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"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been." -- Mark Twain

420--Texas: Ice is bigger in Texas
@ CherieSpotting     Dec 14 2008 - 13:45 PST
cherie writes: Texas has a whole lot of Ice this year. Every year the Gaylord Texan, a swanky hotel in Grapevine, hosts an Ice! exhibit where two million pounds of ice is carved into a winter wonderland.

In 2008 the ice-carvings included Old Man Winter, a massive Santa, four ice-slides, an ice cave, an ice forest, an ice bridge with an ice pond, a ice nativity scene, ice elves, over-sized ice ornaments, a 25-ft tall ice angel and an ice gingerbread house surrounded by cool (you guessed it!) icy treats.

Thanks to forty visiting Chinese artists, you don’t have to travel to Harbin, China to see ice carvings of this quality. But bundle up, the ice sculptures are kept at 9°. Visiting Ice! is a great way to slide into the Christmas season.

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Cherie and Greg in an ice-forest in a 14,000-square-foot "ICE!" exhibit in Grapevine, Texas.

Cherie and Greg in an ice-forest in a 14,000-square-foot "ICE!" exhibit in Grapevine, Texas.

Ice! has two million pounds of ice that was carved by 40 visiting artists from China.

Ice! has two million pounds of ice that was carved by 40 visiting artists from China.

Cherie's in the mood for a cool icy treat.

Cherie's in the mood for a cool icy treat.

Ice house.  Isn't that a band?

Ice house. Isn't that a band?

Cherie and Greg in a candy ice house.

Cherie and Greg in a candy ice house.

Love and candy.

Love and candy.

Greg on his ice throne.

Greg on his ice throne.

A massive Santa Claus made of ice.

A massive Santa Claus made of ice.

Cherie and Greg on Santa's lap.

Cherie and Greg on Santa's lap.

Ice Santa detail.

Ice Santa detail.

Time to decorate!

Time to decorate!

Greg with the ornaments.

Greg with the ornaments.

Is there an ice tree to hang these on?

Is there an ice tree to hang these on?

These "larger than life" ornaments were hand-carved by forty Chinese artists.

These "larger than life" ornaments were hand-carved by forty Chinese artists.

Greg in an ice cave.

Greg in an ice cave.

Polar bears drink Coke?

Polar bears drink Coke?

Cold bunnies.

Cold bunnies.

Attention: Bridge may be icy.

Attention: Bridge may be icy.

Real ice skaters.

Real ice skaters.

This ice skater fell; it must be slippery.

This ice skater fell; it must be slippery.

Just another day hanging out with blue flying ice elves.

Just another day hanging out with blue flying ice elves.

Cherie and Greg with Old Man Winter (who blew snow all over us!)

Cherie and Greg with Old Man Winter (who blew snow all over us!)

Now that's a lot of Ice!

Now that's a lot of Ice!

Old Man winter welcomes the couple from California.

Old Man winter welcomes the couple from California.

As tradition dictates, Rudolph leads the reindeer.

As tradition dictates, Rudolph leads the reindeer.

Before embarking on an adventure: YOU MUST READ THE RULES.

Before embarking on an adventure: YOU MUST READ THE RULES.

Cherie on the slide.

Cherie on the slide.

Slipping and sliding.

Slipping and sliding.

Greg on the slide.

Greg on the slide.

Greg's big finish.

Greg's big finish.

A 25-ft tall ice angel.

A 25-ft tall ice angel.

Can she fly with ice wings?

Can she fly with ice wings?

Ice angel face in detail.

Ice angel face in detail.

A nativity scene in ice.

A nativity scene in ice.

These animals are out in the cold.

These animals are out in the cold.

Ice shepherd.

Ice shepherd.

Nativity detail.

Nativity detail.

Mary and Jesus detail.

Mary and Jesus detail.

Ice goat detail (had to include this since ice goats often get overlooked.)

Ice goat detail (had to include this since ice goats often get overlooked.)

When elves fly.

When elves fly.

Cool treat?

Cool treat?

Not sure how this ice owl fits in with the Christmas theme, but we'll go with it.

Not sure how this ice owl fits in with the Christmas theme, but we'll go with it.

Rays of light at sunset.

Rays of light at sunset.