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It's February, its Cold and We're Bored!

Well it's not warm in Nova Scotia but I smoked two salmon this morning. Took a little longer than usual but the old smoker(old metal fridge) and gas fired does the trick.
Where are you at that it's too cold for a BBQ

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Here in MO it's been a wee bit chilly, ever since I went and turned myself into a skinny wimp, I have been terrified of the cold.

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I can attest to the fact that it can get too cold to BBQ. About three weeks ago it was pushing -50 at night here in interior Alaska. That puts a damper on the BBQ. Not only do you not want to touch the grill cover because it's the consistency of potato chips, but the boiling point of propane is -44. Open the valve and the propane just lays there in the tank. I used to think BBQ weather was pure attitude, but attitude can't overcome the laws of physics.

It's not all bad news, though. My back deck makes a handy walk-in (walk-out?) freezer as long as you cover the food to keep the ravens away.

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I'm actually out on the road right now but day befor yesterday it was 3 degrees at home. Fine for a BBQ at 25 but not so hot at 60!

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We've had just a fantastic winter, just a few snow storms that disappeared in a few day. The ice fishermen couldn't get out two weeks ago. I don't know if last weekend cold snap helped or not.

Don wrote:
'm actually out on the road right now

In my neck of the woods we call that Road Kill ! Get well soon..

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You guys are making me cold just by reading your posts. It was around 45-50 deg. here in the SE last week for three days. We actually saw that thing people call the sun. It's been a really mild winter, very little snow and hasn't been too cold. Alaska is amazing -45 in the interior and close to 50 in the SE. I love this state!!!

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Last week it went from 73 degrees to 5 degrees in less than 48 hours. Everybody here has a cough and cold and is miserable. I don't know how you guys live in those brutal temperatures. I guess you get used to it.

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You can get used to the cold, but you've still got to be careful. There's a saying up here -- there's no bad weather, just bad clothing. I know guys that go out and check their traplines at -40. Lack of sunlight is the bigger problem. It's not bad now, but just before Christmas the sun didn't make it above the horizon until around 11:00 AM, and was down around 2:30 PM. Even then, it was so low on the horizon that the light was still orange-tinged. Lack of sun affects people far worse than cold.

So how do people stay sane? One diversion is the Yukon Quest -- a 1,000 mile sled dog race held each February between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. This year 22 mushers competed, and for week or two before the race the local radio station was running "Dog of the Day" profiles about particular dogs on teams -- name, achievements, personality stories, etc. Lance Mackey won this year's Quest yesterday in just under 10 days. You can find out more at http://www.yukonquest.com/servlet/viewnewslist

Another form of excitement is the Nenana Ice Classic. It's a pool to place bets on the exact date and time the Nenana River (SW of Fairbanks) will break up. They set up a tripod on the river with a cable connected to a clock. As soon as the tripod moves downstream, it pulls the cable and stops the clock. Money raised from ticket sales benefits local charities and last year's Classic split $285,000 between 46 winning tickets. It'll be awhile, though. Last year's breakup was on April 28th. It's not much of a spectator sport, but you can find out more at http://www.nenanaakiceclassic.com/

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I spent the summer in Delta Junction this last year and I can say that the lack of a night time sky can have the same effect especially if you are spending 3 months in a tent. It's amazing that the interior can be -40 now and this summer it can reach 90 or better.

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Well I just lookedat the City ofDeltaJunction website. Impressive. I checked out the hunting and fishing pics. Well I got all the fly fishing gear, so no expense there. I could leave the 270 home,takes my sons' 06 and load some real hot ones, so no expense there. I didn't see any women in the photos, so no expense there.

So if you see a fine looking distinguished gentleman wearing Nova Scotia tartan on the Alaska Hgw with a German Sheperd travel comparion and Sign reading " Delta Junction or bust, please offer a ride.

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Delta's definitely a very nice area. I don't know if I'd use the word "city" to describe it, though. By AK standards it may qualify because it has paved roads and more than one gas station. But by Lower 48 standards it's a town. It has a nice frontier feeling to the place. And yet it's not uncommon to hear Russian spoken while you walk through the grocery store.

As far as a distinguished gentleman in Nova Scotia tartan with a German Shepherd, that would be a new one. Up here there's two dress standards: "Alaska Formal" is black Carhartts, while "Alaska Casual" is brown.

The tartan would be unique, and unique goes a long way up here. I saw a grizzled looking fellow in Anchorage the other day, standing on the sidewalk at a busy intersection holding a piece of cardboard up to cars stopped for the stoplight. Sure you see that in other places. But this is Alaska. What did his sign say? "Homeless Bill Needs a Rich Wife." Now that's ambition!

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