Hi everyone! February in Alaska is officially here, and I’m kind of in love with this month. We’ve got lots of snow on the ground (which is groomed for perfect ski and fat bike conditions), the weather is cold but not below zero, and the days are getting longer. We’ve got about 8 hours of daylight now, and we are currently gaining 6 minutes of daylight each day! When I leave work the sun is just starting to set and it’s seriously beautiful. Our sunsets are so long and colorful up here.
It’s incredible how much of a difference sunlight makes on my mood. As I was hiking with Ridley on the Smokejumper Trail this weekend (52 Hike Challenge hike #2!) I was surprised to feel warmth from the sun! This is a huge deal because it means that the sun is finally starting to rise in the sky instead of staying close to the horizon. This might not sound like much to those of you who live in the Lower 48, but up here it’s a total game changer. All of a sudden, I feel the urge to be outside ALL THE TIME. It’s getting hard to make myself go indoors to go to the gym so I’ve been trying to find lots of fun ways to get my exercise outdoors.
One sneaky way that I’ve been soaking up the extra sunshine is by taking hour long lunch breaks. During this time I go home, open my curtains, and eat lunch while the sun streams into my living room. And then I take Ridley on a half hour walk on the trail next to my house! It’s his favorite part of the day, and it’s definitely starting to be mine too. There’s nothing like hearing the silence of the forest and seeing the sun shine through the frost covered trees to completely reset my mood for the rest of the work day.
I’m still taking a full dose of Vitamin D daily, and occasionally using my Happy Light at work, but I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the long Alaskan winter. My days are spent dreaming of all the skiing and fat biking I can do on my (slightly) longer weekend days, and if it weren’t for the intense avalanche warnings I’d be plotting my next alpine hike as well!
What are you doing to take advantage of the longer days? What’s your favorite way to get extra Vitamin D during the busy workweek?