Sunday, February 26, 2017

Snow Sculptures at Fur Rondy

Photo by Bill Roth /  Anchorage Daily News
Fur Rondy (short for rendezvous) is the annual winter festival in Anchorage, where residents fight cabin fever with activities like the snowshow softball, the running of the reindeer, and outhouse races. There are other activities too, like hockey, sled dog races, and a poker tournament.

My favorite event in Fur Rondy as always been the snow sculptures. The frozen equivalent of sand castles, snow sculptures are, by their very nature, temporary. Beautiful, whimsical, or just funny, they’re created solely for the enjoyment of the artists and passersby. To bring a smile.

Like the bloom of a daylily or a rainbow, their short life is part of their charm. It's easy to put off going to the Grand Canyon or the Statue of Liberty. They'll always be there, after all. But come spring, that snow sculpture will be gone forever, so we'd better enjoy while we can. They encourage us to live for today.

What temporary pleasures have you experienced lately?

Update: 2017 Snow Sculptures from GCI on Facebook: Love the T-Rex and the Mouse

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