It was raining heavy this morning, and so cozy! I was planning to go to the DMV to get my driver’s license (so I can become a state resident and receive the Alaska Permanent fund dividend$!), but found out that today is the one day of the week that it is closed. So, I cooked a yummy, warming pasta with tomato sauce, using the rest of my going-bad veggies. DMV tomorrow.
Deep rain puddle
I went out for a walk after the rain. Rain boots are essential, because there are deep mud (most roads aren’t paved) puddles everywhere with no drainage, so you must go puddle jumping!
All the kids love to play in the rain and snow-melt mud puddles here. Often the puddles are deeper than their wellies (muck boots), so their feet must be sloshing around in freezing water!
The rain and the weather moving in made the temperatures a lot colder today–in the 40s, and as if to emphasize that, I saw these guys going South:
I love the sound of rain on a tin roof…but snow?!
Thinking of the cold approaching, I am in awe of the ramshackled, tin shed, weathered wood buildings around town. I know these are normal in places in the south, but in the frozen tundra, just down under the Arctic Circle with bitter, bitter cold?!?!! What really amazes me is all of the tents in the old pictures from the 1900 gold rush. “Nome, Alaska July 1900” Image Archives, Alaska State Library Photos
I cannot even begin to fathom living in a tent here! People are tough up this way. Today while I was bundled up, I crossed paths with many people in t-shirts and shorts….this does not bode well, I’m afraid.
My friends Phil and Sarah told me that the best way to acclimatize to the winters is to just get out every day. And that sometimes Sarah even likes to go run when it’s dark and cold and the winds are howling (even into a subzero headwind), because it’s a way of embracing what is here, accepting it, and even enjoying it. She did that especially while Phil was kayaking (for a charity cause) from Nome up north to Barrow, deep into the Arctic Circle…at the top of Alaska. It blows my mind. Check out their awesome blog~ Nome Misadventures. I like their advice. It’s applicable for anywhere, really. We will see how it goes…
I walked down by the sea with a chilling wind, but the sun came out, and the Norton Sound was as gorgeous as ever. And then I walked to the grocery/trade store to get a couple of items. The prices still take me by surprise (see post about cost of groceries in Nome). I also bought a bottle of wine—what I normally pay $10 for, was $22 here!!!
Of note, there are 9 churches and 11 bars in town. That’s a lot of both for a small town!