Surrounded by Snow and Ice

It has been a little over a month since I started with the Chugach National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Anchorage, Alaska. When I first flew into Anchorage, it was -40 degrees, and the city was in the grips of repeated heavy snowfall. What a sight! The city, surrounded by the Chugach range to the east and the ocean to the west, is beautiful in any season, but the snow really showcases the rugged and natural beauty of Alaska. This beauty is even more apparent as you leave Anchorage city bounds.

The drive south of Anchorage on the Seward Highway along the Turnagain Arm is one of the most breathtaking drives in the United States; it is reminiscent of the Fjords of Norway, with mountains jutting straight out of the ocean, and, in the winter, small ice floes drifting by. A good portion of this highway is within Chugach National Forest bounds; the Girdwood Field Office and surrounding trails are some of the most visited and easily accessible in the forest. I look forward to exploring and discovering more remarkable natural sights around the forest!

My primary duty in my program is to organize and transfer permanent records to the Federal Record Center. Although processing files is not always the most exciting task, the historical records hold a great deal of interesting information and, at times, surprising discoveries! This message was pasted into the front of a large bound book (see attached photo), and I thought my Amazon package was taking too long!

Anchorage is a vibrant city, even in the depths of winter. The city’s biggest festival, Fur Rendezvous, is held the last week of February through the first week of March, culminating in the start of the Iditarod. I missed much of the festival this year, but I could see the incredibly impressive snow sculptures! This first month has been interesting and fun, and I cannot wait to see what the rest of this internship holds!

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