We spent Saturday morning starting to dig our way out, but with no plows coming down our street, we could only get so far. After clearing a path to the road and digging out one car, we spent the rest of the day lazing around indoors and enjoying our newly snow-covered surroundings.
Today, we picked up right where we left off: Snowed in, but working on getting out. Hello, car, we knew you were under that mountain of snow somewhere!
Our neighbor was nice enough to push a lot of the snow around with his truck, but our street still just sort of came to an end in a wall of snow after a few houses -- no one's getting out that way!
Yeah, this is a lot more snow than we're used to getting, especially all at once. I posted a picture of the bird feeder in our front yard the other day, at the beginning of the storm, and here's that feeder again today for comparison:
The birds have been making good use of the feeder, and this Song Sparrow stopped by (to say "thank you"?) while we were shoveling:
After a good stretch of work, we managed to free my car, and then, happily, a huge plow came barreling down the street. Freedom! :D
There was exactly one thing I wanted to do today, and with the route from our house now cleared, I took my chance. I bundled up, grabbed my brand new snowshoes (a Christmas gift I haven't been able to use yet for lack of snow), and headed off for the woods.
And I have to say, I totally and completely lucked out, because I actually achieved my goal. The road situation around here is very bad right now: most roads have only one lane plowed, if that. (A lot of people are still snowed in.) I had no hope, really, of actually finding a park entrance cleared, but I felt like I had to try -- with threats of rain and 40 degree temperatures for tomorrow, this was my only chance to get to walk in the fresh snow. So I drove to Naugatuck State Forest, and as I expected, the entrance and parking area was buried under deep snow. But miraculously, a plow had cleared off a small section of the shoulder a few yards away from the entrance, making a spot big enough for exactly one car. So I parked there, got suited up, and headed off into the woods, where it was just me, the snow, trees, and birds. In short, it was perfect.
|Some very snowy woods|
|A snow-covered lake|
|Wind-blown waves in the snow's surface|
Wow, you are one strange looking bird up close! (Also, extremely cool.) Hey, are you smiling?
A White-breasted Nuthatch also came close while I was walking, and I got to admire this very handsome creature from above:
And from below!
I know, this is a very strange angle for a picture, but you have to admit, that's an extraordinarily pretty pattern under the nuthatch's tail:
I didn't see any animal tracks at all during my visit, which surprised me a little. It felt pretty amazing, though, to be the first one to walk through this snow:
In the end, I spent a good hour and a half tromping around, and while I didn't actually go very far, I was pretty exhausted by the end! I love my snowshoes because they let me experience places like this, but between snowshoeing and all that shoveling, I anticipate that I'll be pretty darn sore tomorrow!
But really, it was worth it. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. :)