I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 7:02 AM GMT on April 21, 2012
It was possibly the best day weather-wise today for 2012. Calm and sunny. 38 degrees. I will take it. The snow is melting, although that does not mean it will not DUMP tomorrow.
Dutchie is enlivened, very interested in heading outside again. Even Fat Fluffer has gone out TWICE! This a rarity.
A recent article in the local newspaper said we had 126 inches of snow this year. Not sure how that number was arrived at. How can you measure horizontal snow, the majority of what we get? There is no science. I have a gauge, and I choose not to even use it when I see the conditions. Oh sure, I could give you a number... The same article agrees with me that it will be June 1st or so before I can head out Summer Bay Road OR head up the Overland pass.
The cruise ship Crystal Serenity was the first cruise ship of the season for us. It came through over Easter weekend. They had been through warmer climates, and were finally glad to see some snow.
The snow IS melting. The roads are clear, but there are still large piles everywhere. (Of snow.)
Today I took my annual road cruise up above Westward Seafoods to check out the snow situation. The PLOW GUYS were only partially done. I am not sure how they find the road up there. There are a couple of stakes, but it seems hit or miss. With 4 to 15 feet of snow to plow. I took some video I will post on youtube, hope it does the situation justice.
VACATION is just a bit over a week away. I brought out the suitcase for early packing. Dutchie was sleeping on it in 10 minutes. CATS!
Last night there were two foxes at my porch looking for food. It got a bit ugly, a rarity. They were starting to fight over the food. Not what I wanted. I ended up throwing it out over a large area, where they were not fighting over one pile.
Tonight I set up the tripod on the north facing porch and took a time lapse movie of the sunset. Also to be posted soon.
The local paper today gave credit to the fox / eagle / cat video lady about her video. They published her name.
It is now light here until 11 PM.
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