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4 March 2016 / leggypeggy

Hot to trot and off the radar

World Ice Art Championships sculpture

Sweet Motion of the Northern Lights, by Don Lowing, Peter Slavin, Jeffrey Meyers, Dean DeMarais. 2007 World Ice Art Championships, Multi block sculpture, second place, realistic.

There’s been a heat wave in Canberra over the last week and another week of heat is predicted. With temperatures running about 35°C (95°F), Poor John and I have decided to go to extremes to beat the extremes.

We’re on the way to the annual World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks Alaska. Our plane boards in about 20 minutes (thank goodness for Sydney airport’s wifi). After the ice competition and in the hopes of seeing the aurora borealis, we drive 10 hours further north, to a place called Coldfoot (I hear you say, Cold? My Foot!).

So in the short-term I’ll be offline for at least a day, and gearing up to take plenty of photos to share. In the longer term, after Alaska we’ll do Seattle, Tampa, the Caribbean, Cuba and then a bit of South America with a repositioning cruise, of all things, back to Los Angeles.

Stay tuned for more like these from earlier championships.

World Ice Art Championships sculpture

“Leap” 2005 Ice Art Championships, Fairbanks, Alaska. First place single block competition by Steve Brice and Aaron Costic


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  1. Lesley Snow / Mar 4 2016 2:12 pm

    Another adventure! Yippee!!

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  2. derrickjknight / Mar 4 2016 2:13 pm

    Enjoy the trip

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  3. weezaj / Mar 4 2016 2:23 pm

    DANG have probably missed you – but have a wonderful trip and safe travels, and look forward to lots of tales of lots of great adventures!


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  4. Vicki / Mar 4 2016 2:28 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful excuse to beat the heat! Seems like you’re sharing it with Melbourne today and over the next week.

    Can I come and carry your bags? You only have to pay me porter’s fees, the airfare, accommodation fees, meals and a bit of pocket money for me to spend on the way 🙂 I promise not to complain too much about the weight of the bags.

    But seriously, it sounds altogether a nice mix of travel experiences and Alaska is one of my all time favourite armchair travel destinations.

    I’ve got several DVDs on Alaska so will be keen to see your photos and read about your experiences. Don’t forget to collect some recipes along the way.

    Travel safely and in good health……

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 5 2016 6:37 am

      Oh bummer, Vicki. Your offer came through after we took off. Maybe next time. 🙂

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      • Vicki / Mar 5 2016 10:11 am

        Just remembered my passport expired last year too. I guess it’s not worth renewing now (that I can’t afford to travel).

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      • leggypeggy / Mar 5 2016 11:50 am

        I won’t like that comment, but commiserate with you instead.

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  5. Curious to the Max / Mar 4 2016 2:28 pm

    Can’t wait for the “boob” pictures! (you might have to wait until you hit Los Angeles to find the photo-op subjects).

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  6. gerard oosterman / Mar 4 2016 2:33 pm

    Enjoy it all, and be gentle with poor John.

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  7. Yvonne / Mar 4 2016 2:53 pm

    Wow, what a wonderful adventure. I hope you get to see the beautiful Northern lights. See ya.

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  8. Coral Waight / Mar 4 2016 3:11 pm

    Gosh, you get around, Peggy. Have a great trip.

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  9. legominifigurestravel / Mar 4 2016 3:32 pm

    Have fun on this great adventure!

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  10. draliman / Mar 4 2016 7:08 pm

    Alaska? Wow, I thought you were going to say you bought a new air-con unit 🙂
    Enjoy your trip!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 5 2016 6:40 am

      Air-con would have been cheaper than the trip. Hmm, maybe we should have given that option more thought.

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  11. Rashminotes / Mar 4 2016 7:22 pm

    Sounds great Peggy! Have a great trip and look forward to reading all the stories:)

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  12. afterthelasttime / Mar 4 2016 8:50 pm

    Never heard of this particular competition however it looks great and your trip north will no doubt be adventurous! No wifi in that area for sure!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 5 2016 6:41 am

      No idea how much wifi there will be, but I’ll be trying to keep in touch here.

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  13. Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet / Mar 4 2016 9:51 pm

    That is the MOST extreme reaction I have ever heard of to a heatwave!!
    Have great time Peggy.

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  14. joylovestravel / Mar 4 2016 9:56 pm

    What an amazing trip – sounds just incredible. Looking forward to reading about it!!

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  15. spearfruit / Mar 4 2016 11:48 pm

    Have a wonderful trip! I look forward to the pictures – stay warm. 🙂

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  16. poshbirdy / Mar 5 2016 12:04 am

    These are amazing. What a great idea for a trip!

