Eagle River Weather

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Leo trucks, Eagles, Sun, and an Old Movie

We had a bit more snow here over the past week, about 2 inches. Add a bit of sunshine and playing outside is a must. It struck me as somewhat unique that Leo uses his toy truck to dig in snow instead of sand. Uncle Andy should be so proud. I think my next project will be to build a snow box. Yeah...probably not. Here is Leo and his truck helping me shovel off the deck.

We were also visited by a bald eagle this week. This picture was taken from the deck of the yurt.

And, as you can see the sun is well above the mountains now. This picture was also taken from the deck.

Now, for something not from the deck. During our first couple of months of marriage Nicki and I made this ski movie. Unfortunately, during the shooting I didn't have the sound on for Nicki's interviews, but it made for some creative subtitling. It is kind of a big file (23 Mb) and about 6 minutes long.

Woosh! What a silly time. I thought you all might like a glimpse into when Nicki and I were a bit more hard core. :)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Fun in the Sun and Snow

We have had a lot of fun around the yurt for the last couple of weeks. There has been lots of outside time and Nicki has had a lighter schedule so we have seen a lot of her. On a recent photo expedition I went tromping around off trail and found this amazing tree. Some time ago a bear had been through the area and had clawed it.

Leo has been blossoming quite a bit in the last few weeks in regards to his imagination. He has been telling us stories about him riding bears, visiting friends, putting out fires, and cooking food. Here is a picture of Leo off to fight a fire. His version of a fire hose is a silver colored belt.

Ever increasing sunshine is a constant source of joy at the yurt.

Miraculously, Nicki had a day off and I was able to ditch the boy so we headed out to Hatcher Pass for some back country skiing. The weather and snow were awesome and the lighting made for some fantastic photographs.

In fact I got so caught up with the picture taking that I wasn't watching where I was going. I tried to ski (skins on) and take pictures at the same time. This resulted in me falling off a cornice. Now, that might sound bad but it was only a 5 foot fall onto soft snow in a shallow gully. Lucky me I guess. The worst part about it is that my camera got caked with snow and I couldn't take any more pictures that day. Here a snow spotted picture of me looking back up from my fall to my rescue party.

And, for all of you who are experiencing warmer temperatures, Leo has a fashion tip for you.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Leo's Bedtime

I couldn't resist posting this video. Leo has a very exciting way of getting into bed.