Sunrise 6:03 a.m. Sunset 9:20 p.m.
It's Break Up season. Let me tell you, this may be more painful than late winter. As you can see we're having lovely long hours of sunlight. And we've been fortunate enough to have numerous days of sunlight, despite occasional snow showers here and there.
The white is slowly disappearing, and yuck and brown is taking it's place. Slushy roads can be frustrating, and fun. With the 4 wheel drive it's pretty harmless. My floors are muddy, the dogs are muddy, and Cash has a penchant for rolling in all things stinky.
The sun warms my face. Enough to have me trekking through 3 feet of snow to plop my behind in the depths of it to soak up as much heat as possible. I find myself wishing for the dusty trails of summer, looking forward to riding through the depths of night with the sun at our backs, and getting virtually no sleep.
In the past week we have seen the return of the geese, swans and even a small flock of cranes. Soon all the water ways will be spotted white with swans, as well. Song birds flit about, seeking the promise of more food to fuel their bubbly bodies.
The buffalo have moved back to the plains and fields behind Donnelly. We haven't been so fortunate as to see them yet, but we've been tracking their movement through the things they leave behind. I'm hoping they stick around for a while to have their young, I'd love to see them play in the meadows.
This winter has been long and hard for us. I've heard mixed reviews of whether or not it was a harder winter than most. The long-timers will think that perhaps this is nothing, but I know better. Alaskans are tough.
For now I'm imagining fields of wildflowers and endless trails to come. Think Spring!