A Very Snowy Month
With the exception of yesterday evening when the 36 hour heavy rain event starting making a dent in the snow, I didn't see any grass or natural groundcover for the month of February. It was just snow, snow, snow, ice, snow, ice, snow, snow, ice, snow, rain.
And frankly, I'm not mad about it. I am a firm believer in finding a way to enjoy snow because you cannot control it. Especially if you're someone who lives in an area that regularly sees snowy winter weather. (TX folks, your recent situation does not apply. Complain away.) But for northerners, snow in winter isn't a surprise. You can't change it. If it's such a hard thing for you to deal with, live elsewhere. Being miserable about snow doesn't remove the snow. You have the same amount of snow + a poor attitude. Very little peeves me more than people who live in a routinely snowy area in the winter bitching constantly about snowy weather. /rant
|It's hard to tell from the photo, but Dave is climbing up out of the road grade by about 3.5 feet to get to the path we'd take for our skiventure. It was this high in part due to plowing, wind, and the sheer amount of snow we had.
|Also not easy to tell from photos, but this was not easy skiing. It was deep and the intermittent layers of ice between snow made breaking trail difficult.
|Still worth smiling over though!
|Last winter, I'd exit from the basement to go to the barn. This winter the snow and wind blocked the basement door. So I would head out this side door.
|The bowl of snow around the barn has been so impressive this year.
|View out the front of the house.
|Griffin, just clearing the drift to an area where the snow wasn't as deep.
|Pas de deux at liberty.
|Geldings being geldings....
|Angry about getting "tagged"
|Going after Griffin...
|Prancey little miss
|My new favorite photo of Qdle being a witch.
|Coming in hot!
|Zooming after Griffin. Again.
|Warding off any biting attempts.
|The cutest almost-11 year old you ever did see!
|Sunset lighting on Canaan Mountain
|Barn at night.
|Dave built a snowman. He lasted all through February.
|And wasn't a creep at all during the nighttime hours....
|Kenai, Jasper, and Kate on a backcountry ski eve
|It's pretty sweet that I could ski out my front door to this adventure.
|Dave. No, his skis aren't broken, it's just telemark bindings.
|Sue and DD
|Moi as captured by Sue. I was the only one on alpine gear (locked heels) this evening.
|My car stuck in my driveway as viewed from my garage. We had so much snow in the driveway that we were getting stuck repeatedly this month.
|The dry lot also had a lot of snow build up.
|The horses were fine with this setup though.
|I will not miss snow mucking.
|The barn on a typical evening.
|The piles just grew and grew...
|And sometimes the horses were turned outside with hay piles. Only if the wind wasn't nuts though.
|Apparently writing people's names in the snow is a thing? I dunno. My middle school pen pal from Sri Lanka and I still keep up and he asked me to do this.
|One of the more impressive drifts on our road.
|I was really impressed with it at least!
|The hangover was impressive.
|I'm a dork. What's new?
|Beautiful evening light on the last day the barn roof held snow.
|Griffin doing Griffin things all by himself out in the pasture.
|I'm now joining Willa et al. on their monthly river dips. I opted to start on the hardest month, naturally. I was proud of myself though! Walked in calmly, then dunked.
|And thus the dry lot thaw began...
Blister Swamp Ski-Venture
This was one of - if not the - coolest things I did this winter. I'm going to let the photos do the talking, but I'll include the caption from my previous social media posts about it here:
|John and Blister Swamp
|Apollo and Isaac
|Dave and Bruce
|Lots of climbing in order to have fun!
|Slow and steady.
|Scouting and catching up.
|Making plans on how to drop in.
|John making sure I'm ready
|And away he goes!
|What a deep stance!
|Emma taking a more conservative appoach.
|And Dave going for it.
|Dave grinning. Couldn't help but smile!
|Trying to find the best snow.
|John and Emma
|Climbing up for more.
|Now, a bit of a backstory in photos. To get into Blister Swamp we had two snow machines pull us and all of our stuff about 4 miles each way.
|The logistics of a trip are a bit boggling. Especially when it's last minute. Fortunately, John and John are great with such things.
|To be pulled in, make a loop and stick your ski poles through, then hold on!
|IT WAS SO MUCH FUN.
|Big smiles all around.
|Transitioning from public to private property.
|When you can't open the gate because it's 3.5 feet deep in snow, you take it off the hinges and leave it until spring.
|WV Highlands opening up.
|These photos still give me excited chills to look at.
|Being up in this region makes my heart so happy.
|A happy winter lover.
|Loved the outhouse with the clouds.
|Taking skins off to prepare for the descent.
|My skies and Blister Swamp in the background.
|Blister Swamp again. The peak furthest back is Spruce Knob, the highest point in WV at 4,863'
With the snow buildup, riding wasn't at the forefront of my mind this month. The deep snow coupled with some variable ice/rain events made snow travel pretty tough for the horses. They'd sink down, find the "end" of the depth only to sink down more (and sometimes even more). I made it out on horseback a whopping 5 times this month due to this.
|Dave and Will doing...I don't know.
|Will and Willa. These two have kept me laughing more than just about anyone this pandemic.
|Of course the butcher brings his own meat cutter with him.
|But you can't blame him when this is the outcome!
|Various cuts of pork that were raised, butchered, and cured by our friends here in Canaan.
|My first serving of birthday dinner. I had red sauce and meatballs for my second go. Kate also made the bread from scratch. And put an entire head of garlic and an entire stick of butter into this loaf to make garlic bread.
|This drift line was INTENSE.
|Austen and Doodle getting after it.
|There was just so. much. snow!
|5 of 6 huskies. I refuse to let Kenai out on these rides. Breaking through this snow was just too much.
|Up and up and up.
|Tired ponies and Jenny having a conversation with Spock.
|Austen getting after it with the snowshoes.
|And Jenny testing her gimpy knee on XC skis.
|Don't ask questions. It's easier that way.
|So many dogs.
|Very patient dogs.
|Into the wind...
|To claim a dramatic photo.
|How much effort does it take to get six huskies to look at the camera at once, you ask?
|A lot of effort. And a lot of luck. And a lot of yawns.
|A lot of yawns.
|Good enough lol
|Um yeah. This speaks volumes as to the amount of snow we had. Grif is 15hh
|VIEWS! (It had been a bit since we'd seen the view due to weather.)
|Stan is such a professional at posing here.
|Happy huskies and a happy Austen.
|Grateful to get to share this beautiful place with friends.