Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fur Rondy begins

Whew, what a weekend. I've been so busy that we haven't had time to post any new messages. I'll try to tell you what's been going on. Fur Rendezvous began this past weekend. This began as a celebration when fur trappers returned to town to sell and trade their furs. It has turned into a festival that celebrates that tradition as well as a way to cure the cabin fever caused by the long winters. Hopefully, spring should be right around the corner.

You wouldn't know that by this weekend's weather however. The wind was vicious! Friday morning it was so windy that it was blowing much of the loose snow across the roads downtown. We were able to begin watching the festivities from the balcony Saturday morning. I snapped a few photos as the Frostbite Footrace and Costume Run participants ran down 6th Avenue. After breakfast, we headed over to the museum to watch some performers demonstrate traditional dances from their native countries. They were all very exciting to watch. Some graceful, some boisterous. All around the museum were exhibits from different countries. At one booth, a gentleman wrote our name in Korean on a bookmark. There were many interesting things to see here. We braved the bitter winds and walked on over to watch the Outhouse Races.These are hilarious to watch and the names of the teams are quite humorous. At least two people pull the outhouse while another person rides inside. Unfortunately, we couldn't stand the sharp wind for too long. The wind blew snow into your face and was so frigid that we soon came on home. We ended Saturday night by watching the fireworks show from our balcony. We capped off the weekend by going for breakfast with SBFs Mindy and Paul on Sunday. They came and picked us up for breakfast. We ate at Harley's Old Thyme restaurant. Oh my goodness, it was yummy. One of the best parts was this pancake they serve on the weekends. It is topped with pecans that are in a sugary glaze, almost like candied pecans. Delightful.

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