Alaska at this time of year is truly amazing. The trail conditions are changing every day and the amount of daylight we get increases by five minutes a day! I started the week in cold crunchy snow running in the dark and by the end of the week it was mostly mushy-thawing snow and it was almost full daylight. In between, there were two days it was snowing, a day of rain and a day with a perfect crisp clear sky. I love this time of year because it's warm enough to run with less gear and running the same trail every day can feel like a new adventure each time I go out.
|Dog mushing trail through the forest|
|The trail comes out into an area of thinner tree cover. The trail was littered with broken branches after some windy nights.|
|Thawing trails. I kept post-holing through the snow and ended up with a foot in 2 inches of freezing water.|