Today was overcast and gloomy all day. Snow is heading back in the forecast. It didn't get as warm today as they had predicted. It maybe got to 34 degrees. We had to cut the afternoon walk short as the sidewalks were treacherous. Any snow that had melted in the past few days was frozen again on the sidewalks. There was black ice on the busy street in front of the hotel at noon today. We walk in front of the Anchorage Museum most days. This is Alaska's largest museum. They have an exhibit of over 600 Alaskan indigenous artifacts that had recently been on display in the Smithsonian Institution. Next year, the baby woolly mammoth will be a featured attraction.
The newspaper headline is from last Friday. This teacher was out for a run as she prepared for a marathon. She was killed on a gravel road near Chignik Lake approximately 474 miles southeast of Anchorage. Villagers and wildlife officials hunted for the wolves responsible for her death. They killed 2 wolves earlier this week and both tested negative for rabies. This is only the second reported human death caused by wolf attack in North America in modern times. This is Alaska's first death caused by wolves. The really creepy part- there are 2 packs of wolves here in the Anchorage Bowl. One pack is called the Ship Creek Pack. Yeah, that Ship Creek. The same creek along which we walk several times a week on moose patrol. Doesn't concern us, just makes us more aware of our surroundings.
Iditarod Update!! History has been made this year in the Iditarod Race. Lance Mackey won his fourth consecutive race. He is the first musher in the history of the Iditarod to do this. In his honor, we will rerun a picture that we took of him at the ceremonial start. Wow, we witnessed history in the making.