My grandma used to tell me that the Northern Lights were the spirits of our ancestors celebrating as they look down on us from above. If you whistle, they will draw near and dance for you.
-Raymond Frank (per the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitor Center)
Given the snow storm the weekend we were there, our chances of catching the Northern Lights were low, but we persevered to make the most of things either way. At least the cloud cover meant warmer temperatures for the friends who’d agreed to join me and Kris on these adventures, so I didn’t feel like we’d conned these poor Florida-borns into going on a vacation in a freezer.
Exploring Alaska in Late February feels like a study in contrasts, cold environment vs. warm people and houses, rustic natural surroundings and military-grade survival boots. It seemed fitting to double down on this, like some kind of dare from Mother Nature. Continue Reading
Here in the Pacific Northwest, folks are still getting used to having more than a week’s worth of 80+F degree weather. Many houses don’t have air conditioning, and even offices can feel pretty warm. Mine is LEED-aspirational, which means the temps swing up and down just outside most people’s comfort zone, and certainly outside mine.
If you’re lucky enough to have fridge access at work, with ice cubes, and you haven’t struck on this yet, here’s a couple things to try:*
“Instant” Ice Tea!
1 tea bag of your choice
~7 ice cubes
~8 oz hot water
Optional: your choice of creams or sugars
Special edition blog on travels here:
Got to London in the morning, began eating at odd hours almost immediately, and made it to the British Library, home of a nice little collection of hugely historical documents, such as the Magna Carta, various classical composers’ works, Jane Austen’s writing, and Karl Marx, to name only a few. They even acknowledged the history of printing in East Asia far pre-dating western printing. Unfortunately, I was to discover this was only the first of many many sights where they prohibit photos, so I only have pics of things outside the exhibit room. I think the tourists are actually paying more attention in the exhibits without their cameras, though..