Tuesday, February 24, 2009

How we roll, eh

I found this gem at Valley Spur Ski Trails in the Hiawatha National Forest, just down the road from our homestead. It's a Chevy Blazer outfitted with tracks and used to pull cross-country ski trail grooming equipment. I love it. I wish I had two, so I could make them fight. It would be like our own little neighborhood Transformers episode.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Inching toward Spring

What an amazing, beautiful...and bountiful winter. I've shoveled the snowbanks twice so far this season so we could see out the front windows. I also shoveled the roof once, and that time was able to climb up a snowbank to get on the roof. This weekend we received over three feet of snow, and I spent around 4.5 hours removing that snow. Ah, the good life. Here's a note from our local weather service office:

“…over 200 inches of snow has now fallen for this winter season at the NWS office located in Negaunee township. The average snowfall we can typically expect to have received through this date is 126.2 inches. While it is not uncommon for our office to receive over 200 inches of snow, it is uncommon to receive that much snow by this date. In fact, this marks only the third time at least 200 inches of snow has been recorded by the NWS through February 22nd."