Alaskology

About the blog: Alaska is a wonderful and fascinating place. Whether its backcountry hiking, coastline kayaking or dining on a downtown deck, there truly is something for everyone. This blog picks up where the annual Daily News Visitors' Guide leaves off. The guide is published in late April, but that's just when summer fun starts heating up. Throughout the year, we hope to give readers a look at Alaska through local eyes. The blog also serves as a calendar of what's going on, a place to look for some outstanding vacation deals and other cool stuff. We invite your comments and your questions. E-mail me at alaskology@adn.com.
About me: I live in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, and I served as the special sections editor at the Anchorage Daily News for nine years. My wife and I have been Alaska residents since 2000 and never plan to leave.

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Winter is on its way

Ice Sign: A sure sign that winter is on its way ... a sign posted along an Anchorage bike path.Ice Sign: A sure sign that winter is on its way ... a sign posted along an Anchorage bike path.

I took a walk this afternoon and saw a woman driving her convertible with the top down.

I know Alaskans like to hold on to every last bit of “pre-winter” as possible, but it was about 32-33 degrees at the time.

In my mind, winter has already set in. The ground is freezing up nicely, which is exactly what I want before the snow starts to fly. Get a good solid base down for cross-country skiing.

Ice Trail: And proof that the sign isn't a useless warning. Ice covers most of the Chester Creek Trail in Anchorage as it passes under C Street.Ice Trail: And proof that the sign isn't a useless warning. Ice covers most of the Chester Creek Trail in Anchorage as it passes under C Street.

One of my co-workers rode his bike to work today and I had to give him credit. My bike – and probably my mind mostly – wasn’t ready to hit the trails with the temperature hovering around 20 this morning. Gina mentioned the other day that it’s definitely time to put the pogies on the bike to keep the hands warm.

I agree.

It’s also time to enjoy the last little bit of pre-snow autumn. The sun is shining brightly today and it’s time to get out and enjoy it!

-- Steve

Fireweed: A patch of fireweed is spent and awaiting the next season.Fireweed: A patch of fireweed is spent and awaiting the next season.

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