I am not an outdoor gal, and my style reflects this lifestyle. While Alaska would provide great scenery for outdoor outfits, an outdoor scenery seems to be out of place with with my look that is very urban grounded when it comes to outfits I wear at work or when going out dancing, and even when I exercise.
Don’t get me wrong! I love living in Alaska! I love the loneliness and nature when driving out of town – south or north – it doesn’t matter. Once you are about 35 miles away from the Fairbanks metropolitan area (this area is made up by the cities of Fairbanks, North Pole, Fox and College) you are out of cell phone contact. You may drive 30 minutes and in winter even longer without oncoming traffic. It is just you in your car and the wilderness around you. Heading North, the only hint at civilization except for the haulway itself is the trans-Alaska pipeline that can be seen from the haulway to the oilfields once in a while.
I love the extremes of the climate in the Interior with temperatures that range from −66F (−54oC; observed on January 14, 1934) to 99F (37oC; recorded on July 28, 1919). Fort Yukon that is located even farther north than Fairbanks even recorded a maximum of 100F (38oC). The reason for this wide temperature range are the frequent temperature inversions, the long summer and short or even lacking winter daylight hours, Chinook (Föhn), and wind direction. The pineapple express, for instance, brings warm, moist tropical air to southern Alaska. Once this air made it over the Alaska its temperature has increased due to the Chinook effect. In the Interior, the pineapple express then may bring above freezing temperatures including icing rain in the middle of winter.
I love the beautiful clouds, the optical phenomena, awesome sunrises and sunsets, the aurora dancing in the clear winter sky. In clear winter nights, you can see the space station and/or satellites orbiting from one horizon to the other.
I love seeing the wild animals. Squirrels, snow hares, sandhill cranes, Canada geese, all kinds of ducks, ptarmigans, and voles (an Alaska version of mice with very short tails) are all common sights. In my over 15 years in the Interior, I saw three black bears all at once passing the Alcan about 200 yards (183 m) in front of the camper we had rented. When still living out in Goldstream, I saw a wolverine, a wolf, lynxes, and a porcupine in our yard and countless moose, of course not at the same time. One can also see bald eagles and hawks each year soaring over the Fairbanks metropolitan area.
On my birthday this summer, we had five special animal guests. A mom, dad, and three kids of an owl family. The kids were sitting on the roof of our neighbor’s utility hut. One of them was munching on a rabbit or snow hare, while the others were sort of resting or sleeping. The parents were flying in the area to hunt. Of course, we evacuated our cat immediately! I wonder how many food the poor parents had to get their three kids this big from spring to summer.
How do you like these cute outfit photo bombs? They are head turners and make for a great background for a real Alaska summer outfit photo. 😉
When you like these cute photo bombs please tweet your friends to have a look at these owls!
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Photos: G. Kramm (2016)
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