If you recall, a few months back I found these brand new bad boys at a local thrift store for next to nothing. I planned on using them in all the frozen rinks around town throughout the long winter. It's now the end of January - thankfully on the downhill slide - and I can say that they finally have officially been used.
This winter the city decided to cover a park area right in the middle of downtown Anchorage with water and let nature do it's business and freeze, thus creating an ice skating rink. They also had these nifty ice sculptures all around it created by locals...which miraculously never melt (imagine that...).
We decided it'd be a fun (and rather cheap) date night to go ice skating and warm up with some hot cocoa at a local coffee shop. I imagined being a Friday night we would be fighting the crowds of people out there enjoying the free ice skating along with us.
Much to our surprise....we were the only people out there ice skating.
It makes me laugh because the last time we had gone - we had to fork over a handful of cash to enjoy a rink indoors with 300 other people. Never had I been able to just walk on to and enjoy an entire rink by myself - thanks to the 4 months of below freezing temps. Another first (and maybe only) in Alaska.
And I lasted about a whole 30 minutes until my toes went numb and a hot drink was in order. :)