Monday, December 21, 2009

first snow !

We got our first major snow in a LONG time here on Saturday ! The verdict is still out, but it has been rumored we got between 6 and 8 inches - which is a lot for this area to get in one day! It is very beautiful & the kids love it - but it also meant lots of nasty driving conditions and cancellations. [Like, I was supposed to shoot a 1st birthday party, but it got post-poned, and I already had other plans to be out of state on the day it got moved to -sad panda-]

We were also supposed to drive to Maryland Saturday afternoon to spend the night at our Pastor's house and then be there for church Sunday morning and their MAJOR production of a puppet show! [Photos of that coming later!] However, with the roads so bad, we opted to go back to plan A, which was to leave early Sunday morning and drive the 2 hours in before church.

By Sunday morning, the roads were cleared and we had no problems driving up into the mountains. While we got 6-8 inches - they got almost 18 inches of snow!! And, that's normal for them. Eek.

Having all that covering everything sure makes for some BEAUTIFUL scenery!! It was super cold [about 18* when we arrived] but we did make it over to our cabin in between church, lunch with the Pastor and his family, and the puppet show. AND - to top it all off, the sun came out and the skies cleared up for a short period of time while we were at the cabin - so of course my photography side was just DYING of happiness!!

The lake isn't QUITE frozen over yet. In some spots it definitely looked like it was on it's way to being thick enough to walk on - but as you got farther out the inlet and closer to the main part of the lake, the ice thinned and then disappeared altogether. Dad wants to go back sometime in late January or early February when the ice is super thick so we can walk on it!! It's definitely a cool experience - people snow-mobile and ice-fish. It's pretty wild to walk out to the middle of the lake where we typically swim!!

Oh, and the rest of these photos were just snapped as we were driving around - yes taken THROUGH a dirty window. I was super impressed with how they turned out =D

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