Who is that masked skier? Its hard to tell when you are bundled up to avoid frostbite. It was good to see folks enjoying the afternoon despite the cold.
Today brings cold weather of minus something below. This frosty branches look good enough to eat in the afternoon light. But the cold keeps us close to the house.
Christmas Eve, Afternoon
A short day. Its just past 4pm and the sun is already leaving us. But an additional 2 minutes or more of light each day is something to look forward to.
Tom and I are occasional down hill skiers. We decided that a relaxing weekend at Aleyska was just the ticket for a long weekend over Thanksgiving. We decided to hit the top of the mountain for our first run. We did wonder why we seemed to be the oldest skiers on the tram. But a few snow plows later and we made it down the mountain.
This November was one of the coldest on record. We had several large storms that battered the coastal communities with wind and tidal surges. There were also brutally cold days too. But now December has been milder, with several weeks of rain.
This is Bethel’s version of running water. A truck comes and delivers up to 1500 gallons of potable water into our clean water holding tank each week. Then a different truck comes to collect our waste water on the same day too.
There are some parts of town that have piped water. But the pipes must be run above ground and insulated.
Flocks of Cackling Geese mark the changing seasons. They also are pretty competitive berry pickers cleaning the patches near the house.
Tom spots another gull along the river at the annual YKDNWR Bird Fest.