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  17. White House Red Door / Mar 5 2016 12:48 am

    Have a fabulous trip! Can’t wait to read all about your adventures!!!

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  18. simpletravelourway / Mar 5 2016 2:44 am

    We arrive in Ecuador on April 6. Any chance our paths might cross?

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 5 2016 6:45 am

      Not sure, I’ll have to check the dates. And given that we’ll be on a ship, we’ll probably only be near the coast.

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  19. susan@marsha'sbungalow / Mar 5 2016 3:13 am

    Hate the heat that much? I am most jealous of your stop in Cuba – and the entire journey sounds wonderful. Happy and safe travels.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 5 2016 6:46 am

      To be honest, I don’t mind the heat. But if you want to see ice sculptures, you have to go someplace cold.

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  20. vagabondurges / Mar 5 2016 4:33 am

    Ha! I love it! I love y’all’s approach, and the awesomeness that is Australian Travel. Enjoy!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 5 2016 6:47 am

      Australians do venture far and wide, and for long periods of time. At two months, this is a short trip for us.

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  21. wfdec / Mar 5 2016 6:36 am

    Please can we have an explanation of how they get the colour into the ice.

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  22. Carol Ferenc / Mar 5 2016 6:43 am

    Oh, I hope you do see a good display of the Northern Lights, Peggy. At times they are spectacular! This sounds like a wonderful trip. I’m looking forward to more!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 5 2016 6:48 am

      I’m so looking forward to seeing the Northern Lights. I hope they are visible at least one night.

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      • Carol Ferenc / Mar 5 2016 7:45 am

        I hope so, too, Peggy.

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  23. Deb / Mar 5 2016 2:32 pm

    Wow that ice sculpture is amazing! Have you ever seen the aurora borealis before? I would love to, it looks magnificent! Safe travels and enjoy!!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 5 2016 8:18 pm

      Haven’t seen the aurora before, so really looking forward to the prospect. We’ve arrived in Fairbanks so it’s all systems go now—after I get some sleep.

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      • Deb / Mar 6 2016 12:54 am

        Oh I just got the chills thinking about how thrilling this will be for you. I hope it’s the best one yet!! Get your sleep, you don’t want to be tired.

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  24. Sheryl / Mar 5 2016 2:51 pm

    The ice sculptures are incredible. I’ve seen sculptures at a few small competitions, but they were nothing like these. The trip sounds like it will be wonderful..

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  25. Jean Boyd / Mar 5 2016 3:10 pm

    Alaska….in March? You are brave.
    We’re in Panama City, Florida, stop by on your way past!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 5 2016 8:21 pm

      Luckily we have good coats. Sorry we’ll miss Panama City. Flying from Seattle to Tampa.

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  26. mistermuse / Mar 6 2016 1:25 pm

    I hear that the Eskimos in Coldfoot give tourists a hotfoot. Maybe you’d better go barefoot/:)

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  27. tony / Mar 7 2016 2:10 am

    Hi Peggy

    Enjoy your trip! Looking forward to more posts. It’s been 36 to 38 in Hyderabad most of the time I’ve been here. Much the same as Canberra on and off. You’re pretty safe to avoid the heat in Alaska.

    Thanks for the like. The exposing of the art career continues…



    • leggypeggy / Mar 7 2016 3:49 am

      Hi Tony

      Glad we are both enjoying some extremes. Love hearing about the development of your art career. Cheers, Peggy


  28. Liz / Mar 7 2016 4:48 am

    I wish I could fit into your carry on luggage and go to all those lovely places you mention, including coldfoot…I hope you enjoy the annual World Ice Art Championship.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 7 2016 5:09 am

      We’ve been to the ice art championship once in daylight and then we’ll go again tonight. Pics coming soon.

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  29. pagedogs / Mar 7 2016 12:26 pm

    Alaska’s having a crazy warm winter but it looks like the weather will be cold enough to keep the ice sculptures from melting while you are there. I hope you have a clear sky and plenty of aurora activity. Watching the northern lights on a cold Alaskan night is pretty magical. And Coldfoot … well, Coldfoot is different. You’ll see what I mean! Enjoy.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 7 2016 8:28 pm

      Yes, the weather is much milder than we expected, but the sculptures are holding up. Saw them tonight and got a glimpse of the aurora too. Heading for Coldfoot in six hours and heading to bed now. Maybe no posts for five or six days.

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  30. Wannabe Supermaman / Mar 10 2016 2:18 am

    Have an amazing time, really looking forward to seeing the ice art pictures!


    • leggypeggy / Mar 13 2016 6:09 pm

      Thanks so much. I’m downloading pics now and hope to get together some interesting posts.

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