It’s been a fabulous month here in Interior Alaska! I’ve been kept quite busy with all of the activities taking place here. The Ice Park opened at the end of February, and I purchased a season pass (as I always do) so that I could get a commemorative pin. This pin will be the 12th one for my collection. Unfortunately, they’re not in yet, and I hope I don’t miss out on getting one. Over the last couple of years, the pins have not been in when the park opened, which necessitated frequent inquiries and visits, in order to guarantee getting one. The price of the season pass increased substantially a year or two ago, but I love this event (and the pin!) so I continue to purchase this pass even if I don’t go as often as I’d like. I hope I don’t miss out!
I have visited the park three times so far. Twice, during the day - after both the single and the multi-block sculptures were up, and once at night, to see them all under colored lights. They look so different with and without lights, and I like to take photos for comparison. Unfortunately, one of my visits was during a rather heavy snowstorm, which meant the sculptures were covered heavily in snow. It was still quite pretty and magical, even if much of the detail was obscured.
My friend Bob and his wife Jolene were in town for the Iditarod Re-start the weekend of the 7th-9th. I met up with them that Sunday and took them all over town, showing them the sights. We visited the Ice Park in the afternoon, and returned again in the evening for the colored lights. They really enjoyed themselves (as did I), and I had a wonderful day showing them my favorite places in Fairbanks. They talked about possibly moving here someday. They currently live down in Soldotna, which is on the Kenai Peninsula. It does get a lot colder here, so it’s not for everyone, but I think I showed them enough of our fair city to make a good impression.
Here are some photos taken during my visits to the Ice Park. I put together day and night composites of some of my favorite sculptures so you can see the difference. Some of the other sculptures, while also beautiful, didn’t photograph as well at both times of day, which is why I don’t have composites for all of them.