I hated spring when I lived in Minnesota.

In Minnesota, spring causes the mountains of snow from winter to turn a dirty brown and slowly disappear only to reveal dead, brown grass and mounds of careless trash. The trees are barren. The winter can’t quite decide if it’s gone forever and has a maddening habit of reappearing right when most of the snow has melted and the population has convinced itself the warm weather is here to stay. It was always my least favorite season.

But here in Alaska, spring is beautiful. Not because it’s necessarily “prettier”, but because spring means the 6-7 month winter that froze Interior Alaska in time and caused everyone to retreat inside their homes for months on end due to severe temperatures/unending darkness/terrible air quality/etc….is over.

Sunshine and 30-45 degrees has greeted me the last 10 days. The air doesn’t hurt my face or sting my nostrils, and the news hasn’t been warning me about nasty pollutants burrowing their way into my lungs. It’s been overwhelmingly wonderful. I get a bit emotional just thinking about it right now.

Here’s a glimpse into some of my excitement about the weather via Snapchat…

Morning walks in 30 gorgeous degrees
1st Grill of the Season!
Seriously too excited about grilling…


Warm weather does wonders for my soul. I could make a gratitude list with about 100 things on it this morning. The next three months in Alaska are going to be superb if the weather continues to cooperate.

Unfortunately since Michael’s return from the National Training Center in February and the announcement of our early Permanent Change of Station we haven’t been able to travel much and it doesn’t appear we will be able to do much until we leave. A giant cross-country (literally crossing Canada) move will require lots of savings, plus we want to be ready to go on all sorts of adventures when we get to the Pacific Northwest.

Hoping to share some day hikes and small adventures with you soon, but in the mean time I’ll try and keep up with Food & Fitness Fridays. I read this “ideal healthy day” article that has given me some inspiration on how to drop these last few stubborn pounds gained from Crossfit that are refusing to disappear…

Basically this post is a giant sorry-for-my-absence-here-are-some-pretty-pictures. I’ll be back at it soon. The warm weather gets me outside and the outdoors gives me inspiration for writing. No more weekends spent binge watching Netflix…

“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young

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