This has been an interesting week. The weather has been a challenge as it snows, blows and makes things a mess. I was supposed to leave on a jet this morning for Fairbanks. Late last night I received a phone call from Alaska Airlines telling me my flight had been cancelled and I had been rebooked for Friday instead of Thursday. I appreciated the call and slept soundly without worrying about the flight's status. It was wonderful to wake up feeling rested!
The power conveniently went off the first time after the coffee was made. As the wind pounded against the south side, my husband and I pulled up our chairs and sat with our feet to our fire. He read by headlamp while I worked on things. Our battery-powered radio updated us on the news, open/closures and the Iron Dog status. ..... school was open, the Iron Dog restart on hold and bomb supplies were found in Texas. The internet was down and our phones weren't working. Other than the bad news, it was a pretty peaceful way to start the day.
About 9 AM they closed the schools. Parents were told to come get their kids. One of the three busses, the Blue, had gotten stuck, the weather was getting worse and the winds were fierce.
But, the power came back on for hot chocolate time!
Two of the Iron Dog teams were still holed up along the trail to Nome and had to be withdrawn from the race. One of the teams was the homeboys, Stacey and Cliff. The drivers and race officials in Nome held a meeting to decide what to do; wait all day or try a mid-day send off. A decision was reached and they sent groups of teams under a yellow flag to Unalakleet to try to get past the storm for the official restart.
For a second day in a row they cancelled all flights to Nome. . .no milk, mail or people in or out.
The strong winds from the south managed to push ice up onto the sea wall and around the Snake River Bridge. Temperatures warmed to above freezing and rain began mixed with the other "stuff". Open water was reported.
|These willows are usually MUCH taller when they are standing upright. And the snow to their left, is DOWN the hill by the river. The drift has really grown.|
A grader came out to clear the impassible Kougarok Road (yeah!) and my husband went up to move cars so they could plow around the blocked vehicles. It took two hours, lots of pulling and a guy who knew how to use the articulating arm of the grader to its maximum potential!
It was a really good day to stay home and watch the world from the inside out.....