Living in the sub-Arctic

Camping at the Chena River Recreation Area on a winter night as the Aurora dances in the sky. Photo by Adam Rubin.

Explore Alaska

Adam Rubin, creative director in University Relations, moved to Alaska in January of 2023 and takes advantage of his time off to enjoy road trips like this one to the Chena River Recreation Area. Having experience in time-lapse photography and video, Rubin is putting those skills to use as he documents his adventures around the state.
He's put 30 thousand miles on his truck since moving here from Michigan, going on a different road trip almost every weekend! He encourages employees new to the state to get out and explore. "Alaska is ripe with opportunities but requires more leg work to access those opportunities than states in the Lower-48," said Rubin. 

Winter safety in extreme temperatures

Being equipped for cold weather in the Alaska Interior is not optional. Dress for the weather by layering  clothing and include hats and gloves, wear appropriate footwear, pack an emergency kit in the car with a blanket, check your vehicle for antifreeze and oil, and maintain at least a half tank of gasoline.

Many employees who live in the Interior of Alaska document their experience with extreme temperatures by having their photo taken at the UAF time and temperature sign.

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