Tuesday, December 21, 2010
A Winter Day with Guests
Sunday brought brave winter guests, Bryan & Brandon. Bryan is the son of Anita Heady, & the boys are in the military, stationed in Germany right now. They decided they wanted to visit Alaska in the darkest time of year to see what it’s like. We brought them up to the house for dinner on Sunday, & had our friends the Meyn family all up to round out the evening. We ate bacon wrapped dates, Copper River red salmon, that I fixed outside on the grill. There was also pear salad, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, jalapeño cheese rolls, & apple dumplings with vanilla ice-cream for desert.
After dinner we tried out our new Pictionary Man game, & the boys beat the girls. We had a lot of fun. My favorite was Brandon’s rendition of Betsy Ross. Too funny.
The guys stayed the night with us, so in the morning I made a bacon & eggs breakfast, then we were on a mission to find a Polar bear. Brandon had promised his grandmother that he would get a picture of one, so off to the local zoo we went.
Yes it’s open year around, even on snowing 11 degree days.
The hardest part of photographing for me was the snow kept messing with the auto-focus, & the eyepiece was getting snowed on, so I had trouble trying to manual focus..so some of my images are a bit fuzzy, but here are the best of what I got:
The otter performed both in & out of the water for us.
The Lynx was smart, & watched us from it’s house.
Snow on the fence, made seeing the wolves a bit tricky.
Yaks weren’t bothered at all by the snow.
This little orphan bear doesn’t know yet that it is supposed to be in hibernation, so we had a one bear show. It was SOOOoooo Cute!
There were even a few humans at the zoo!
After the cold zoo we decided to go warm up at a “Topless bar”! See our special dancer in the corner over there?
Actually we went to Midnight Sun, where the men all agreed that they make the best brews in town. I then drove the guys back to their hotel, & we old folks made it home in time to take a nap!
Today Warren is out snow-blowing the driveways, as another 10 inches fell yesterday!