. I'm sure you would as well.

Molly, don't know what I'd do without my hot coffee. I think I just might die.

Sandy said...

You are as far north as near the North Pole and have a B&N. Even I have to travel 1 1/2 hours to get to a "descent" book store. Is your coat red or orange?

Libbycookie said...

I'm so happy to have stumbled upon your blog! I've been daydreaming about a trip to Alaska lately...though not in winter, I must confess. Here in LA, the temperature went down to 35 degrees last night, and it's a catastrophe for the fruit industry & people complain about how "freezing" it is!