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Liar, liar, tree’s on fire!
Inuvik, Northwest Territories was the coldest place I have lived (or 2 years).It was 20 kilometres from the Arctic Ocean. In January we commonly had 2 weeks where the temperature fell to the mid minus 40’s (-44 to – 46). I believe that at minue 40, Fahrenheit and Celsius become equal.I can relate to the stinging cheeks in this video, but also the lungs burn from inhaling the cold air. It was advised up north to breathe only through a scarf in order to pre-warm the air. However, that meant that the moisture on the scarf would also freeze within less than a minute. If someone spit, the spit would be frozen before it landed! Honestly, there are videos out there of people throwing pots of boiling water up into the air, and none lands as it gets frozen while falling. Worst for me was that my eyes would sting and start to water from the extreme cold, Then the teardrops would start to freeze on my eyelashes. If I did not do continuous fast blinking, they would freeze shut! Phil had a moustache at the time, and he walked to and from his work which was closer than mine. On arrival home, his moustache would be covered in frosty icicles, even if he had been breathing through a scarf. We had our beloved dog, Silken, a cockapoo, up there with us and she needed her daily constitutional walks, so it was not possible to not go out. She lived to the ripe age of 15 and a half, she her sojourn in the north did not shorten her life. Living in the frigid north is not for the faint of heart. Phil has an amazingly rigorous constitution, perhaps from his northern European genetic heritage and from growing up in the northern mid-west of the USA, but he would dress warmly and just handled it all without a complaint. What troopers the Kienholz clan are!
The snow / ice on the fence is mesmerizing!
Here’s my favorite “It’s so cold that” story: I had a black lab/cross dog, who loved him some tennis ball retrieving. When it was really cold out, the saliva would freeze in strands spiraling off the tennis ball as it spun in the air. Good times.
Oh, wait, I got distracted! That staircase is a nightmare waiting to eat you alive. Don’t go there!
I don’t know what to think about that staircase. It looks neat, but also like something out of a creepy house where you know something bad is going to happen when it gets dark… O.o