Now that was Winter!

Last year winter came and went so fast and without a lot of snow. When it was over I was like, wait, that was it? This winter did not dissapoint! It started a bit late, a week before Thanksgiving. The snow didn’t really start sticking and piling up until well into December. That’s when Paul decided the second hand snow thrower wasn’t going to cut it this year. We discussed the different things we could buy to keep the driveway plowed and decided to buy a plow for the RZR. After the learning curve, Paul could make quick work of the new snowfall and I think had a little fun while doing it!

 11/19 First snow of the season. It didn't stick at the house. 

11/19 First snow of the season. It didn't stick at the house. 

 Fun in the snow!

Fun in the snow!

 First plow of many!

First plow of many!

 When Dustin was here for Christmas, Paul took him out for a ride on some trails in the snow. They came back soaking wet, but had a great time. 

 The Noden boys.

The Noden boys.

 Dust in snow.

Dust in snow.

 Christmas!

Christmas!

 On New Years Eve, we had a cougar visit the house. I found tracks going under both the front and back porches. I had heard from a local friend that there was a cougar seen a little to the north of us. I called him and he brought some hounds that he uses to hunt with, they tracked and treed it a couple miles to the south. Since it isn’t cougar hunting season, they could just scare it off. We haven’t seen any signs of it around since, but I always keep my eyes open. 

 Dirty cougar prints. It picked up the dirt from under the porch.

Dirty cougar prints. It picked up the dirt from under the porch.

 The river froze over for quite a while this year. One day I spotted 7 coyotes walking along the middle. They were all heading south, there must have been some kind of coyote convention going on down there. 

 Coyote on the frozen river.

Coyote on the frozen river.

 He saw us taking his photo.

He saw us taking his photo.

 The winter backdrop makes for great wildlife viewing. There were a bunch of otters and a couple beavers that frequented our little bay on the river. The bald eagles are easier to spot year round.

 A couple of otters.

A couple of otters.

 Big beaver!

Big beaver!

 Tundra swans.

Tundra swans.

 Seeing eagles never gets old.

Seeing eagles never gets old.

 There was still snow on the ground at the end of March. There was even a few days where it snowed into April. Some of my friends were so sick of it and blamed me for doing a snow dance, because they know I love it! Sorry girls, falling snow makes me happy! I’m already looking forward to next winter.