The last weekend in January we went to Breckenridge with our friends Greg and Mekayla to see the International Snow Sculpture Festival. Greg and Mekayla went up Thursday and went skiing on Friday; we went up Friday afternoon. We met them at the snow sculptures around 4 p.m., at which time we could still see the sculptors at work. They had some interesting tools. Some of the tools were very ordinary tools you would find at a hardware store like scrapers, but some of them were home made combinations of large curved wood with handles, with some sort of metal mesh attached, kind of like a rasp plane. It was quite fun to watch them work. We also went back on Saturday morning when they were finished. There was a pretty big difference in many of the sculptures, even though they had been working on them for 3 or 4 days. Unfortunately we don’t have any pictures from Saturday, because we left the camera in the car Friday night, and the cold drained the battery.
Saturday afternoon we took a nice hike with Greg, Mekayla, Anne (Mekayla’s mom), and her dog Lucy. Greg and Mekayla let us borrow these crampons that are basically like little spikes that slide over your boots, providing some great traction. We might have to get some of those. After a nice dinner of squash, corn, and bean stew, Anne volunteered to stay with Spencer to let us young folk go out on the town, which was a real treat for Clare and me. Thanks again Greg, Mekayla, and Anne for a great time!