Compared to a year ago, spring seems only to have sprung a little leak regardless of what the calendar has officially declared. Loons that had found small openings along the Kenai River disappeared as Old Man Winter challenged Old Man River to break his icy grip on the mighty Kenai.
Granted the first day of Spring 2003 was unusually warm, dry and early for Alaska, but last year no one was talking about "Break-up," because it never had to. The Kenai River never really froze over the entire winter, and when it came time for the St. Patrick's Day parade, kids lined the Spur Highway in Soldotna dressed in T-shirts and shorts to enjoy the parade and warm sunny temperatures. No one could tell who had returned from Hawaii because everyone was tan.
A beautiful scene at the Kenai river.
So much for El Nino welcome La Nina and Break-Up 2004. The St. Patrick's Day parade was not deterred by the windy winter weather and Moms and Dads simply grabbed the parkas and blankets and bundled the kids up for springtime in Alaska. As the wintry winds blew over the weekend and the mercury dropped back to zero, snow sports continued under sunny skies while many families headed to warmer places for Spring Break. Some folks may have scoffed and done a double take at their calendars that declared the first day of spring, others kept the faith in the lengthening day light hours and the inevitability of warmer temperatures.
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