Saturday, March 29, 2008

Break Up - Alaska Style

This time of year is not called "spring" in Alaska. It is generally referred to as "Break Up". That is because the snow doesn't just melt. The ice melts and breaks up, both on the land and on the water. We were warned before we got here that we would need "break up boots". These are pictures a parking lot at a gas station. As you can guess, when all of this ice melts, you will need boots to wade across the parking lot or just to get out of your car to put gas in it.
Fortunately our own area does not look like this anymore. We have had no snow in our neighborhood since about the first week of March.