Archive for February, 2012

wind…snow…no wind…lots of wind…drifts…and digging

Wednesday morning

Ah…the perils of mountain living.  A couple of weeks ago we got 3 1/2 feet of snow after weeks of nasty wind.  We had a minor break from the wind but then Whamo..60 to 80 mph all night Tuesday.  I spent 5 hours over three stretches getting the drive cleared.  Then Tuesday night we parked about half way down the drive as more wind was forecast.  Wednesday morning the “parking spots” were very drifted.  Where Tori normally parks it was about 3 1/2 feet deep and so windblown you could walk on it. Today after last nights 6″ or so…when I got back up the hill…I pulled out the blower to take care of some of the fresh.  But then got out the garden shovel to start working my way through the heavy drifts.

The process goes a bit like this….Chisel down some chunks with the garden shovel….then scoop and toss with the snow shovel…repeat about 868 times.  After about 2 1/2 hours, I have a 3 to 4 foot wide path out to where we can park…it will be many more days before I can get the parking spots cleared.

Looking out my office window

That pile of chunks on top of the 3 foot high drift is normally where Tori parks…lets just say we may be juggling cars these next few days / weeks.


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