Saturday, February 28, 2009

Weekly Winners....Fur Rondy Edition



Weekly Winners courtesy of the Sarcastic Mom!

It's been an exciting weekend here in Anchorage. Thursday night we had a moose visit...

Moose!

Moose!

The whole story, complete with the dog trying to protect us from this moose, is here.

It's also Fur Rondy time -- The Anchorage Fur Rendezvous celebrates Anchorage's history. We went downtown today, to watch the sled dog races and check out some of the other events.

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A musher about to cross the finish line.

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Dogs pulling.

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Musher. If you look closely, you can see that his right foot is off the sled. He is pushing along with his foot as the dogs race toward the finish line.

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A race to the finish.

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The dogs looked like they were having a really good time.

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Tess watching the race.

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Snow sculpture contest.

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model for the snow sculpture above.

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Waiting for the hatchet, machete, saws, shovels, picks, and creativity.

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Ready for a long day of hacking and sculpting and chopping.

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Most interesting and unique sculpture. (I think it is modeled on some kind of fruit or vegetable, like in the photo on the sign in front.)

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It was snowing pretty heavily all day.

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Snow building up on Tess.

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Fur auction. I have never seen so many fur hats.

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The carnival. First time I have ever been on a Midway in the snow...

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Thor and Tess went on the Ferris Wheel. There is a guy hanging off the thing pounding on a wheel with a hammer. I don't know why, but it made Mark and I a little nervous. Thor and Tess thought the ride was great.

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Heading back to the car.

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Thor throwing himself down the hill so I can take a photo. What a guy.

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I shoveled the drive. I hope Mark wasn't planning to use his Jeep before the snow plow clears our street...(also, you can see our dogs watching us in the living room window.)

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Mark removing the pile of snow in front of the Jeep. Guess he thought he might want to use it.

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Lots of snow. No snowplow yet.

And finally, last Sunday we took the Suburban through the car wash. (Everything is grimy and filthy, because we had some warmer weather...lots of slush and muck.)
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Mark.

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Water being blown off the windshield. I really really like this shot.

16 comments:

  1. Nice set. I love the action in the dog sled shots.

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  2. I loved the moose story as much as the pictures that go with it!!

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  3. Cool, its like being there with you. Glad I am not though, it looks too cold up there....:)

    I LOVE the pic with the dogs in the window....LOVE it.

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  4. A moose?! I will never complain about squirrels in my backyard again. Love the dog race photos.

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  5. Wow, a moose! And to think I run and grab the camera when there is a possum on the deck.

    Love the dog sleds ... and I don't even want to think about riding a ferris wheel in the snow!

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  6. Cool moose!

    Love the last shot. Neato!

    The snowflake on the glove it awesome!

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  7. Love all the shots.
    The ice sculptures are fantastic. I wish I had one of those furs keeping me warm right about now.
    I would have freaked about the carnival ride in the snow. I don't trust those things on warm days.

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  8. Coolest pictures I've seen today..and I'm not just talkin' about the snow!!

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  9. Love the shot of Tess watching the sled race. The expression on her face is so pleasant.

    The shot of the family headed back to the car is great. Nice angle.

    And I would have been a wee bit concerned if I had seen the guy working on the ferris wheel too.

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  10. Oh what great pictures!! I love them.

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  11. F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C.... The capitals were for Thor throwing himself into the snow, just for you...

    and of course for our viewing pleasure as well.. hehehehe

    I really like the last shot as well but there is just something about the teeny snowflake on Tess' glove, which I really like as well. and then there is the one of your dog in the window. Oh, and did I mention that I like the moose and and and, well I think you get the idea...

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  12. It starts with the amazing moose and only got better...great shots of the race!
    Everything looks so very cold, though!

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  13. Anonymous4:14 PM

    Are you sure that the snow sculpture wasn't modeled on a whole bunch of penises?

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  14. Wow. All of it. Wow. A moose? Dang. Carnival in the snow? Wow. Ice sculptures? Very cool.

    I love the whole set!

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  15. I think that sculpture/photo was a fruit called something like a buddah hand. I saw one at the store once but didn't buy it because it was TEN DOLLARS.

    The pic of the glove with the snow flakes - those flakes look like they're totally fake, I am AMAZED at the design of them, it's freaking unreal.

    Never seen a snowy midway before either, that is pretty cool. These pictures are SO GOOD!

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