When it’s spring time in alaska it’s 40 below…. NOT!!
As a child, I can recall long drives from Tok to Anchorage. I remember laying all the seats down in the back of the station wagon, a tassle of blankets and pillows with all of us kids strewn about in them (long before the seatbelt law of course, perhaps prior to seatbelts period). But most of all I remember the music, music from the 8-Track, and mom and dad, well mostly dad singing their heads off. One of the many songs I remember was “When It’s Spring Time in Alaska it’s Forty Below”, by Johnny Horton. Well Johnny…Not this year!
I have blogged about how spring time here several times, Kudos to the Kiddos and What\’ Up Homey, and probably mentioned it several other times. However this year has been truly phenomenal. We always try to take advantage of any sunny spring day, and this year have almost all been warm and sunny. In fact I am sure we have spent more time laying in the sun this spring than all of last summer combined.
Because of the long dark winters, most Alaskans feel guilty wasting sunshine, especially unexpected sunshine, such as spring sunshine. So we do as much as we can outside for as long as we can. We eat, we sleep, we party, we play, we clean, and then we clean again,we try to blog but you can’t see the screen in the sun. You see we do not want to waste a precious minute of that liquid gold, even more so when it is 70 degrees out.
We have enjoyed a birthday party that involved sitting in the sun for four hours, we have played basketball and cleaned out the van, the garage and much more. We have been loving it and trying to take advantage of the 16 hour days, and I must tell you, it can be very exhausting trying to have all that fun. And all this before the kings or red salmon even show up!
So this blog is dedicated to the best spring that I can remember, and I hope and pray the summer is the same. If so, then we will be so exhausted we may hibernate through the winter.