The Three Days of Easter
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by Terry Allen
March 28, 2016
Friday afternoon, March 25th, the Pinedale Aquatic Center (PAC) swimming pool was covered with hundreds of floating plastic Easter eggs. Hundreds of swimming suit clad kids and their parents lined the pool waiting.
Someone shouted and everyone jumped into the pool with their buckets and began to collect as many eggs as they could. There were a few accidental elbows thrown and a couple struggles for the same egg, but no blood was drawn. Moms and Dads stood careful guard to make sure kids didnít stay under too long.
Twice, the crowd marshaled on the edge of the pool and twice it was a free-for-all as they jumped in like a herd of frenzied seals.
Sofi Smith agreed to jump in the pool with her underwater camera and document the other-worldly underwater action and produced some very nice images (link to her pictures at the bottom of the page.)
Saturday morning, the Pinedale Lions Club again hosted its annual Easter egg hunt at Boyd Skinner Park. There was a lot more snow this year than last which meant less mud and more clean fun.
Cason King said he had a plan to get a lot of candy. "I kick my legs up real high when I run," he said. Liberty Verska had a plan also. "I carry a big bucket and I run fast," she said. "Hunting candy is like hunting deer. You look for the ears on the wrappers."
Meredith sat on her Dadís shoulders and said she planned to stay right there. "Iím going to hunt my candy right here on my Dadís shoulders," she said. "I have my lucky basket with me."
Bridget Murdock stood at the tape and said her plan was to, "Run, grab a bunch and then eat it and share it."
Charlee Mae wasnít interested in just any candy and stepped over hundreds of delicious looking pieces. "I only like Milky Way Bars," she said. Ellie in Pink said, "Iím going to run fast and get all the licorice."
Frankie and Jubal Gransden said a proper breakfast was key to candy success. "We ate a good breakfast of French toast and bacon."
Wilhelmina Moss said it was different having Easter here instead of Arizona. "In Arizona we have grass to run on," she said.
Sunday morning at White Pine, we found Doug "The Bunny" Hillman holding court outside the main lodge. He came all the way from Brighton in the UK to officiate at both the Lions hunt and the White Pine hunt. "I came here at Alan Blackburnís invitation," he said. "Being the Easter Bunny was on my bucket list. Brighton is a town with a population more than all the state of Wyoming, so itís a big difference and a lot of fun. In the UK, adults give children large chocolate eggs."
What is the thing about Easter in Wyoming that stands out most? "Iím impressed at the bravery of the little kids that throw themselves into the arms of a big English bloke dressed as a rabbit," said Doug The Bunny.
Keegan Hankins asked the photographer if he knew what the real meaning of Easter was. Then he asked him what his favorite candy was. "KitKat," the photographer answered. With that, Keegan dug into his bucket until he came up with a KitKat and handed it to the photographer. His little brother Silas dug into his bucket and handed one over, too. Photographer smiled.
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