“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Friday, February 27, 2015

Made it out as far as the mail box.


The dogs and I set off down the trail today, to go the mail box.  It was warm, and we thought some of the snow might have melted off, but it hadn't.


The pine trees are all covered with wet snow, and the limbs bend down into the trail. Plenty of them had broken off and I threw them off to the side as we went. Fortunately, not a single big tree fell across the way down.


This is a foot path that branches off my Jeep trail and goes towards the water fall.  I don't think anyone will be traipsing down that for a bit.




To the left here is a steep canyon, with a big stream in the bottom of it. In summer, the dogs go down there , where there are deep, slow flowing pools, and they swim.  In winter they tend to be less willing to make the trip down.



Although you probably can't tell it from the photo, this is a steep uphill slope on the way out, it's part of the old forest service road.  Someone had been down it recently in a Wrangler, and I envied them. When I had mine, I used to go out and drive all over the woods after a snow.



The stone pillar with my guard gargoyle.  The snow just about buries him on top of it sometimes, but he just got a bit between his wings this go around. This is where my trail up the mountain runs into the old forest service road.  The steel gate keeps me from getting tourists and sightseers on the mountain top.


Belle found out this was snow that was frozen hard.  I thought I was going to have to pull her up onto the road but she scrabbled up on her own in the end.


At the top of this hill starts a really steep slope down, which ends at the hard surface county road. I once tried to come down it when it was covered in ice.  Couldn't stop, and at the bottom of the slope some old guy was driving his tractor around in circles, having a great time. I  locked on the horn and just before I crashed into him he saw me and skittered out of the way.  This was one of the times I proved that four wheel drive does not mean you can drive on ice.


Looking down the slope. You can't tell it but it is really steep. Even walking up and down it when it's slick is tough.  The dogs have no problem but it gets chancy for me, especially as a fall is harder to get over than it was when I was younger. You don't bounce very well on ice or frozen snow.

Nice day though. Didn't get anything done but I really didn't need to.


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  1. You say you didn't get anything done, but I think your trek through the snow was enough! Sure is pretty there with the snow.

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    1. It IS really beautiful up here after a snow. Quiet, too, since the snow muffles sound. This morning it still hasn't melted any (it's Saturday now) and the temp at 10:30 is below freezing. I doubt I will be going anywhere for awhile.

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  2. Get some "crampons" I think they're called, or make your own. Then get ski poles with metal spikes on the bottom. That should make you a lot less likely to slip and fall.

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    1. A friend of mine in the Oregon High Desert sent me an email about crampons and how to make them, and some other people have mentioned them as you have. I can probably buy some from Sportsmans Guide. In the past, winter didn't seem so harsh, and I didn't bother , thinking the few times I would need them would not justify the expense. But the article about the Manatee in Florida confirmed for me that winter really is getting longer and colder, with more snow, and it isn't just my memory failing. So now I am looking at some more emphasis on cold weather living , and the crampons are part of a wide range of procedures and equipment I'm going over. I guess you have to adapt as things change.

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    2. Do be careful with crampons. The real mountain climbing sort are brutal on your ankles. I have used them for winter mountain climbing and in my experience they raise hell with my ankles. The reason being that in normal movement the sole of your shoe does a fair bit of slipping and sliding to compensate for body motion. With the crampons once you plant your feet they are locked in regards to the ground and all the twisting is then transferred to your ankles and they are asked to torque in ways that are not always favorable. Around here we have slip-on boot cleats that are a bit more forgiving.
      http://www.shoechain.com/
      and
      http://www.dhgate.com/product/ice-shoe-snow-grips-anti-slip-ice-cleats/124856789.html

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    3. Harry: What you really need is a set of these ;-)
      http://youtu.be/XwpKjEa4LYY

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  3. Looks like the dogs were having fun. The photos do give us a better idea of what your driveway is like. It is hard to visualize it just from words. Covered in snow with the bright skies it looks quite lovely actually. We have had weeks on end of gray weather without a sight of the sun. But If it does not snow tomorrow that will make it the first three days in a row in about five weeks we don't get hit with a snow storm.

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    1. The dogs always want to go for walks. I think their favorite thing is to go to the waterfall in the summer, because the rock at the foot of the falls has been carved out into dog sized pools of different depths. They can choose the temperature of the water by choosing different pools heated by the sun. Also, the walk down there is all through the dense forest, and they like that. There's a big meadow that I take them to when it snows,where they can run as much as they want. I made it to the mailboxes yesterday, but the meadow was a ways on and I was winded, so we went back home. They were disappointed.

      I know it has been glacial up there, and I hope you get some sunshine soon. With the sun out, it doesn't seem as cold and bleak as it does with grey snow clouds glowering down on you.

