We had been hearing that we could get between 8"- and 12" of snow throughout the day on Monday, and we did end up getting a good amount -- an additional 4" or so of powder -- added to the roughly 6"of iced-over base from the week before Christmas). But here's the thing that we didn't figure into our excitement: the COLD! I mean BRRRR! The thermometer read about 14 degrees, but the wind was blowing a gale, at least it was at the top of "Ice Cap Mountain" (there was almost no wind down at the house as we are protected by the big hill and trees behind us, thankfully!). But the windchill up top of the sledding hill had to be -5! Ohmygosh! It took your breath away!
But do you think that would stop us? Goodness, no! Here are some pictures of the day. (All I could manage before my fingers froze, anyway!)
|The trek through the woods behind the house, on the way to the sledding hills.|
|That's Anna there, who was right in front of Dan and me on the upward slog.|
But, who's that coming down the hill on the green sled?
|Still can't quite tell. He was coming really fast!|
|And before we could really react, we realized that he was coming, indeed! --|
directly at US!
|And missed hitting us by about 2' maybe! The stinker! You know he did|
that on purpose!
|And who was it? Dominic, of course! "Nanook of the North!"|
|There he goes, back up the hill, with us following. (Huffing and puffing by this time,|
and the wind is starting to hit us, full force, now that we're out of the cover of the
|Here we found William (pink hat) and Gabriel (red hat) already at the top,|
having already sledded down a couple times.
|The wind is blowing right through Theresa's hat. But Anna's hat (a gift from|
Paul, her KK),is doing a great job for her ears!
|Here's the sledding gang, December 28th, 2015 (l-r): William, Dominic,Cathy,|
Theresa, Gabriel, Anna, Dan -- and me, behind the camera)
|Gabe is already worn out. No kidding, the wind and tramping up and down|
the hill takes it out of ya!
|Cathy. Squinting in the wind.|
|Me. Can't we take this picture with my back to the wind?|
|Me with Dan. :) He didn't do a very good job of keeping me warm out there,|
though I told him that was probably in the contract somewhere.
|Anna. Pink cheeks!|
|Theresa. Pink cheeks!|
|After a couple hours, everyone's getting tired and cold.|
|Dan's ready to call it a day. He and I headed down to the house first and put|
on a big pot of hot chocolate.
And they all came trooping in a little while later:
|Anna. "Where's the Cocoa?"|
|Cathy. Looking very Nordic.|
|Gabe. His teeth still chattering.|