Before we get to the bad news, here's the lovely sunrise good news, at least some very pretty news from yesterday morning. Normally when our woods get this winter colorful, there are (and they remain) warm temperatures, either that or very heavy fog. Thursday night's storm left us with a quick freeze and as such, even today, 60 hours later, our poor living woody plants are carrying loads they weren't meant for.
Saturday morning, sunrise time behind the house. The doe was out, ready for some morning sun and waiting for her friends up in the woods......then never ventured out into the open, soon this one turned around and joined them. I was getting coffee'd up and gathering courage to finish the rest of the driveway using the snowblower.
Even the moon came out to face the sun, funny how the moon does that......
Friday afternoon's snow removal effort managed to clear an area up by the house and I started down the driveway, but things didn't go well. The rain that came early put down a layer that reached up and iced the first few inches of snow after it got colder. (there are 3 vehicles in this image)
Walking down behind the snowblower in this photo and out to the area that I had to stop on Friday afternoon, retreating back to the house, this almost an uh-oh happened when I got the truck a bit off the driveway and into the pampas grass.......the truck got itself out. It would have been a bad one.
50 feet beyond this one I did the same thing on the other side of the drive. Trying to open things up and get wider, the truck got off the edge into a No Plow zone. The truck managed to wiggle out of this one too.
Notice the wet spot ahead, water flowing under the snow that once exposed from the plow, turned to ice. The little chunks across the width of where I'd plowed the day before are a bad sign for those of you that don't plow everyday.....little ice balls rather than a nice clean shear from the plow's blade. Just barely around the corner ahead was where I stopped with the Ford F350 and will now begin with the Craftsman 9hp/28inch.
I've worked my way around the corner, down across the concrete slab (where the wet spot is) and begun the slow and arduous notch up to the road. I will let good old gravity help me once up there, working down the slope from the road and do small sections. Notice that I'm not really able to scrape down to the previous hard surface; there's a couple inches of crunchy beneath that I'm leaving and will get later with the truck. Those of you with extensive 'blower experience will know what this means and will understand the exercise I'm about to receive.
I looked back at the photo data and will time stamp these images, this one is 9:24
See those 4" thick sheets on top? The ones higher than the blower housing that continue to crumble off and fall after I've passed??
Here we are up on the road at 10:10, me very proud, Gold Medal proud, though bracing for the worst part yet to come. Note the snow fence down there, now a hidden decoration.
Back to the house for more fuel
I managed to disturb the Mode wheel on the camera getting it out of my pocket and picked a B/W shot. 11:44, feeling only a bit of relief. This section is historically the very worst.
12:24, no breaks or stops, now I'm down to the serious part. It's a good thing snow removal is a hobby of mine. My Forward/Reverse shift count at this point was 437, 687 +/- 20
Now it's 1:10, I've busted through the ditch area and gone back up to the corner where I had to stop with the Ford. Tons of snow have been removed but the lane is far from 'clear' with lots of snow beside and still below.
In for lunch at 1:50 and then into the truck at 2:30 where I can sit down and my noodley feeling arms can turn a wheel, run a joystick instead of yank on handlebars. It's a walk-behind snow blower but it's far from just walking.
Cleaning off the access for our USPS Carrier, widening and scraping clean the rest of the driveway, opening up some extra width wherever I can get it.
I'm thinking about picking up a new hobby.