This blog post is not supposed to exist. According to my handy content calendar, today I'm supposed to be writing about snowmobiling in the Mat-Su Valley, and how awesome riding is around this time, thanks to longer days, great snow, etc.
Instead, I'm staring at green grass, which last I checked, makes snowmobiling a bit dicey. That's right - Southcentral Alaska essentially has no snow, and it's Feb. 26. As we sit and watch the nightly news and see cities like Boston, Philadelphia and New York dealing with loads of snow, all we can do is ask Mother Nature what we did to make her mad.
Two weeks ago, I was stranded at Logan Airport in Boston, watching more than 24 inches of snow fall in less than 24 hours. I finally got out two days later, only to land in Anchorage where there was no snow. In fact, it was raining on my drive home, which seemed a bit surreal. Most Alaskans would love to have a couple feet of snow on the ground so we can snowmobile (we actually call it snowmachining), ski and enjoy our wintertime activities.
The Iditarod has moved to Fairbanks as a result, and even that move hasn't been easy, as officials are looking into Plan C because Plan B may be thwarted by unseasonably warm weather in the Golden Heart City. The Iron Dog snowmobile race has been plagued by warm weather and brutal trail conditions. It just doesn't add up that we're dealing with this in Alaska in February.
We're Alaskans though, so we're making due. People have been hiking the Butte, I've seen mountain bikers out on the trails, and basically, we're trying to get a jump start on summer activities by doing them in February. We're also not naive - while we're enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures, we know darn well that tomorrow, we could be in Boston's shoes, with fresh snow dumping on us and subzero temperatures.