Playing Hooky and Enjoying a Winter Wonderland

We woke up this morning without power and several inches of fresh snow. It was the most we’ve seen at our house in 3 years.

I’ve been playing hooky from my blog. Or you might say I was ‘derailed.’ Peggy and I climbed on Amtrak in Mid-December as part of a 5000 mile train trip across America and back. I’ll cover the adventure in my next post.

We went back east to visit with our son and his family in Florida to enjoy Christmas and then went north to visit with our daughter and her family in Virginia to celebrate the new year. All of that would have been ample distraction to pull me away from blogging. A nasty cold I picked up in Florida was the main culprit however. It was one of those bugs that keeps you awake all night coughing your lungs out. (Remember when Calvin of Calvin and Hobbs sneezed his brains out? That’s how I felt.) I had enough energy to enjoy our kids and grandkids and take the train home. That was it.

I thought it would be fun to feature some photos from today when Peggy and I woke up to several inches of gorgeous snow for my return to blogging. As always, it called for a walk in the woods.

Walking outside, we were greeted by our rooster who seemed quite proud of his extended comb. The bright snow created a problem for photography.
A teenage deer was waiting impatiently on our door step and insisted we feed her an apple before moving on. Her favorite foods, other than apples, had been buried under the snow.
Our next chore was to clear a tree trunk that had fallen across our road. It was one of several that had dropped on our property from the weight of the snow. Fortunately, the rest of them chose to fall in the forest. Grin. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)
Peggy steps over a log and demonstrates what it felt like to walk through the eight inches of fresh snow. I think she is suggesting two feet! Falling snow gave her a white nose.
Part of the fun of a snow hike is seeing all on the animal tracks that normally aren’t visible. These were left behind by the deer herd that roams our neighborhood.
But mainly, the pleasure is in enjoying the beauty and silence. A robin sitting on top of one of our white oaks decorates this picture. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)
The back of our property abuts Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest where we headed for our hike.
A manzanita bush covered in snow…
And this one was buried in snow, speaking to how much had fallen.
The trunk of a white oak showed off both white snow and green moss, making a nice contrast.
And a madrone provided a brown contrast with its iconic bare bark.
And finally, one of my traditional snow photos from our deck on the Upper Applegate River looking south toward California. Our rosebush has a topknot.

NEXT POST: Clickety-Clack— a 5000 mile train trip across America and back.

63 thoughts on “Playing Hooky and Enjoying a Winter Wonderland

  1. Silence. We once had a place near Harper’s Ferry, WV, and I remember the wonderful silence after a snowstorm.
    Perhaps we will experience it again. We are outside Columbus, Ohio where we bought a home today. They don’t get much snow, but they do get some. But in the meantime, we are heading back to the warmth of Florida to enjoy it before we move.

    • Oh my, Ray. From Florida to Ohio will definitely be a shock to your body. Peggy was raised on Lake Erie. Definitely some nasty winters. Our train ride took us right through Harpers Ferry… and there was snow on the ground. –Curt

  2. Glad to hear that you are back on track after having been derailed by the nasty bug(s) that’s making the rounds this winter. I love the snowy scenes from ‘just up the road from here’.

    • Health-wise, the engine is still chugging over the mountain but it is ion the downhill side.
      Shouldn’t have to go far, Arati, to find snow. 🙂 Always worth a photographic journey! –Curt

  3. It’s so beautiful when it snows in rural locations. It must have been so silent. Even here in the city it’s pretty special, especially since Vancouver doesn’t get much snow – but we’ve had a couple of good dumps over the past week. All white and silent. So glad we didn’t have to drive anywhere. Welcome back to the blog. Hope you’re well now.
    Alison

    • Peggy and I love walking in it, Alison. Both during it (assuming it is a gentle snowfall) and after. We are with you on the driving. We had stocked up on food so we wouldn’t have to. And filled our bathtub with water. On our walk today, we found fresh cougar tracks all around our house. –Curt

  4. We finally had some rain, Curt. People were so happy, dancing in the paddocks and all caution to the wind. We were without power too last night but plenty of candles.
    Nice to see all that snow at your place. Stay well, Curt.

