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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Greetings to everyone in the north, south, east and west... We are so pleased to report that Cascade Bluff has received a wonderful gift -- real snow! While we didn't actually get the whopping 14 to 16 inches that fell on the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas in this week's winter storm, ours is more likely to stay put since our temps remain well below freezing. 

We arrived at The Bluff on Saturday Dec 8 to the disappointing sight that most of the snow we'd received around Thanksgiving was gone. The Northland had actually received rain on top of melting temps, resulting in roads that are, now that the temps fell again, pretty darn icy. 
But the colors were lovely that first evening, looking out over The Big Lady Lake....

...with the final light glancing off the water and showing off our long distance view of the Wisconsin and Michigan shores...
 Sunday dawned dull and dreary... and where did all our snow go?
Then... it started. Little itty bitty snowballs bouncing off everything, making little pinging sounds... 
We had to clear off our solar panels a bunch of times and it still kept coming...
 ...gently, steadily...
though snowfall can be amazingly noisy in the woods...

Here is our snug abode at the height of the snowfall...

Meanwhile, indoors, Her Highness made herself completely comfortable. Interestingly, Our Princess has not been lobbying to go out for walks... I guess she must have finally figured it out. BTW we tried extra small dog booties... those lasted less than thirty seconds...
 Rosie wasn't the only one seeking comfort... Here is the view from inside the hot tub, all nice and steamy, with snow falling on our heads and our eyebrows freezing (no photos of that...) Ahhhh....!

Before we left Cascade Bluff in November, we refilled our roadside sand barrels and partially covering the opening with jaunty little caps. Here's one by big enormous hill, snowed in but no snow got inside to get that sand wet... yes!

Well, we needed to get to town, regardless of weather. Our fabulous road guy Casey had braved the ice and hills and plowed our road on Monday, so by Tuesday AM, despite more snow, we took a chance and headed out in the big red Ford pickup, Dimples...
Here's a view through Dimples windshield looking down our oh MY! hill...
 I popped out of the passenger door to take this shot... a pristine road, heading downhill at an 18% slope... yikes...
 The road gets narrow when it crosses through USFS land...
 After a successful trip to town to do a bit of restocking and some bank business, we headed back, and retraced our tracks... in gorgeous sunshine!
In the sunlight those narrow places don't seem quite as daunting...
I stopped to capture this image of snow on the balsam fir trees, a beautiful basket weave pattern...
A very slight wind was all it took to create this magic... diamond dust in the sunlight...
Just one glorious bank of Christmas trees after another...


Aspens glowing pink-gold in the late afternoon sun...

...and the stately tall balsam fir by our house looked just fabulous with "natural backlighting"....
And one last shot... Currier and Ives comes to mind! 

We'll be blogging again soon, as the holidays approach, and a certain birthday happens (Psst--- tomorrow, Dec 13th, Val turns 58!!)

2 comments:

  1. Love the snow! We haven't a bit of anything cold here yet. My outside flowers are normally dead by this time of year but have decided to re-bloom. Enjoyed looking at your anniversary site. We just celebrated 20 ourselves and took a trip to the North Carolina coast before the hurricane hit. It was fun! Keep the pics coming!

    MAFW
    G & L

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  2. WOW! It's magnificent. I love it, and it's such a special place to go and just enjoy peace and quiet!

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