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DD3s Alaska preparations

November 5th, 2012 at 06:07 pm

Dd3 got her call from Alaska and will be heading up at the end of November or first week of December. So the hub and her went shopping today to get her some cold weather gear. Boots, $129 but they will keep her feet warm up to -140. At least I know her tootsies will stay warm. They still have to get insulated outerwear. Dd3 is keeping a tab of the expenses so that she can repay us and also claim them on taxes. This is such a big adventure for a 20 year old. She is so excited. They told her she would work until next MAY.

Last night was pizza with the kids..it was $100 for 10 of us and there were leftovers - which DD1 and DD3 very willingly took. We had a great time.

Tonight the hub made tacos using the left over tri-tip. They were really good! I will be taking tri-tip to work for lunch tomorrow too.

Only three more days until we leave for the 5 day trip. The weather is calling for lots of snow there...just as a late fall mountain getaway should! I am so excited!!

6 Responses to “DD3s Alaska preparations”

  1. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Please tell your dd3 congratulations from me and to keep warm! Big Grin

  2. snafu Says:

    Without knowing specific location in Alaska, I know it's often remarkably similar to Canadian prairie weather. Most important are sun glasses as glare off snow is uncomfortable. I think the salesmen kinda pulled a fast one as the coldest is minus 30 - 40 range. I hope those boots are light weight and not an ugly drag! Can she skip rope in those boots? Are they water proof? Price doesn't necessarily reflect value.

    Keeping warm both indoors & outdoors is very important and is based on layering as the most important feature. Those of us who struggle with minus 30...windchill factor minus 90 need to be able to function without bulky hindrances. We know that it's imperative to wear a hat/toque because most heat is lost from head. Waffle undershirt, shirt, cashmere sweater, down filled parka, wool socks, boot inserts and mittens [much warmer than gloves] all work well.

  3. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Thanks Laura!! I will let DD3 know!

    snafu- DD3 is going to be working up on the North Slope..so they went shopping specifically for these boots. They are camo and sturdy and most importantly, very warm. Fashionable? nope.

    Fortunately, the job has safety procedures for extreme weather. You are so right about the layering. It sounds like you have weather similar- so your suggestions are very well received!!

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Ray, I'd also recommend she has something to cover her face, like a good, thick scarf or muffler. You can buy all the arctic gear in the world, but still freeze your nose off without a scarf. My DH talks all the time about newbies coming up and forgetting that one essential bit. With the type of sub-zero temps they will soon be getting you can get frostbite in about a minute on exposed skin.

  5. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Thank yu LR...The hub and her have been making a list, I will definately make sure that is on it.

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    Congrats to DD from me too. What a great life experience.

    Enjoy your getaway. That sounds fabulous!!

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