The Zeiger Family Homestead
(November 1 to January 31)
Winter is our "down season," in which we spend most of our time indoors. Daylight dwindles to about six hours at the Winter Solstice, prompting us to go to bed earlier in the evening and sleep later in the morning. We catch up on reading, work on projects, watch movies, and entertain neighbors. We celebrate Christmas, our favorite holiday, from the day after Thanksgiving to midnight, January 6th (Twelfth Night). Solstice storms roar in from both the north and the south, bringing huge waves and sea spray that coats the rocks with ice.
On the other hand, winter is an active time for us. If we get enough snow, we use our pulk (towing sled) to move heavy goods in to the homestead, and haul out heavy garbage. It's a good time to cut and haul firewood, as it's cold enough for the warm work, there are no mosquitoes, and snow makes hauling easier. We sometimes use snowshoes to navigate the trail, which occasionally disappears completely in heavy, wind blown snow. We hike to neighbor's homes to visit, out to town when absolutely necessary, and explore the ridge for the fun of it. We carry ice grippers at all times, as seeps freeze across the trail in slanting glaciers, and Mud Bay is icy and treacherous.
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