"A mind once stretched by a new idea can never regain its original dimensions." ~Oliver Wendall Holmes
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
In Bethel, we only have two seasons. There's snow boot season and mud boot season. Above is a picture of the boots that I've collected over the years here in Bethel. I've had other boots, but they havent been as good as these. The boots on the right have been my winter boots for awhile. They are boots that we originally bought for Avery when we first moved out here when he was in 6th grade. When Avery grew out of them the following year, I claimed them as my own. They are from Cabella's and supposedly rated to -60. I was originally very unhappy with these boots because my feet were always cold in them, but I put a different liner in them from another pair of boots and they are much better now. They are rubber on the bottom for any watery situations which is good for this area because we do get periodic melting throughout the winter. These are the boots I wear when I'm snowmachining or out walking in the snow. These are my winter boots. Since then I've learned that I dont really like Cabella's gear. Just not very good quality. I also have a pair of Ugg type boots that I wear in the winter when I'm just doing my day to day stuff that mostly involves going from a building to the car and back.
The boots in the middle are just standard issue gardening mud boots from Target. I wear these when I need to slide on a pair of mud boots quickly to go from the house to the car and from the car into work or some other quick place. These are convenient, but dont have any insulation so they are cold. They also dont have any support so I cant wear them if I'm going to walk for any amount of distance.
The boots on the left are the mud boots that I got a few years ago when I was planning on staying in Bethel for the summer. They are the "real deal" mud boots. They are LaCrosse boots with 800gm of Thinsulate for warmth. I love these boots. These are the boots that I wear whenever I go out fishing or berrypicking. They are very warm so I can be safe and warm even on cold, rainy days. They also have a good amount of support, so I am comfortable wearing them if I'm going for a walk in the mud or on the tundra. They are also knee high so they provide waterproof coverage even in the deep boggy parts on the tundra. They fit snug on my calves and high a tightening strap across the top so that even if I were to get water above my boot, it wouldnt be able to get in. I bought these boots from the Army Navy supply store in downtown Anchorage. That place has definitely become my favorite place to buy gear in the last few years.
Saturday, April 07, 2012
While I was in Anchorage for spring break this year, I stopped by play it again sports to check out their skis. It just so happens that all their skis where 50% off that week. So, I purchased by first pair of cross country skis. In the last month, I've used them about 5 times. We had another 2 week's of -30 in April so I didnt get out much then, but since it's gotten a bit warmer, I've tried to ski pretty regularly. The picture above shows Sadie and I skiing on a day that was so warm, we ended up peeling off many of out layers. We didnt even have coats on and we were still sweating. It was about 30 degrees that day, but the sun was beating down pretty nicely and there was no wind so we felt really hot. There was sweat literally dripping off of my knees.
Thankfully many of my friends also have skis so there are lots of people to ski with. While my friend Erin was in town visiting, we went skiing on a day that was pretty cold and windy. It ended up being about-20 that day and I had on all my new ski gear for the first time. I ended up being pretty cold and Ryder ended up with a little frost bite on his pink little belly.
Poor guy was so cold that day. I really need to find a nice winter sweater for him that will cover the bare skin around his little peepee. His had icicles hanging down from his poor little penis. I ended up being a little colder than I would have liked, but not dangerously so. We skied a 5 mile loop that day and it was great to get out with Erin and Chris, especially since they were the ones that originally taught me how to ski.