We shoved the kayak with feet and paddles inch by inch towards the water. Finally bobbing and fully in the water, we thrust our oars into the bay with complete disregard for cooperative movement. After doing a few unintentional 360 perspective tours of the Cove, we figured out how to move forward together, and meet the rest of the group.
Winters in Alaska can be brutal. “Tell us something we don’t know,” I can hear you saying. But it’s not the cold I struggled with. I got tired of the death grip that winter had on my world. I wasn’t able to go outside without 3 layers or more (cue the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man) and as cumbersome as this was, after I did get dressed to go somewhere, not many people were out. Winters got very lonely, not a good time to make friends and get involved in the community.
In September of 2014, I was offered a position in Fairbanks, Alaska and Mike and I decided to take the adventure of a lifetime.
We visited once during the onsite interview in July, but we truly didn't know what we were in for. After some online searches, talking to friends and some plain-old winging it, we found a few important things to make sure you do if you move there.
Chena Hot Springs have been around for over 100 years! They are about 60 miles northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, and a great place to visit to warm up in the winter and make crazy frozen hair sculptures!