I love this time of year. There’s so much to be entertained by and my favorite is the World Ice Art Championships. The park opened officially on Tuesday, and (as always) I purchased a season pass, so I could go as many times as I want. I also like the collector pin that comes with a season pass, and will add it to my collection. I think I have seven of them now. I don’t think I bought a season pass in 2004, so I didn’t get a pin that year. I need to gather them up and put them all together in one place.
After our 18″ snow last weekend, we had warm temperatures which was really nice. Then we got another 5″ of snow and really heavy winds. It was so heavy that trees went down all over town - taking out power lines and phone lines. We had one tree go down in our yard, and it fell on the guide wires for the power pole in the easement behind our house. It was a fairly thin spruce tree - already dead - but if it would have fallen on our electric lines instead, that would have been really bad.
We did have a 3 hour power outage at one point, and I am so very thankful for the linemen who work for GVEA. I think a tree fell on the lines on the next street over.
Steve’s on his 7-day-off rotation, which is nice. He helped me move furniture back into the office/photography room. I still have so much to do to get the boxes of stuff out of the guest room so I can set the bed back up for Chris’ visit. But it’s so nice to see the old office freshly painted, with clean carpet. The way we’ve put the furniture makes it looks so much more spacious than before.
He took me out to run errands on Friday, as the roads were still deep with snow in some places and I was glad for his truck. But for the most part, the snowplows did a fabulous job of getting the roads cleared. Since we were out, I asked him if he’d take me by the Ice Park so I could get my season pass and do a quick lap through the single block sculptures.
Steve only goes to the park once - and that’s after the big sculptures are up, and at night. I think he’ll go with me when Chris is here; we’ll make a night of it. But he was willing to wait for me in the parking lot so I could do a quick visit and check out the single block sculptures.
It was sunny, and not too cold, when I entered the park. And then a huge cloud rolled over us and hail started to fall. It was horrible! I had to turn my back to the wind, and taking photos was a real challenge. A few minutes later it was all over. The weather has been so strange!
Here are photos of some of the single block sculptures: