Septuagenarian Bob Jones of Kettle Falls has chiseled into the frozen culture of arctic Alaska as he's snowmobiled 1,000 miles along the Iditarod Trail. His diary and photos have been a highlight of my blog for two weeks.
Here's one of Jones's many observations from icy remote villages as he pushed through bitter temperatures:
"Cold weather is never a conversation topic among Alaska villagers. When it drops to 30 below, they just put on another layer of clothing and go about their business."
Of course, it might be different if Alaska villagers had to come up with something quick to say on an elevator lift to their office.