Simple Gifts

I believe I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world; the Snoqualmie Valley. I get to see amazing things everyday. It's time to celebrate that. (You can view pictures in larger format by clicking on them)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

It was a blizzard

OK, that seems a bit dramatic but I looked up the definition and it fit. "Officially, the National Weather Service defines a blizzard as a storm which contains large amounts of snow OR blowing snow, with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibilities of less than 1/4 mile for an extended period of time (at least 3 hours). Apparently our peak gust was 57 mph. I am very grateful for my warm house and the fact that the winds weren't higher and the power was only out briefly. When morning came and things had calmed somewhat I couldn't resist getting out and exploring.

My porch, yard, driveway and street

Along the river trail by my house. The wind was still blowing hard by the pond

This house has been vacant for months. The snow is right up against the house and no one is around to shovel

I wanted to catch a photo of what I'm calling "snow devils". This was as close as I got

I like this bench

Oops. I guess they went in the ditch about 3am. I know the guys and the ditch is in front of my friend's Roxi's house. Small neighborhood! Roxi and I had a nice visit while watching the efforts to rescue the mini van.

And Schmoo of course had a great time... mostly

I stepped quickly off the street, because it was a very bad spot with drifting snow and a truck was coming. It turns out I was stepping into a snow filled ditch. Schmoo followed. I fell and floundered a bit in the snow and Schmoo decided that he'd just wait for rescue. I don't think he was all that happy to find himself chest deep in snow. We'd had a long walk and were tired. Of course about 30 minutes after we got home he was ready to play again.