Snowed In

When I was a kid, I remember having so much snow in the winter that we could build snow caves by tunneling into the side of a drift--and we would sometimes be able to fit me, my brother, and my mom in there, although it would be pretty squishy. As I got older, the drifts just never seemed big enough for this kind of winter play, so I thought that it must have only seemed like there was a lot of snow because I was a lot shorter then.

Well, now I realize that it really is possible to have that much snow.

I think we have had maybe four days in the last month where it hasn't snowed. Only now, in this north country, we don't get the nice chinooks that melt off the white stuff between drops. Everyone up here keeps telling us that this is actually an unprecedented amount of snow for this area. Aren't we lucky.

It would be nice if the weather would stop trying to set records and just STOP IT already!

This is the nice little slide set that Vicki gave us. To give you an idea of scale, I have included a summer-time picture with people in it. Our friend with the hose there is six feet four inches tall.

The second photo was taken this morning. Except for the top few inches, all the snow around this thing has been packed down hard by our dog.

Yep, we've got snow. It's been confirmed. There's a lot of it.