Gina skis across a boardwalk at the Eagle River Nature Center. Despite temperatures well below zero the entire weekend, there was a little open water under the bridge.That's what the temperature was Sunday morning when we woke up. We were camping at the Eagle River Nature Center. Thankfully, we had a public-use cabin, and we have a nice wood stove inside the cabin. Minus-22 is cold.
Most of the weekend was cold. But cold isn't always a bad thing. Once the cabin warmed up Friday night after our ski in, it stayed toasty the rest of the weekend. So we could go outside for a ski, a walk, a late-night star-gazing trip and some northern lights viewing, and then come back inside to warm up.
Some never left the cabin much, just reading and enjoying the fire. That's fine too, but they missed some great fun outside.
I don't want every skiing trip to be when the weather is below zero, but last weekend there were no complaints.
Beezil is dressed for the super-chilly weather during the weekend.
The public-use cabin at the Eagle River Nature Center was our home for the cold weekend ... minus 22 on Sunday morning.
This is the view from the porch at the Eagle River cabin. While the view was great, the porch got used mostly as a freezer to store food over the weekend.
Pat, Laurel, Gina and Beezil ski (well, Beezil isn't skiing) on the frozen Eagle River. We followed some snowmachine tracks along the river for some of the best skiing of our lives.
Pat and Laurel O'Brien ski through the trees along a trail at Eagle River Nature Center.
The Chugach Mountains, highlighted by sunshine, rise into the sky.
The frozen Eagle River provided the perfect surface for skiing. We could hear the flowing water under the ice, which was pretty cool.
Matt and Brianne Pennington don't look cold, do they? While it was -22 when we woke up Sunday, by the time we walked out it was up to -15.