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Excited for winter!

As the days begin to get darker and the air gets crisper, I start to yearn for winter.  It’s been mostly wind and rain here lately, with some moments of clear skies mixed in for good measure.  But as I duck in and out of respites from the rain, I remember last year in October and November, when we were doing something entirely different:

Skating at Sheridan Glacier

Skating at Sheridan Glacier

Skating at Sheridan Glacier

Skating at Sheridan Glacier

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Exploring the icebergs of Sheridan Glacier

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skating in between icebergs on Sheridan Glacier Lake

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Winter sun

Winter sun

This has not happened in weeks here in Cordova. A massive difference from last year this time, December 2012 and January 2013 have been nothing but rain and winds so far. And then came today… Just glorious! And tomorrow doesn’t look too bad either.  We might get through this winter yet 🙂

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Baby Iceworm posed for photos at the Iceworm Birthday Party

Cordova IceWorm Festival 2012

You may not expect Cordova’s biggest event of the year to be right in the middle of the winter, especially considering the winter we’ve been having!  But it is quite the to-do in these parts.  Ice Worm Festival was created to shake Cordovans out of their winter blues (and force them to dig out of their igloos).  It’s named after a tiny creature called the Iceworm that not only lives, but thrives in the icy landscape of Cordova’s Childs, Miles, Sheridan, Scott, and Saddlebag glaciers.  Iceworm Festival is about celebrating Cordovan fortitude and grit, but this year it was also about breaking free from our recent Snowpocalypse and thanking those that helped us dig out of it!

The event usually lasts Thursday-Sunday and the events include a wide variety of spectacles including:

  • The ever-aniticpated Iceworm Tail Hunt (a scavenger hunt that lasts all week, with one clue per day)
  • Historical displays at the Cordova Museum
  • Photo Contest & Iceworm Photo Show
  • Variety Show, complete with the crowning of Miss Iceworm & Citizen of the Year
Fur-topped Xtratufs made by Cordova's own Gloria Cunningham!

Don’t get too comfortable – Return of the Snow!

That tricky sunshine.  We get 4 days of it and start thinking we won’t have to get the shovels out again til next winter.  It’s silly, really.  It’s only January, and February & March are our snowiest months here in Cordova.  So we should have known better.  But you can always dream… until you see this.  Here’s a snapshot of the weather report from weather.com today:

Yep, think there might be a tad more snow in our future!

Eight of the next 10 days call for snow, with one day of rain in there just to mix it up.  I’m especially looking forward to next Saturday when we’re supposed to get SNOW at 35 degree temps!  That’s like margarita snow.

Last night we got a foot of light, fluffy snow.  Yes, waking up to 12 new inches of snow used to be a shock to me.  Now, I just sigh, put on my Otter skin topped Xtratuf boots and tromp through the tunnels of white.

Fur-topped Xtratufs made by Cordova’s own Gloria Cunningham!

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