Monday, March 11, 2013

Winter Makes up for Lost Time

Winter finally arrived and we got 100 inches of snow in three weeks.

All that snow insulated our roof very well and allowed the lowest layers to melt and form icicles.

Marja's ski trail.

Snow on the window after a storm.


Snow troopers.

After the storm.

All this fell in about 4 hours.  MTU shut down at noon and I drove home in a whiteout.  That afternoon I spent several hours blowing snow from our driveway and my dad's driveway with my tractor.  Along grandpa's driveway the steep bars at the ends of the snowblower were occasionally submarining under the snowdrifts, which were four feet deep in many places.  Fortunately the storm letup by evening.  The following morning I flew to Kansas City for our annual bookstore trade show, and guess what, the next day we had a record-setting snowstorm down there!  Judging from their snow removal efforts, one would have to surmise that they aren't used to dealing with snow like we are in the Copper Country.

David took Deanna for an evening hike up Wheelkate Bluff, built a fire and gave her an engagement ring.  Afterward they watched the winter carnival fireworks over Houghton.  Welcome to the family, Deanna!
Shovelling out the south side of the greenhouse.

Mik, number 71, took 8th place in the 50k skate at the Great Bear Chase ski marathon.

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