Dense ice fog in the spruce trees along Geist Road at high noon.
The intersection of Airport Rd. and University Ave. around 1pm, -45F
The thermometer has been well and truly stuck on -50F for 3 days now, I tap it, wiggle it, scream at it, nothing moves.
Mazzy Mae is originally from Georgia and she loves going for a walk in -50F. I don't get it. She sticks her nose in the snow and hunts for mice, never gets cold feet and demands biscuits when we get inside. Unfortunately she is useless in a harness.
I pulled the truck over to get Angela in front of the sign at the base of the University. I passed the sign 4 times later on in the day and there was someone taking a picture every time. One time I even saw 2 girls in bikinis screaming at their friend to hurry up and take the damn photo. I have never seen anyone in bikinis in Fairbanks before, let alone in -43F. Unfortunately I did not get a picture of that but it made me think that camping out in front of this sign on a -40F weekend day could make for an interesting photo story. I think the trick is to catch the cold snap early on. Now everyone is sick of it and the novelty is wearing off. I should also like to take this time to thank the frozen truck gods for looking after my toyota and keeping her running. I shall buy her a round of Marvel Mystery oil for her tank in celebration.
Stay warm friends and Happy New Year!