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  4. A pretty walk anyhow. I love your gargoyle!

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    1. I got that gargoyle many, many years ago. I have always been surprised that some tourist plowing along on the forest service road has not stolen him, since he's just sitting there, not attached in any way to the pillar.

      It's a nice walk, and if it isn't too cold and there's no wind blowing, I like walking in the snow.

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  5. It does look pretty. With you not feeling so hot be careful in that snow.

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    1. I tried not to overdo it. I stopped several times on the way back and sat on a log for a break, although every time I did the dogs came and jumped on me and tried to yaffle me with dog kisses. They are pretty big and when they get excited they can bowl you right over.

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  6. Thank you for taking us on such a pretty walk Harry.

    While you are cold, we are hot! Amazing when you think about it. My daughter left Australia on Wednesday for the UK. She left here in the scorching heat and arrived to snow and cold!

    xTania

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    1. That's a long journey for your daughter, Tania. She isn't going there to live is she?

      I know our seasons are reversed, so I am continually envious of the Australians. When I am cold here, I envy them being warm and going to the beach. And when it's hot here, I wish I was there where it's cooler. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

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    2. My daughter is only away for four weeks holiday. Australia is too good to live anywhere else lol. She is looking around the UK for a couple of weeks, then flies to France to look at the ANZAC tourist things over there. She has been tracing our family history so this will be very interesting for her :)

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    3. That's a great experience. I always liked France. My wife speaks French so I suspect we got treated with more consideration than the average foreigner. I never ran into any of the mean or rude treatment some folks have.

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  7. Reminds me of when we used to haul all our gear to the hunting camp on taboggans. Good thing you didn't have any monster trees drop across the road.

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    1. The tree thing is a constant dread. When my son was here, it wasn't so bad but now it's just me. I much preferred using a cross cut saw to using the chain saw, but without Glenn to help me I am relegated to the chain saw. And then, after the tree is all cut up, you still have to lever it off the road and down into the gully. I got lucky this time. Picking up broken limbs and branches, and throwing them off the trail is not fun but it isn't as hard as a big tree right across it.

      I wish I had a tobaggan these days. All I have is a decent metal and wood sled, and a cheap plastic one.

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  8. Harry,

    It's good to hear you're out and about investigating your property and checking the mail, this must mean you're feeling better. Glad to hear you didn't have trees fall down across your driveway. Have you chains to put on your vehicle for driving with this snow and ice? It's snowing here, and the ice is building. Not enough for us to put the chains on but we have them ready if it gets worse. I've also been wearing my YakTrax to prevent myself from falling on the ice. I love using these things every winter.
    Stay warm and safe, hugs to you and your Sweet Wife.
    Sandy

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    1. Sandy, I thought I saw you were getting more bad weather in your part of the country. The storm has a funny name, is it "Sparta" ?

      I have chains, but it's a strange situation. Right now, the roads down on the lower elevations are clear. So if I put on the chains, I would only use them to get to the paved road, then have to take them off. I do have chains though.

      I'm going to get something along the lines of YakTrax. I never figured it was really worth it before because the amount of snow we got wasn't so much, but with the weather changing now like it has been I need to give a lot more thought to cold weather living up here.

      I'm feeling a lot better and I think I am about over the bug.

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  9. You did get something done. You got yourself and the dogs some exercise - and for you that was doubly important after your recent illness - fresh air in the bloodstream and thus flowing through the body. Glad you were feeling well enough to make the trip and that it went well :)

    Thanks for the snow pics - again :)

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    1. Dani,
      I was desperate to get out for awhile. It wasn't very cold and I felt better after being outdoors when it wasn't freezing. But, alas, today I got up and it's cloudy and overcast, below freezing and nothing at all is melting!

      Glad you liked the snow pictures. It really is beautiful up here in winter, if only it wasn't so cold and hard to keep everything going.

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  10. Harry, Your little piece of heaven looks beautiful!

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    1. It's usually a peaceful place. There are some nice views from the mountain top, especially this time of year when the air is not full of moisture.

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  11. One day, I'll drive across the country and have tea with you and enjoy your long driveway and forest! I'm glad you and the pups got out and adventured!
    I'll post tomorrow on our weekend adventure at the cabin. The snow is blowing in right now but we have everything shoveled out and ready to go for another round!

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    1. I see more snow is coming your way. You've got some nice long range views out where you are at. Our mountains don't compare with yours in terms of elevation, I'm afraid. If you are back this way I'd be glad to show you around.

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  12. Harry, thanks for the photos of your winter wonderland.

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    1. Or frozen wasteland, as the case may be!

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