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Snow Day!

By noon on Tuesday, it became clear that we were going to get hit with a good amount of snow on Wednesday. Susan managed to rearrange her schedule so she could do her conference calls from home and we’d have a nice snow day around Newburyport. We were hoping that we’d get enough powdery white stuff to have a good snowshoe adventure at Maudslay as well.

We went to bed shortly after midnight and it had not started snowing yet. I woke up around 3am to the sound of snowplows warming up outside our bedroom window. Since we live on a US highway access road we are both blessed and cursed by snowplows. Looking at the window I saw a lot of wind and an inch or two of snow down.

By 7am when I got out of bed we were up to 8″ and by the time I got outside to shovel at 8:30 we were up to 12″ on the front walk and back yard.

First shoveling

First shoveling


Back yard

Back yard


About 11:30 Susan was done with her morning calls and the snow was still coming down hard. We decided it would be too difficult to dig the car out to get to the state park so we decided to strap on the snowshoes and walk around town instead. We took a walk down to Bartlett Mall, walked around the pond, back up High St. to the bike path, and back home. When we got home I shoveled one more time while Susan made me cocoa. 12:30pm as I write this and we’re over 16″ with 30″ drifts in the back yard. My best guess is one more shoveling in a few hours and I’ll be done until morning.
Willow tree at Bartlett Mall

Willow tree at Bartlett Mall


Beej with pond, fountain, and courthouse in background

Beej with pond, fountain, and courthouse in background


Valley Forge? No, just the flag and monument on Bartlett Mall

Valley Forge? No, just the flag and monument on Bartlett Mall


Rhododendron and row of trees

Rhododendron and row of trees


Snow ninja! Wrong color, honey...

Snow ninja! Wrong color, honey...


Who shrunk this street sign?

Who shrunk this street sign?


Along the bike path

Along the bike path


Choo choo!

Choo choo!


Home again

Home again


mmmmm cocoa

mmmmm cocoa

Comments

Comment from Santina
Time: January 12, 2011, 2:54 pm

Brrrrr….. fun……. yum….

Comment from Wayne
Time: January 12, 2011, 11:17 pm

Love the pic of the willow!

I will say that I like the snow, just not all the crap that comes along with it, like shoveling.

Comment from Corinne
Time: February 4, 2011, 1:54 pm

The willow picture is amazing. We are so jealous of your snow. Our winter petered out at the beginning of January. So disappointing. Our snowshoes and skis are getting lonely.

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