Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Winter at Home + Snow Dog Bliss

I feel like I blinked and suddenly we went from December to halfway through February! I know winter seems to drag on and on for most folks, and it used to for me, too. But in an effort to make the most of winter and have a reason to enjoy it, I joined ski patrol 7 years ago. Winter has flown by for me ever since!

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I feel like when I left off posting photos of Taiga, she was about this big

This year's winter has been the most winter-y we've had in the past 7 years. The temperatures were finally seasonal, even if the snowfall was sub-par. The snow we received from December to the present would last and remain and build up for weeks before a warm spell would melt it all.

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Snow dog in a snow storm

Taiga has been LOVING it. It's been so fun watching her grow up in a real winter wonderland the majority of the time.

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"Mouse?!" Taiga, probably

It seems we're back to unseasonably warm weather for the foreseeable future though. Our mountain top has no snow on it for the first time in months!

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Nice shot for size comparison back in December at the vet's. Kenai was cocking his head because there
was a pig out of his line of sight

Taiga is adjusting just fine to this though, fully accepting her new role of digging-dog instead of snow-playing dog.

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The flat ridge along the right fading to center of the photo is where I live! My house is out of view though.

All the same, I thought it would be fun to share a huge dump of winter photos of Taiga, Kenai, and our winter wonderland. I've been wanting to share some of these for ages, but - beyond Instagram - I've been pretty lazy with all things social media. #sorrynotsorry

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Bold as brass on the ski lift...back before we had snow lol

Enjoy a peak into our little slice of paradise.

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Getting some spring water as we climb 3-mile to Bald Knob
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Water?
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Smiles for days with this guy <3
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Dave shredding it up coming down Weiss Knob
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As Jan's husband noted, it looks like someone erased half of my dog
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The detail a cell phone camera can capture these days amazes me
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NYE with these ladies! Lyra and her mini me. Austen and I pre-margaritas, post-egg nog
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Kenai and Lyra do not want to be associate with us. Taiga is too young to know better...
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But the older dogs are much happier when the young one is being embarrassed!
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Lyra would. not. look. at. me. Cheeky bitch.
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But like. Seriously. This. This is my backyard.
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Weeee!
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It was SO cold the morning we went to take these. I think it was -8°F before windchill...
and that was warm!
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The happiest guy <3
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So casual
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Queen of her kingdom - her breeder LOVED this photo
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Wandering back to the house because we couldn't feel our fingers any more
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This is what it looks like after your brother mauls you into a snow bank
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Yeehaw!
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Temperature? -3°F Windchill? -29°F Balmy!
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Hikes up the mountain
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He was posed so perfectly FACING me between these birches, but no, couldn't hold that pose
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Dave sent me this one morning <3
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Mount Porte Crayon vista from our ridgetop
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My redbud tree in her winter best
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Rime ice is my favorite <3
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The side eye is strong with this one
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So demure
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Kenai surveying his kingdom (and Taiga, he doesn't have two tails lol)
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The number of photos I'll have of this field by the time I die will be infinite. I just love it.
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Playing. Forever playing.
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She is beauty!
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She is grace?
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This sunset was freaking phenomenal.
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Training weekend #1
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A coworker's shot of the training - I'm the one with the blue hood turned facing the camera.
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My endurance mentor's friends came to ski for a weekend, so I showed them around all day on their second day of skiing
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Taiga helping me close the mountain one evening
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"Can we run more now?"
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Kenai had a lot of fungal baths during the month of January to help us try to
figure out what is going on with his hair. Taiga stood by as moral support.
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Still the most handsome
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And he knows it
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Blep.
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Bounding after big brother
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Like so.
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On a mission.
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A serious mission
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I love these big maple trees <3
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The wreath I made at the end of November is hanging in there!
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"Woman, let me in." Kenai, definitely.
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A Taiga Loaf!
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Her favorite thing to do at the barn is root around in the mud.
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Training weekend #2 with my favorite patrol mentor. He's in front in these shots and I'm behind.
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We had so much fun
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Look at those smiles. Even if I couldn't see a damn thing (fogged up goggles on my forehead and eyes closed in this shot)
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Tongue out happiness
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In her kingdom
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More rime ice
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One of the hawthorne groves
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In amongst the hawthornes
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Spy Taiga?
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My favorite shot of them this winter <3
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Pastels thrown by the light of the setting sun
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Purple mountain's majesty.
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Home <3 If you look closely you can see big snowflakes in the winter my mom made us a couple years ago!
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The field. And rime ice trees. Again.
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Back porch view
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Beautiful golden hour lighting. Everything turns a beautiful peachy shade.