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Winter 2015

Winter 2015


You have no idea how beautiful of a thing that is. Even though I’m in New England, where as I’ve said before, Spring is mainly that muddy time when the snow has melted but we’re not really warm yet. After an East Coast winter that pretty much shattered all the  records for being cold, snowy, and miserable, any spring will do.

So what was I up to this winter? Besides being snowed in repeatedly and fighting a losing battle against the ice dam that caused my roof to leak for two months straight?

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Well, not as much as I would have liked to have been up to. See above, re: being snowed in, trying to keep my roof from collapsing, ect. But I did manage a few local trips, some good food, and one semi-epic Alaskan winter roadtrip. Here’s a quick list of highlights:

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January-March, 2015


My hometown in Connecticut.

Places visited:

Providence RI, Boston Mass, Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Denali National Park, Alaska.

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Anchorage to Fairbanks, March 8th. 359 miles.


  • Bedbugs, from a hostel in Fairbanks. SO itchy.
  • Also chilblains, which are apparently a thing that happens.
  • Getting stuck in a snowbank in by a highway in Alaska, on previously mentioned roadtrip.


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Important lessons learned:

Letting your socks get wet when it’s near freezing is dumb.

Letting the rental agency give you a car without snow tires when its March in Alaska is dumber.

Personal Records:

New coldest temp: -18F, Fairbanks, March 9th.

Unusual Foods:

This chocolate is toped with smoked salmon. Because Alaska, that’s why.

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Boston, Fairbanks, Detroit, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Portland  – just in time to get my #pdxcarpetselfie.



  • Iditarod Ceremonial Start and Restart: Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • Fur Rondy: Anchorage, Alaska
  • Hebron Maple Fest, Hebron, CT.Winter2014 6


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  1. I can’t imagine living with that amount of snow for months at a time! I was really keen for there to be snow when we were in NYC for Christmas one year. There was…and about 15 minutes later, I was over it!
    Fairlie recently posted…365 docobites…a year of strangersMy Profile

    • The first snow of the year still seems magical – for about 15 minutes. Or until I need to drive anywhere. Whichever comes first. :D

    • The maple snow was super yummy!

      When I came back to New England after five years in Louisiana I had completely lost my cold tolerance. I swear, the first winter, I thought I was going to die.

  2. I totally thought chilblains were an old-timey thing that did not exist anymore. Also, need chocolate topped with smoked salmon, immediately – my two favorite things!
    Rika | Cubicle Throwdown recently posted…Roatan Month 28-32 RoundupMy Profile

    • I TOTALLY THOUGHT THAT TOO. I was incredibly surprised to find that I had a medical issue I associated with Dickens novels.

  3. The chocolate and salmon was surprisingly tasty! And I still can’t believe the car place. It’s like if a rental in Arizona gave out cars that only worked when it was under 70 degrees outside.


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