Fur Rondy Winter Carnival

Last weekend we spent a day at the carnival. In February. Because, Alaska. The carnival is in town as part of a two week long Fur Rondy celebration that’s going on right now. I can certainly say it’s the first time I’ve been on a Tilt-A-Whirl in a parka, snow boots, and a fur hat. #yolo

We must have been there on opening day because the lines were outrageous. Lillian was in a mood, which made waiting in line the worst. We thought about just heading home, but we already drove all the way into Anchorage, bundled everyone up, and had tickets in hand. We had to commit. So we did.

It turned out to be a really fun day. Lillian enjoyed all the rides. She’s big enough to ride on most of them with an adult by her side. The only ride Hazel was able to go on was the Ferris wheel. The 4 of us all rode it together. I was panicking the entire time. I’m not a fan of heights. Also, there were no seatbelts and I was riding with a 1 and 2 year old. Ahhhh! Of course the girls loved it and could not stop giggling.

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We will be enjoying more Fur Rondy events this weekend. Tomorrow is the ceremonial start of the 2016 Iditarod, The Last Great Race on Earth. We are planning on going and also heading up to Willow on Sunday for the restart. We’ve never been to the restart (the actual start of the race), so we’re really looking forward to it.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

xo,
Briana

 

Alaskan Adventure | Iditarod & Fur Rondy

A couple weeks ago we checked two items off of our ‘Alaska Bucket List’. The Iditarod and the Fur Rondy winter festival!

On the first Saturday in March we headed into Anchorage for the ceremonial start of the 42nd Iditarod sled dog race. The “Last Great Race On Earth”. It’s a 1000 mile race from Anchorage to Nome. The whole thing blows my mind. I cannot believe people are willing and able to do this race. It is CRAZY to me!

We had such a great time cheering on all the mushers and sled dog teams as they started on their journey. The streets of Anchorage were packed with fans and spectators from all over the world. I’m so glad we were able to experience this awesome event.

The winner finished early this morning in 8 days and 13 hours. The musher in second place (the musher we were cheering for) finished just two minutes later. So close!

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After all the teams were off, we spent the rest of the day enjoying the Fur Rondy festival. As I’ve mentioned before, Fur Rondy is a 10 day winter festival held in Anchorage. There are tons of events going on throughout the festival. It’s a lot of fun {and fur} for the whole family.

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One of the main events of the festival is the Running of the Reindeer. It’s like the Running of the Bulls in Spain, but with an Alaskan twist… Reindeer! Blake and a couple of his buddies participated in the event. Of course he made his way through hundreds of people to be at the front of the starting line. I’m sure anyone that knows Blake is super surprised. I was busy video taping so I didn’t get any pictures. But I did search the internet far and wide to find some pictures of Blake.

Note: Everyone dresses in crazy costumes to do the race. That’s why Blake looks so amazing in all these pictures. ;)

We had a lot of fun enjoying this Alaskan celebration. We are already looking forward to next year.

IMG_4571(1)Until next time,
Briana