At 03:06 PM 1/27/2006, Bob Curtis-Johnson wrote:
>It's not Bermuda, but it's not the North Pole either. This year we
>had sunny weather in the 50F range during early October. No snow
>until November. Anchorage is at sea level, so no altitude issues.
I did notice that the conference was a month earlier in 2006 - but
maybe that's for the same reason that we have Thanksgiving in October
rather than November here in the Great White North.
Seriously, temperatures in Anchorage are often similar to Toronto
(the fifth largest city in North America for those who are counting
-- so it seems lots of people can survive the "legendary cold" as
Nancy White wrote in one of her songs).
In the spirit of promoting the conference - I don't know whether I
will come or not -- I would like to suggest that you take as many
days of vacation around the conference as you can because I have not
found a place with more drop-dead-gorgeous scenery than Alaska. It
just goes on and on. Some research and planning is in order, because
it is such a vast area, but there are many different options for
sightseeing cruises, flightseeing, driving trips, and other ways of
enjoying oneself. For serious research of ALL there is to do, the
Alaska Milepost book is a phenomenal resource.
I am planning on a summer 2007 trip to Alaska with my family - the
only reason it's in the summer is ''cause the kids are out of school.
My wife and I, before kids, spent a US Thanksgiving watching bald
eagles in Haines and then flew up to Fairbanks (which has truly
legendary cold). While it was in the 20sF the first week of December
(1990) in Anchorage, it was -40 in Fairbanks. Now, that's cold! But,
that's the interior. Anchorage has the moderating effect of the
nearby ocean in Knik Arm.