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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Frosty February

Greetings again from Cascade Bluff! We are actually at this moment back in The Big City for a time, though are crazy enough to be itching to head north again very soon. And given that another "polar vortex" is parked over northeastern Minnesota, we are kinda crazy indeed. But then again, with cold and snow and winter... comes a sort of beauty seen no where else. 

All the photos in this evening's post were taken on one gloriously beautiful day, February 18th, 2014. That was the day before our last journey ended. Yours truly saw some sparkling goin' on and stumbled outside without her boots to snap a bunch of pix. First, a look at our "front door" and house number, 556... that wall of white is getting higher and higher... and look at the size of that mound of snow on our entry roof! Yikes! 


I headed out toward the sauna, 'cause it looked so cute...
Hanging on the sauna eaves is the sign pointing to our ridge trail... now under 4 or so feet of snow... but I was intrigued by the icicle...
Frosted ice... now that's gotta be a wintry place! 
I wandered a bit farther into "the compound"... looking back on my own footprints from the snowfall of the 17th...
I don't think anybody is at home right now... Can't wait to see and hear the birds returning, though! Wonder if we'll have a nesting family or two in our deluxe birdhouse, courtesy of Michele and Dawn? Stay tuned...

As you know if you've been reading this blog, Feb 17th was not the only snowstorm we've had ... not by a long shot. Casey, our heroic snow plow guy (we call him "Blade Runner") wasn't sure he was going to be able to plow up our hill... yes, your eyes haven't watered over, I wrote "plow up our hill".... Those who've been here in person might wonder how he EVER plows UP that hill, but he does, numerous times per winter. But with so many new inches on top of recent new inches he wasn't sure, so he left an insurance policy for us...

The night before the most recent big storm he and a friend drove TWO plow trucks up to our property, one to plow and the other to leave "in case"... meaning, that if he couldn't get up our hill he would walk up (that's why he's our hero) and plow DOWN. 

Casey calls this "little" truck his "lawn ornament"...
Pretty darn sturdy lawn ornament...
A more panoramic view back at the compound...
Wow, those banks of snow are HUGE

But as long as the sun is shining, we are movin' electrons!! 

But all of that was just "throat-clearing" as famous prolific novelist Joyce Carol Oates supposedly said about her first drafts. Let's get to the goodies now!

The 18th started as a silvery hazy morning...

...thick frost on every branch, twig and needle...
...blue began to peek through, making the white even more dramatic...

Looking back toward Lake Superior, the frosty haze lingered...
Tress made of mist...
 
Fragile etchings...
Eye popping blue...

Aren't aspens lovely? In every season?
Our Tibetan prayer flags are still valiantly attempting to flap in the wind... but the snow is encroaching upward slowly... inch by inch... Half of this strand is already buried...
Early in the morning...

...and just a few hours later... what a magnificent blue!
I just can't get enough of that blue...
Did you see my last post, the bit about the fire pit? Well...
...it's going back into hiding again! We'll have to get Bill to come out from Sacramento and dig the cave out for us again! 
That's not all that's going into hibernation... the hot tub is disappearing...
...and we've given up trying to keep the "Summer Entrance" open...

I'm thinking maybe July, the snow will have melted enough to allow us to lounge on our new timber frame benches... 
They call this a Snorkel Tub... who knew you could snorkel under a couple of feet of snow?
Cascade Mountain peeking out through the frost and morning haze...

The sweetest little outhouse ever, lookin' kinda lonely... sorry, Outhouse, maybe next summer I'll come looking for that Farmer's Almanac...
Ahh.... bliss...




Beautiful...
One last photo... nothing more to say... until next time! 

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