World Ice Art Championships

18 Mar

Brandon and I had the opportunity to visit the BP World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks last weekend. It was so fun!!

Dad, Haylee, Taylor, Brandon & I drove up to Fairbanks with the plan to go spend the day at the Ice Art Park. Taylor apparently had different plans…she threw up about an hour into our two hour ride up to Fairbanks. We were hoping it was just a one time deal but she threw up again when we stopped for lunch in Fairbanks. Dad was worried that she would get dehydrated and didn’t want to risk it since we were two hours from home. So Taylor and Dad hung out at the hospital while Brandon, Haylee, and I got to visit the Ice Park.

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When you first walked in the Ice Park there are about a dozen or more ice slides that you can take a ride on. And of course being the big kid that I am, I had to test ALL of them out. 🙂

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After going down the first slide I realized to get the best “slippage” I would need to wear my snow pants so off I went to the car to throw on the snow pants. (And yes, that was a total run on sentence. Lol.)

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Haylee in a shoe.

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At the Ice Park, there were ice exhibits that you could view. These of course didn’t have any slides for me to slide down but they were still very much entertaining.

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These ice carving exhibits were all judged in a variety of categories – Single block, Multi-block, single carver, team carvers – realistic or abstract. On the ice park website it tells about the specific competitions and how long they had to complete the carvings. It is really neat!!

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This was one of my very favorite ice sculpture. It is the bones of a King Salmon.

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This was the last picture I took before my phone got too cold and shut off. Luckily Brandon was able to snap some pictures while my phone warmed back up in my mittens. 🙂

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Haylee sitting on an ice toilet.

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This ice log cabin even had a table, chairs, sink, and countertop all made out of ice! Pretty cool! No pun intended! Lol.

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Haylee in ice jail.

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There were these ice bowls located through out the ice park that you could sit in and then have someone else spin you. I of course opted out of this due to my extremely low tolerance for motion sickness but Brandon did take the ice bowls for a spin. Heehee.

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Last but not least, my very favorite part of the day!!…(excuse my finger in the picture)

20130321-205324.jpgThere were 8 slides that you could ride down. We were prepared for these awesome ice slides and had brought our sleds! Woohoo!

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Brandon stayed entertained at the bottom of the slides watching all the kids wipe out, while Haylee and I raced down the slides. The slides were super slick and so much fun!
Such a great day! 🙂

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Love to all!
Bethany

P.s. Taylor had no more episodes the rest of the day, thank goodness. And no one else got sick! After the ice park we picked Dad & Taylor up from the hospital and headed home.

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