A Record-Breaking December
Here in Lake Tahoe, within the Sierra Nevada mountains, we just made snow history. With 16 feet so far of snowfall, the Sierras saw a record-breaking December, which outdid the previous record set in 1970 of nearly 15 feet. This also got us in the top three snowiest winters of all time – the two other years include 1979 and 1982.
Oddly, I had this sense of a lot of snow based on what I was seeing out in Nature pre-winter, despite some other info that had been circulating previous to the recent storms.
I also get this feeling that it’s Nature’s way of helping to restore the lands after the severe fires and droughts we just went through. Although we’re not out of the drought, it sure is helping, and with continued snow and rain there’s hope of some relief.
Yep, Jack Frost sure has been up to a lot of mischief this winter, whistling a snowy tune of wondrous fun. Everything is unpredictable these days and seems to go the way you didn’t think it would. All of it to me pointing to the way through anything is within.
As I mentioned in a previous post, our window for travels couldn’t have been more divinely aligned, as we left just hours before a big storm hit and we returned just hours before the latest one blew our way. So many flights have been cancelled everywhere for other reasons, but this has included flights in and out of Reno-Tahoe International Airport here due to the storms. Highways have also been closed in and out with many an accident and pileups that have hit headlines.
Here at home, we’ve been hunkered down, retreating into our cozy little bear cave since returning.
I haven’t left the house in the car since the day after we got back home and only did so that day just so I could get us groceries. Tomorrow there’s supposed to be a break, so we’re going to try to get out to do some errands since I haven’t been able to send packages or mail, or pick up any.
However, with the National Forest behind our house, we’ve been able to enjoy daily snow shoeing while still staying cozy and safe inside. The ski resort just minutes from our house has also been closed because of the storms for the most part, even during one of the busiest times of the year, so yeah it’s quite the winter!
The storms have brought so much snow that our entire side yard is filled nearly to fence level, as you can see in the above photo, and you can’t tell the difference between the level of the snow in the forest and on our back deck. You can see what I mean in these two photos where Dave went first to walk along the top of the snow on the deck so we could get to our side steps to the bottom level to shovel.
This has made snow shoveling a must and so the last two days Dave and I have been outside getting our exercise on both with upper body workouts and then later with lower body ones, as we have to forge paths in the snow that at times hit me hip high.
We spent two hours yesterday redoing paths we made the day before because of an added two feet that filled them again. We also had to clear areas we hadn’t yet (like the full front porch above), which were 3-4 feet high.
Good timing on receiving these sparkly, rainbow starlit Cosmic Wellies from Desiree over our Solstice celebration! Thank you!!
It’s been important staying on top of creating a two foot perimeter walkway around the house because the snow levels have been rising and pushing against the windows, sliding glass doors, and house.
We’ve also made a larger clearing where the jacuzzi is so that we can enjoy it during snowy fun.
You can see Dave at the end of the path we had to reshovel, with snow up to his shoulders where it continues accumulating.
Our house now resembles an igloo-effect with snow encasing it as the walls to our little path we made. If it continues, we may not be able to see the forest through our back windows anymore!
You can also see my own yellow igloo effect going on too hehe!
I know most people would say, snow is beautiful, but they want nothing to do with shoveling. I can honestly say that I have so much fun with it! That’s not to say it isn’t hard work, but there’s a sense of accomplishment and joy of being in the snow that makes it worth the while. Just as much as I love winter wonderlands, shoveling snow is also part of that experience that was not what I grew up with, but held as this fun part of what the snow adventure is all about. I discovered that this wasn’t just an idea or fantasy, but truly is something I enjoy!
And I am extra grateful for the natural exercise that it provides without ever having to go to the gym. All of the outdoor activities I engage are the kind of active lifestyle I love that add to the ingredients for well being.
It’s been fun to see more cross country skiers in the forest than we’ve likely seen in all the time we’ve lived here, but for the most part Dave and I have found ourselves all alone in the snowy landscape out back.
It’s a lot of work to push through the snow, even with snow shoes on, when it’s this deep. After a while, even Dave who runs colder than me has to remove layers!
But as you can see, we make it fun! And took turns forging the path when the other was worn out.
Astrid enjoys the snowy landscape too. You’ll find her binkying and zooming all about in the mornings, as well as checking out the snow through the glass doors.
She’s a true snow bunny at heart, just like me.
It comes down to perspective for me. And yes, everything is a personally relative experience that we each have according to our energetic make-up and conditioning. Yet, I can’t help but always find something of value out of things that may seem bleak to others.
And that’s the place I want to stay.
In a world of wonder and peace, where ever and what ever I find myself in.
Even with shovel in hand and a whole yard of snow to clear.