Oh you were cold this winter? Here have some heat!
Alaska has been in the grips of one of the hottest summers ever. We went from snow on the 18th of May to 80 degrees of Summer in two short weeks. The dogs did their shed of winter coats practically overnight and have turned into nocturnal creatures, sleeping all day and ready to play at night. It has also become the time of year where the sun never really sets and it is light enough at 2 am to see well without the aide of a headlamp or flashlight, great fun for the pooches as it means they can see their neighbor and try to engage them in some playtime fun.
Don’t get me wrong I’ll embrace any and all sunlight and warmth, I need to store it up for the coming winter. When the days are short and the temps are 20 below I’ll be able to look deep inside myself and remember they day it was 96 degrees. Ahhhhh!
Alaska seems to be in the holds of winter, it does not want to let go gracefully or easily. We had snow on the 17th and 18th of May. We still have snow left over from the winter months, about a foot or so to be exact. Mud season was here for a bit and then the ground froze again so it will be here again because what’s more fun then one mud season? Well 2 of course!
I moved to my current place mid winter, the dog yard already had snow on it so I had no idea what lay beneath it. I do now! At one time this had been a thriving kennel, home of an Iditarod racer and airplane pilot. Sixty dogs called it home and they lived and trained on this property, the owner died in a plane accident and somebody else stepped into owning the property, they also raced dogs but not on the scale of the former owner. They slowly got out of the racing hobby and the number of dogs dwindled to just a handful, those dogs were moved up to the main house and the large dog yard started to be reclaimed by nature and just junk that needed tossing some place. I’m now raking and burning brush, painting dog houses and building new ones. The dogs are getting some new posts and a fresh layer of gravel and dirt for the bare spots. The goal? To make it look as pretty as you can make a yard where 12 canines call it home.
May 18… YAY Snow
Sam enjoying his newly painted house.
It’s snowing and snowing and snowing……..
No crocus, no tulips, no daffodils, just snow, schnee, neve, sneachta, snö doesn’t matter how you say it it doesn’t change what it is. Why you may ask is a musher pouting because it’s snowing? This musher needs some color about now, something more than white. Pinks, yellows and oranges would be a plus, my friends in the warmer states are already posting photos of their green lawns and pretty flowerbeds and asking me how are my garden plans coming along..they aren’t and from the looks of today it may be awhile yet.
Cabin Fever, I’ve got it bad!
Which makes for happy dogs, they love a good nap in the warmth of the late winter sunshine. They stretch out full length in their yards and soak it all in so that they are all warm and snuggly.
Inara having a nap.
Jenny and Ivory enjoying the sun.