After the snow cometh the rain. Everything has turned to slush as the temperature has risen. Near 40°F today. High avalanche warnings everywhere. And the power (electricity) went out soon after noon. Ominously, it went out all over the City from end to end. Turns out an avalanche took out one of the transmission towers near the Snettisham hydroelectric plant 45 miles south. One of the same three towers that were taken out last March. So, AEL&P has switched over to emergency diesel generation…… Time to turn down the lights – and be grateful for our low wattage bulbs.
Also extremely grateful for our STABILicers, cleats to put on over our boots (seems like a long time since we’ve worn shoes.) They are wonderful, providing incredible security when walking on hills and roads, on ice, slush, and snow crust. We’ve not missed a day’s walk, yet. Without them we’d be cooped up at home, fearful of falling on our tushes (as we’ve done more times than we care to admit.)
Bill spent a couple of hours helping an acquaintance move basement furniture onto blocks in anticipation of the Mendenhall River overflowing. Pat walked the dogs through the slush, or picking their way on top of melting snow berms, downtown to accomplish various errands. Nice to live in a place where dogs are welcome in stores – even in the airport. We LOVE Juneau, it’s beautiful scenery, warm and wonderful community, not to mention periodic unexpected adventures.