Sunday, October 19, 2014

The "Beach"

As I mentioned in one of the comments, I went ahead and wandered onto the beach on my way to dinner. This is the Arctic Ocean. The snow on the beach is obvious but the white out on the water is not an artifact from slow shutter speed or something. That's really how it looked. I think it was the wind blowing droplets of water which froze as soon as they were airborne. I can't think of another reason but the result was really interesting.

I didn't stay out of the truck too long (I left it running) as the wind has picked up somewhat. It almost ripped the door out of my hands when it was opened. In town, the houses do a pretty good job breaking the wind. There were quite a few drifts across the road out from town towards NARL and I was glad to have a ¾ ton 4WD crew cab to plow my way through. Most of the drifts were around a foot deep. And the wind is now around 35 knots. Almost a blizzard…

I just got off the phone with another Ural rider in southeast Alaska who is planning a road trip around Alaska beginning sometime in January. Now there is a tough rider...

20 comments:

Dar said...

Brrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!

RichardM said...

I thought you liked the beach?

At least the water isn't solid...

Martha said...

Looks like an another planet. Richard the Space Traveller.

redlegsrides said...

So now I'm a wimpy rider because I showed up in mid-april? :P

SonjaM said...

What Dar said.

Bluekat said...

Looks really cold! But I love the open, barren landscape (snowscape!). Looks like the edge of the world. What time is it getting dark up there now?

Bluekat said...

lol!

RichardM said...

One can only wish...

RichardM said...

I don't think I implied that did I? Well, it never crossed my mind...

RichardM said...

Today, the snow stopped flying and it was actually feeling warm out though still windy.

RichardM said...

Yesterday, it was. Today, less so. I just thought the white near the shore was so odd. I think it is turning into ice floating on the water. Today, sunrise is at 10:11am and sunset is at 6:08pm so there is quite a bit of daylight. The last sunset of the year will be around November 20th.

redlegsrides said...

just joshing you Richard.....looking forward to your meeting up with whojigger....

VStar Lady said...

Yup ... I had a whole other picture of 'beach' in my mind, but glad the water's not stiff yet!

RichardM said...

You mean there's another kind of "beach"? If the water is solid, you can walk on water.

Trobairitz said...

That looks a mite chilly. I think I'll stick with 60˚F and rain. I'm an Oregon weather weenie.

David Masse said...

You should have titled this post 'The Bbbbbbbbeach'

RichardM said...

The 65 knot gusts of wind and being peppered with little droplets of ice made it feel colder.

RichardM said...

It wasn't that bad… Though it was hard to walk a straight line due to the wind.

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

Richard, it truly does look and the photos convey 'other worldly'. I know a little about cold and wind but still have trouble imagining even being there.

If/when you learn more about the January Road Trip, please share.

RichardM said...

The blur where there are usually small waves coming into the beach really caught my attention. The next day, there was quite a bit of sea ice for about the first 100 m or so from shore. You could still see the wave action but not the water itself anymore. It did look a little "other worldly".