December rain-down and meltdown, a small snowstorm moved through
Southcentral Alaska. But due to the whims of weather,
the area of Bell Island and vicinity got very little snow.
But for a skier ... this is not a problem. Because it means there is
good early winter crust skiing in the area.
I use these conditions to check out the channels that cut across
Bell Island. This can be a tricky boating area. The
water is murky with silt and you can't see but a few inches down
into it. The channels are shallow and they constantly
change. So it's easy to hit bottom and ground your boat in
this maze of murky glacial waters. So I like to ski this
area, do channel research and GPS the best (deepest) channels.
In the past I
have gotten comments in the summer like: "How the hell did you
get that boat down the West Channel!?" I usually respond
with some quip like: "Well, I guess you just have to know how to
read the water." I don't say that I learned the channels
by skiing them. Most boaters in Alaska wouldn't comprehend
what I'm talking about. So ha! ... let them think I'm a
gifted river runner! ;-)