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How is Working in Alaska in 2013 similar to the 10 Plagues of Egypt?

For all you Old Testament buffs I thought it might be fun to compare my current experience in Alaska with the 10 plagues of Egypt :-)  First, we would turn the Nanana River red as blood however it's frozen solid! Maybe we could conjure up a cherry icee rendition?  Next we have this incessant snow....please make it just hail fire for a few minutes....Please.  And what the f__k with the 16 deg temps?  It's really bad when you start layering your long underwear!  OK......eventually we will thaw out and then, guess what, we get to experience something called "breakup".  Now, I'm not referring to your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend folks.  Think of a pig sty .... now think of something dirtier.  Got it?  Yep, that's breakup.  Mud everywhere. It's when my white truck becomes a brown truck (for 2 months). It's when you have clean clothes one day, and are literally covered in this muddy goo the next. It's where every house has a literal shoe store on their front porch because no one dares wears their muddy, God-forsaken shoes inside the house!  You get the picture.  Now while all this is going on the mosquitoes are having the best sex of their lives in all those mud puddles.  In about a month all those baby mosquitoes grow up to be bat sized blood suckers just looking for Alaska newbies who forgot to spray themselves.....Dinner Time!  This is when you begin to feel faint from blood loss walking from the cabin to the bus stop.  Some of the smaller girl Rangers will likely be carried away by these blood-suckers never to be seen again!   So let's say you get through the Ice, snow, mud and all the grizzlies are out.  And boy are they famished! (it was a LONG winter)  Man, some fresh MEAT sure would taste good wouldn't it....oh look there's some guy/girl in a goofy Ranger uniform.....yep, Dinner Time :-) Have I reached 10 yet?  I've lost count.  Oh, did I mention the 800 pound Moose that would just as well run over you as look at you? or the Wolf Packs?   Welcome to Alaska 2013.    Ranger Rich

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Comment by aggie71 on May 28, 2013 at 7:31am

Ken, you are absolutely right :-)  It has warmed up now so my misery of a few weeks ago is quickly being forgotten/forgiven.  I told my boss the other day how much I was enjoying being here.

Comment by ken horner on May 28, 2013 at 4:55am

in about ten years you'll think back about this summer, shiver, then say you wouldn't have traded the experience for the world. Alaska is OH SO FINE  (during july and august)

Comment by ken horner on May 25, 2013 at 4:32am

isn't it great? a new page in the life...................

Comment by Ann Carr on May 25, 2013 at 12:19am

Woohoo.. Aggie, I think you may have won the prize for the worst position after all.  Ready to go back to Mesa Verde? I am ready to head south too and will be doing just that in June.  Hope it gets better for you though.

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