Adam and my first winter in Alaska was the snowiest winter on record. Ever. We got more snow in Alaska last winter, our first winter in Alaska, than the state has EVER SEEN BEFORE.
Welcome to Alaska, would you like to see how much snow we can make?
People around us were complaining, THE SNOW! OMG THE SNOW! But Adam and I didn't know any better so we just thought all the white fluffy stuff was lovely and spent our six months of winter blissfully romping in the fluff. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, dog sled races, sledding, you name it, we did it.
So as this winter approached we naturally assumed that we wouldn't break snow records, but we'd probably at least see a bunch of the stuff.
There have been two, count them, two snow dumps this winter. IT HAS ONLY SNOWED TWICE THIS WINTER.
By this time last winter we were so utterly drowning in the stuff Adam and I had spent every single weekend after Halloween at REI buying snow gear. Hats, gloves, scarves, snowshoes, cross-country skis, snow pants, snowboards, thermals, socks. We basically bought out their entire winter department. If REI sells it, we probably own at least one. Probably closer to three.
So now we're just confused, and waiting. Two week forecast currently calls for sun, sun, and more sun. With a side of 11 degree weather.
Since I can't cross-country ski in the stuff (one of the world's best workouts, ever) I've been going on snowy walks. Which are pretty, but lack a little of the pzazz as skiing through the winter woods.
It is nearly December and we have less than a foot of snow on the ground. Last winter by this time we already had about four feet of snow on the ground, and over Thanksgiving weekend we had 36 straight hours of snow that the plows could hardly keep up with. We went cross-country skiing on Thanksgiving day, and later in the weekend we took the dogs snowshoeing where the powder was so deep the dogs had to leap like deer to make a path. It. Was. Heaven.
This Thanksgiving? We probably wont even need to shovel the driveway.
This place is so bizarre.