Wednesday, December 24, 2008
This is the most beautiful Christmas one could dream or hope for. Our Quadrafire wood stove is keeping our chalet in the woods warm and cozy. I went out earlier and split some wood that our new neighbors and now great friends gave us earlier in the year when they cleared their property for a home. Although we are in the midst of preparation for our move to California, today we will just relax and enjoy the ambiance and joy of the season. I walked out to the river and took these photos to share with all of you and especially my Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. When I was standing in the shallow edge of the river a Kingfisher's rattling voice reverberated in the canyon and I watched it fly upstream and land on a snow covered branch sending a waterfall of snow tumbling to the ground.The rocks in the river above the water line are covered with snow and the water is crystal clear.
The temperature has warmed to 3 degree's above freezing. As a result large snow bombs are dropping here and there from the trees some breaking into smaller pieces as they hit branches on their way to the ground. Even limbs are falling now and then from the weight of the snow.
This is truely a winter wonderland.
We are fortunate to be here at this moment in time to experience such a glorious white Christmas.
Merry Christmas to all of our children and those we sponser through the "Christian Children's Fund.
Now it's time to enjoy the company of my wife and two cats and warm up in front of the fire.
Monday, December 22, 2008
It's been a while since my wife and I have experienced anything like it but this year we are having a White Christmas. We're busy packing to move to Northern California where my wife will continue her outstanding career at Humboldt State University as Director of Planned Giving. We feel like we're getting a wonderful sendoff with the snow. It is a soft fluffy snow and today I went out to record it and look for animal tracks.
The entire Pacific Northwest has been hit by an arctic blast and it looks like it will be with us for at least another week. Hopefully we will not get a rapid thaw which causes rivers to rise rapidly as well. Some people look at this kind of weather as a problem but to us it is beautiful and we plan to enjoy every moment.
Above are the tracks of what appears to be a cottontail rabbit. While I try to enjoy the moment as I step softly in the snow I can't help feeling the sadness of leaving this place we have grown to love so much.
It has been another memorable chapter in our lives and although we will miss our friends here and the many places we have hiked we look forward to new and most likely challenging adventures.
We hope that someone who appreciates the beauty of nature will find this place and live here harmoniously
with the outstanding riparian woodland and the sight and sounds of the river from their deck and the upstairs loft.
Wishing everyone who reads this a very happy holiday season and a merry Christmas.