The days leading up to and proceeding Thanksgiving, we were under weather advisories, warning of a winter storm approaching that would potentially dump nearly a foot of fresh snow – unfortunately, only at elevations above 3500 feet and here we are, sitting a little under 1500ft.
Yes, I’m one of those people who enjoy and look forward to snow. I don’t mind if the modern world slows down or comes to a stop – I’m a homesteader. A prepper. My family and I will be fine… for a while, anyway. I love how snow covers the landscape like a glove, hiding the ugliness left behind after a glorious autumn.
I love snow, snow much!!
The morning after our Thanksgiving feast, I awoke to a dusting of snow on the hills surrounding our Homestead. It certainly wasn’t the foot of snow promised, but just the same, it was beautiful and I asked Mr. Misty if we could take a drive to see if there was enough to play in.
I should’ve known something was up when he told me to put on my insulated boots instead of my regular hiking boots.
We jump in the truck, but rather than heading toward the snow, Mr. Misty headed in the opposite direction. Wait!! He tells me he needs fuel. Hmm… Ok. We get to that turn-off and again, he turns in the opposite direction. What in the…?! He then sheepishly tells me the station we usually go to has been out of diesel for a week now, so we needed to check at the station in the next little town. It’s then that it dawned on me, that little town is the gateway to Mount Rainier – he was surprising me with a “real” snow day!!
He jumped and spun and ate his fill of snow before we headed back home a few hours later.
As we were leaving the snow park area, we spied this little guy – a Steller’s Jay. Did you know they are excellent mimics and can imitate other birds, squirrels, cats, dogs, and chickens? They are “resident” birds and don’t migrate very far, if at all. I didn’t know any of this until I sat down this evening to write and started researching as to why it hadn’t migrated south yet… It simply doesn’t.
A photo posted by instastarzzie (@instastarzzie) on Nov 25, 2016 at 9:39pm PST
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