In the meantime, I've been trying to enjoy the last of our wintery days by getting out into our longer days (we've been steadily gaining light since December, and now we still have some twilight around 9pm!) and enjoying some of the peculiarities of arctic living.
|Tom baits the hooks|
Tom has also finally gotten me to try an Interior Alaska winter past time that I have, up until now, scoffed at. Ice fishing. Yes, it does sound incredibly lame, and I certainly anticipated being very bored by the whole thing. But, Tom somehow managed to make it sort of fun and I actually really enjoyed participating in such an old subsistence activity. I could see living in a remote place and eating fish several times per week since it's such a low-energy way to harvest food!
So far we've only managed to hook one burbot which is currently filleted and in my freezer awaiting our next neighborhood dinner gathering. Their flesh is white and firm, so I'm expecting something a little like halibut (now there's a real fish!). Tom is an excellent cook when it comes to fish - my expectations are high!
|My snowy ski-jour trail|
Looking at these photos, I guess I have to conclude that I actually love winter and all the wonderful activities it brings to my arctic world. Maybe if it could just be a little shorter...and less chilly....
Until next time, thanks for reading!