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From: Becky ( -
Subject: Rainy Day in Anchorage
Date: July 18, 2008 at 6:04 pm PST

Just when you think you’ve seen everything…

Since we’ve been in Anchorage the weather has been very cool to almost cold. We’ve had two days since June 27 (when we arrived) that were in the 70’s (71 and 72). All the rest of the days have been in the high 50’s or somewhere in the 60’s. (Jo, I know you could use some days like this right about now, huh?) We’ve had a fair amount of rain as well, although most days are just cloudy with a short sprinkle here and there. But that all seemed to change a couple of days ago. Wednesday night it started raining and it really hasn’t quit yet. Just steady, light rain, not a big storm or anything. And today we had planned to attend a “Cardboard Boat Regatta” where young kids from a local day camp had designed and built boats that were made of nothing but cardboard and duct tape. Then, they had little boat races in these unlikely vessels! But although this was amazing enough, today turned out to be very cool (cold in my book), at no more than 52 degrees, with light rain, and the event went on as planned. Not only that, when we got to the park, most of the kids from the day camp were down on the lake beach in bathing suits, and some were even in the water! Maybe I’ve been sheltered all my life, and I’ll admit, being from California where this kind of weather describes my average winter day, getting into the water in that kind of weather would never have occurred to me. But I suppose if you live in Anchorage and you want to enjoy the very brief non-winter season, you don’t let anything stop you! They say in Alaska they have three seasons – June, July, August, and Winter, haha!

We hung out for about 90 minutes, us in our raincoats and umbrella, looking very much like tourists, and it was so fun to watch the kids try to paddle their boats around the short course before they sank or tipped over. Some were as young as 6 years old, and they were so excited! Anyway, we came on home and it was definitely a day for making cookies, so I whipped up a batch of Jo’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, only I didn’t have any chocolate chips, so I used raisins instead (my husband’s preference, in any case). Oh my, why haven’t I made these before? These are unbelievably delicious! As my husband said, “These are so good, I don’t know what to do!” :)


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