March 29, 2010 - Seward's Day off!

Seward's Day is a legal holiday in the U.S. state of Alaska. It falls on the last Monday in March and commemorates the signing of the Alaska Purchase treaty on March 30, 1867.[1] It is named for then-Secretary of State William H. Seward, who negotiated the purchase from Russia.

This is Mike and I enjoying a spring hike.

That's a ptarmigan in the tree. It turns white for the winter and then morphs into the color of branches to hide itself during the summer. I also spotted a couple of wolves today in the trees pouncing on little critters.
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March 2010 - Iditarod and Ruth's visit

March always brings the ceremonial start of the Iditarod to Anchorage. We watched some of the teams as they prepared to go over their first urban overpass by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Ruth arrived for her "spring break" just in time to see our new 16" of snow and to be in single digit temps. So much for spring! But we do "spring forward" tonight so we'll be enjoying longer daylight now until the summer solstice in late June. YAY! Below is the welcome home fruit tart.

It's time to get serious about replacing the sliding patio doors to the mountainview deck. Maybe we'll get that done today, but there are so many other fun things to do! We're toasty here with the new boiler and water heater all installed. Just in time for a winter storm and then summer.
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