    • I can hardly imagine the joy Australians must have felt to see that rain. I would have been dancing in the streets as well, singing in the rain! Just like Gene Kelly.
      Thanks, Gerard. –Curt

  5. How fun! My spouse and I are already looking for our next rail adventure. Having just passed via Amtrak, the Klamath-Siskiyou, a week ago – I am envious that you have it so near. Looking forward to your stories of the 5K mile adventure

  6. Sorry to hear you have been so unwell Curt. Those kinds of coughs where your brains fall out, not to mention lungs, are brutal.
    Your winter wonderland looks magical. We are in the midst of a deep freeze. No walking outside until things warm up above -25C.

    • Brrrrrr… I remember those days in Alaska.
      Much better health now. Thanks. Who knows, one of these days the cough may let me sleep a full night. 🙂
      Our winter wonderland produced cougar tracks all around our house today! –Curt

  7. That white stuff is nice to play with, but I think I’ve had more than my share for my lifetime. Luckily we don’t see it here very often and it doesn’t hang around if we do.

  8. Welcome back Curt,
    It is delightful to hear what an eventful and wonderful journey Peggy and you have had. Amtrak always tempted me but you can’t do it all during some visits.
    Apart from your bad cold/flu it reads like a perfect trip. To see both children for celebration and then home to this pristine snow.

    I like mornings like that too, the world quietens and so does your mind. Beautiful photos. By the way, did you lift that tree by yourself?
    Say hello to the Robin for me.

    Miriam

    • Much beauty and peace, Miriam! Thanks. Although I have report that Peggy and I went out for our walk today and found fresh cougar prints around our house. The deer were going crazy this morning, running every which way! –Curt

  9. Thanks, Curt. I’ve really been missing Winter and snow this year, so I definitely enjoyed your (and Peggy’s) pictures!
    So glad you’re well and up and about again!

  10. I do love a good snowfall like that — although it’s been some years since I’ve experienced one. Like fog, snow quiets the world as well as being beautiful. What I didn’t realize until I moved to Texas is that you can smell snow coming, too. I wouldn’t have believed it, but the first time I experienced snow here, I knew it was on the way several hours before it arrived. People thought I was nuts, but there’s something unmistakable about it: a lack of scent, really — clean, and cold.

    • Don’t think I have ever smelled a snow storm coming, Linda. Do you remember the massive thunderstorms in Liberia where you could hear the wind and rain approaching form the distance? It was always a sign to dash around and yank our clothes off the line and shutter the windows! –Curt

  11. Curt, lovely to see you back and what an amazing train journey across the country! I look forward to reading all about it! So sorry to hear about the nasty bug (but did enjoy the Calvin and Hobbes reference).

    Ahh … that’s the most amount of snow I’ve seen all year and it’s great to see you and Peggy enjoying yourselves! The deer looks so cute and Peggy looks very stylish! 😀

  12. How lovely to see all that snow. And I agree with you — it’s the silence and the scenery that we love to see (and hear). Can’t wait to read about your amazing train journey. Take care of yourself so you can type away and share with your readers!
    Great snowy photos!

  13. Oh, sometimes I miss a good, deep, quiet snow like this! But then I get over it … happy to see it like this through your photos! I look forward to hearing about the train journey!

    • I never tire of the beauty, Christie. May years ago a friend of mine had a cabin near Donner Summit in the Sierras. Snow could reach 10-20 feet. I used to cross country ski out our door right into the wilderness. Beautiful it indeed is. –Curt

  14. Fresh snow is always beautiful, and I know what you mean about making it hard to take a good photograph, with all that brightness. I am not a good enough photographer to successfully deal with environmental challenges like that. In any case, your photos here show clearly what gorgeous scenes you and Peggy got to look at during your snow explorations. I’m glad you got a good dumping of snow too. Every single inch of snow will help later in the year.

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