A Little News for Friday
First, the weather. My fellow Mud Bay Roaders, we have made the news:
...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM AKST SATURDAY...LOCALLY VERY WINDY ALONG LYNN CANAL...ESPECIALLY ON MUD BAY ROAD.NORTH WIND 25 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.ELSEWHERE...NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH.WIND CHILL TO 25 BELOW ZERO.
In other news, the storms in Seattle mean the Wrangell Boys Alaska Airlines jet to Juneau was delayed, so there are no home games this weekend, they will be Monday and Tuesday instead, I think- but check with the school. (My puppy has also been delayed leaving Anchorage because of the same storms, but she should be here sometime in the next few days.) Sunday there is a lasagna dinner along with the world famous Teluride Film Festival at Harriet Hall at the Fairgrounds, beginning at 5:30. There's even a ski movie filmed in Haines. Also, there should be some more news on why the ground is moving on Lutak Road early next week, although you can check the Borough website for updates and read the Chilkat Valley News when it gets here from the printer in Petersburg. (The weather has delayed the paper, too.) A geologist and engineer were here yesterday doing all kinds of tests.
So, now that we know all that, let's plan for the Well & Fit community snowshoe to Lilly Lake tomorrow morning. It is for all of us who are not racing in the AlCan 200 snowmachine race on the Haines Highway from the border to Dezdeash Lake and back at 120 mph. This much slower, quieter and warmer recreational activity begins at 10:00 am, when it hopefully won't be as windy, but in the woods it is usually not too bad anyway. This is an opportunity to take a nice social walk on snowshoes for experienced walkers, and a chance to try it for those of you who haven't. (Warning: it is addicting.) Snowshoes will be provided, along with snacks and a prize for the 5 dollar entry fee. It takes about an hour and half to hike all the way up to the lake and back, but you can turn around anytime. If you are new at this, don't dress as warmly as you think you should. You will sweat. Wear layers- light long johns and windproof or wool pants, a couple of wool or poly pro-shirts and a wind jacket, and carry a small pack with a down vest, jacket or fleece, a warmer hat, and some dry mittens to put on at the top for the cooler walk down. Hand warmers might be nice, too, and some kind of face mask or neck gaiter if the wind keeps up. On your feet regular leather hiking boots with warm socks work better than bigger snow boots. (Some hardy folks prefer trail running shoes.) Most snowshoers also use ski poles.The Lilly Lake trailhead is at the top of FAA Road by the radio towers and the blue water plant. Once you master that trail, try the Ripinsky Microwave Tower trail and ridge loops, they are lovely right now.