Monday, April 6, 2015

April 5, 2015 -- Easter Sunday, Anchorage

The daffodils at Hohn Apartments -- still not quite ready to bloom.

Snow this morning, for Easter.
OK, a whole 1/2 inch of snow around Anchorage, but it was most definitely snow -- our first in weeks.

After the early morning Easter Mass, Jim and I drove to Alyeska. Snow powdering trees at 36th and Seward Highway.

Potter Marsh had a couple of gulls, and a few open patches of water, but no swans yet. Jim said I shouldn't be greedy.

Sheep at Mile 106.5.

Around every bend, another bit of scenery, and through the middle stretch of the trip, often some sun.

Girdwood had several inches of snow.

Apparently it wasn't enough to open the lower chair lift, which sat silent. But dozens and dozens of cars were parked near the tram that goes to the top of the mountain.

The shrubs near the Alyeska Bakeshop had both buds and puffs of snow.

Sun appearing over a mountain, through clouds.

Going back, the sky began to clear again between Girdwood and Anchorage.

Later in the afternoon we walked around Bootleggers' Cove and South Addition. The ship that comes twice a week was heading south.

Another house with a Buddha -- there are many more of these in Anchorage than I realized. This house also had

an angel, and

two chickens.

We wanted a photo of Star, the reindeer who lives at 10th and I streets, and goes out every day for a walk around the Park Strip. This is as good as it gets -- she has several layers of wire fence because earlier Stars (reindeer have lived there for decades, and all of them are named Star) have died from eating plastic bags pushed through the fence.

The day wound up cloudy, although not as much as in the morning, with a forecast of high winds on Monday, and maybe some rain.

We'll be keeping an eye on the daffodils.

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