We have leaves on the trees!
That's one of the things that make me feel like spring has finally reached Alaska. Some others are planting the garden, taking all of the extra insulation down from the yurt, and watching Leo playing with the garden hose (doing his part to add to the greenery).
Here's Nicki enjoying some spring, baby, and dog time down at the Nature Center.
Here is another sign of spring; we can start our hiking trips at 8:00 PM. In the next photo I am up on top of Baldy, a local mountain at 10:00PM. That small, rectangular patch of white on the left in the local Eagle River Fred Meyer. So beautiful and so close to home. The scenery I mean, not Fred Meyer.
Spring also marks the frantic, get-every-summer-time-activity-done-before-it-is-over-and-covered-in-snow mayhem that Alaskans experience during their four "warm" months of the year. Hence the late night hiking.
Spring is also time for skiing. That sun softened snow is the perfect thing for making easy turns. I recently made a Mountain Mama (Nicki) sighting. Here she is making her way up to the top of the local, closed ski area.
She was later seen shredding her way down with magnificent grace and technique. Leo had the foresight to have dinner ready when she returned to the car. Go easy on the Zoo Juice there buddy!
In Kaya news: She is reaching for everything in sight. Guard those toys Leo.