We left my Mom and Dad's home about 3 am (Alaska time) on December 30th to fly back to Anchorage after celebrating the holidays in Tennessee. Due to an unusually long flight from Seattle to Anchorage, we didn't arrive home until about 6:30 pm! We were both exhausted so we just ate dinner and went to bed.
The next day was spent moving all our belongings to our new condo with the help of SBF Paul. We greatly appreciated his help because we had amassed an alarming amount of belongings. Greg went out and got some delightful fried chicken from Freddie's. After dinner, I stood on the balcony of our new home and snapped some photos of the Fire and Ice Festival fireworks. This is named for the fireworks display and ice carving competition held in Town Square on New Year's Eve. So here are a few pictures of the fire, I'll post pictures later of the ice. Sunday afternoon we walked around the very large ice skating rink (also known as midtown Anchorage) to return library books and pick up a few household goods. Amazingly, we made it home unscathed. Forgetting the ice cleats today was a big mistake! The temps had gotten above freezing and melted the top layer of snow exposing the slippery layers of ice below. Tonight we walked over and took a few photos of the lights in front of the Anchorage Museum. It was a very pleasant evening stroll.