Sunday, January 18, 2009

49 Degrees North

Nothing like the classic cheesy picture at the ski resort. Might have been better if I had just landed in the top of a tree...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Palouse

We found time for a quick trip about one hour south of Spokane to Steptoe Butte in the midde of Palouse Country. This is an area of beautiful rolling hills created by the Missoula Flood thousands of years ago, when an ice dam broke and a giant lake drained across Eastern Washington on its way to the Columbia River and the Pacific.

We parked near the bottom and hiked up a snowy road, about six miles round trip. The road was inaccessible by vehicle, but fairly easy to walk up. No pictures from the top of the butte because it was enveloped in thick fog. Mika had a fine time running around in the deserted state park.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Snow

Here is a quick picture from the first snowstorm on December 18. Libby is working hard, but requiring significant supervision. This is only the first twenty inches of the year. Note the garbage can thrown into the snow bank by the plow.

Beginning with the the time of this picture, over the course of three weeks we received 80 inches of snow. Rather impressive given the average winter in Spokane is 45 inches, and the all-time record is 93 inches. We will likely blow past it this year.