Science tells us that hot water turns into a cloud of ice crystals when tossed at subzero temperatures, but Ontario based photographer Michael Davies managed capture this phenomenon on camera. This past Sunday, just 20km south of the Arctic Circle, Davies took these incredible photos of his friend Markus hurling hot tea in -40°C weather.
It turns out that CASA's have a calling other than just hauling smokejumpers and paracargo: working for Santa!
Who would have thought that Collin's Alaska job would take him right back to Colorado, flying an overflow contract for UPS in Jump-17?! He has a daily flight from Denver to Rifle/Garfield County, just down I-70 from Grand Junction. They've experienced weather delays and one mechanical issue with the "sleigh" thus far, but from the looks of it, Christmas will come right on schedule for the good little girls and boys of western Colorado.
We've got at least 8 brave souls coming to Alaska next month to share in the fun and adventure of an arctic winter. The aurora borealis has been very active this past week. Part of each day's forecast in the newspaper includes a prediction for the night skies, so we pay close attention. Pay no mind to the temperatures; they're supposed to go up by about 30 degrees next week!
Also, the Yukon Quest race registration is up to 27 mushers who will be competing to win the 2016 title. That's 1000 miles, from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon in some crazy harsh conditions. Now that it's prime mushing season, you see alot of these vehicles around town.
And speaking of harsh conditions, I've had a lot of questions about winter attire. Here's Cat Herder's typical, outdoor get-up below: down coat, down skirt, neck gaiter, hat, moosehide mukluks. This is the lighter of my two coats (it was only -7 yesterday!). Photo taken at Hoodoo Brewery, home to Cat Herder's favoritest IPA.
Cat Herder (aka Marisa) has been guiding pilot tours in the American West for over twenty years. Keep tabs on your Parkwest pilot friends, National Park news and other tidbits here!