When I took a walk in the yard a few weeks ago, I discovered something unusual had formed on the ice. What were they, and how were they caused?
A Backcountry Ski and Hut Adventure in Breckenridge, Colorado
I planned to try AT-skis (all-terrain) and backcountry ski to Francie's Cabin, four miles from Breckenridge, Colorado. It's one of the 10th Mountain Division huts. It would be a winter backpacking adventure in a snowstorm! Then I broke my big toe. I didn't break it by heli-skiing, polar plunging, or backpacking in the wilderness. Nope.... Continue Reading →
An Unexpected Visit from Wild and Wonderful Old Man Winter
We drove up to Breckenridge last weekend, expecting wonderful weather and golden-hued fall color. I couldn't believe it when the snow began to fly as we approached the Eisenhower Tunnel. I had wondered when Old Man Winter would pay us a visit, but I figured he might wait until the middle of October. Only a... Continue Reading →
Transition – A Photo Essay
Seasonal transition in Colorado often means snow, one of my favorite things. What's your favorite? This is a response to The Weekly Photo Challenge - Transition.
How to Survive the Polar Vortex
In case you haven't heard, half the US is in a cyclonic weather pattern. It seems the center of the Polar Ice Cap has relocated somewhere between Madison, Wisconsin and Cleveland. The Polar Vortex is threatening to stick around and continue to break low temperature records all over the world. It spawned Winter Storm Leon... Continue Reading →
An Unnamed Threat No More!
Snowstorms usually squat on a few states before evaporating in the glint of winter sunshine. As if on snowy steroids, these frosty freaks have grown exponentially in recent years. While plodding along and dumping tons of snow, they have buried the country, transforming highways into hockey rinks and cars into pucks. White-out blizzards and sub-zero... Continue Reading →
January Thaw – Friday Photos
It warmed up this week and temperatures rose from 9 degrees into the high 40's. The ice on the pond has thinned. Maybe I shouldn't be out here taking pictures. ***CRACK*** It is safer near the shore, but the good shots are out on the ice. I opened the doors and ate lunch outside on... Continue Reading →
A Leap of Faith – 100 Word Flash Fiction
“Follow me,” said Tucker. Kristie held the heavy backpack close to her cold body as a shield against the biting wind. The wet snowflakes nipped at her face leaving it raw. She tried to keep up while trudging through the deep snow. Her legs quivered with exertion. Am I ready for this? Kristie followed him... Continue Reading →
Defying Temptation – 100 Word Flash Fiction
Jason veered off the narrow path through the frozen forest while calculating the many risks involved. Fresh air cleared his aching head. “I can do it.” The snow stung his cold cheeks as he struggled to keep himself upright. Beetle ravaged Lodgepole pine branches tore at his sleeves, but he forced his way through. Darkness... Continue Reading →
Winter Driving Tips from a Wild Rider!
I love winter driving, especially in snowstorms! The snow makes beautiful patterns as it streaks across the windshield and the challenge of keeping the car on the road gets my adrenaline pumping similar to skiing down a mountain. I learned to drive during long snowy Wisconsin winters. This was back in the day when the... Continue Reading →