Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesday, March 30th

You'd think that since it was 43 degrees around 4:30, more of this snow would have melted. However, when you take a look at the top picture you can see just how deep it still is. It was very sunny today but the wind was quite brisk. We began our walk on the Coastal Trail. The top few inches of snow on the trail have begun to melt. It was like walking in sand or a giant slushee!! The calves of my legs were really burning when we returned home after walking about 3 miles.

We took the Chester Creek Trail near the lagoon. As we rounded a curve near the disc golf course, a moose was right there on the trail! We stood and watched as several joggers moved way off onto the disc golf course to avoid any contact with the moose. Better safe than sorry! We took the same way around. This moose wasn't quite as big as the ones we have been seeing, but it was still impressive. Even a smaller moose is a force to be respected. That makes today's moose #10 on this year's moose sighting tally.

We left the trail near Virginia Avenue and walked through several neighborhoods on the way home. The city is very pedestrian-friendly. There are sidewalks on both sides of the streets and for the most part they are kept free of snow. We saw a condo for rent. I thought the sign said for rent but when we checked online it was for sale. Sorry, we won't be able to cough up the $450,000 for the small or the $1,000,000 for the larger condo. Unless a local oil company needs a tax write-off, I don't see these babies filling up any time soon. The median price for a home here is $350,000. Looks like we'll be renters while in Anchorage.

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