Winter Storm #1

IMG_3434Okay, Fog-In-August watchers, we have had our first Nor-Easter.  Wham.  This came after the shot-over-the-bow of 21F, 19F, and 15F mornings a week ago.  Then we were lulled into 70F and 60F days Monday and Tuesday.  The moist air blew up the coast, pulling down 31F snow from the Great Lakes.

Thanksgiving is coming.  We were off to BWI to pick up Linda’s mother for the holiday.  Through the woods… Over the hill… Out for a walk in the snow?  Well, actually, we made the drive home with only some snowy road delays for the first 2 hours and 55 minutes.

IMG_3428Turning on our lane-and-a-half road for the last 2 miles of state roads, we knew that we would be without plowing this early in the storm.  Other vehicles had driven the road, leaving  tracks and a hump in the middle.  Our Subaru is usually good for up to 8″ of snow. The hump in the middle of the road gave the under-carriage of the car a good cleaning.

When we turned on our dirt road for the last mile, I wondered how well we would float over the accumulation.  Someone had driven in and out.  On the first turn the back-end of the car began to slide to the downhill side of the curve.  Fortunately, there is what we call the “parking space” right before the gate.  With some fish-tailing, I got us parked.  We stepped out into 10″ to 12″ of wet snow.

IMG_3433Collecting the essentials, we trekked the mile up the road.  We followed the tire tracks which brought us to one of the other homeowners, who had gotten out, but could not get up his driveway.  The tracks narrowed, but continued up to another homeowner, who said that the started out to work this morning, but then came back because of the number of vehicles off the road.  For the last 2/10 of a mile we cut our own path.  The 12″ was above mid-calf by now, then to the base of our knees.

IMG_3441Heating up soup and filling the wood stoves was our first task upon arriving home (after greeting the dogs).  I then took the snow-blower out to the woodpile, goat barn, garage and tractor.  Linda took care of the animals, and brought in some Christmas CD’s, as the winter-wonderland was suitable to start the Christmas season.  We had plans to take Thanksgiving dinner to a friend tomorrow.  But, we shall postpone this until Friday, after we dig out tomorrow.

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Yes, that rule reads 19″ of snow in our driveway. Welcome to Winter!



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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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8 Responses to Winter Storm #1

  1. Barneysday says:

    Like I said, we’ll take all you can spare. A friend in Mass. also wrote they are being buried in a storm and doubt they’re going to make their holiday pilgrimage to family. Out here, even in the mountains, such a clear sky and warm temperature that we have to watch out for sunburns. Hope you will all have a wonderful holiday, nonetheless.

  2. cindy knoke says:

    It looks so beautiful! Stay warm and safe~

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Actually, plowing when it is 31F gets hot. Much better than last winter when I was plowing at 15F. We’ll see how the next few months go. The woodstoves are toasty otherwise.

  3. Mother Suzanna says:

    Should have read my e-mails “top to bottom” instead of “bottom up”. Loved the photos of your walk up to the cabin! Beautiful! Stay warm!

  4. The Vicar says:

    Hmmm, so you don’t work on Thanksgiving for once and then you end up plowing the association roads on Thanksgiving day. Sounds like a mountain holiday. I hope the meal tasted extra good, and the company was to your liking on Friday

    • hermitsdoor says:

      While Thanksgiving day seemed a bit of a disappointment, as it turned out our friend was available on Friday, as well as a couple of other friends, whom we would not have been able to share dinner with otherwise. Some flexibility provided additional gratitude.

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