Attitudes Toward Snow - For example, if two inches of "mixed precipitation" fell in PA, the talk the next day was, "Whew... we dodged the bullet!" "School is closed!" or "Thank God that was rain!" Two inches of snow fall here in NY and everyone moans: "Where's the snow?!" "We haven't had winter yet!" And my favorite, "Let 'er rip!"
People around here don't endure snow... they CELEBRATE snow. Their eyes sparkle when they talk about snow. Their cheeks glow from playing in snow. In many cases, they butter their bread with snow... if you know what I mean.
Lifespan of Snow - Two inches of snow in PA never lasted long - usually gone by morning. By contrast, two inches of snow fall here in NY and several months later, they're still here! (I am still amazed to get in my van and find unmelted snow on my floormat from previous trips)
Although we've had a relatively "snowless" winter, our world remains frosted in white. The cold temperatures allow us to enjoy every flake. (As well as the flakes that fell several months ago!) We have about a foot of accumulated snow on the ground now, and I thought you might like to come along on some of our winter adventures.
Winter - Part 1 - Sledding at the Ausable Club
In early January, our friends, Marty and Danel Pietrowski came for a weekend of snowy fun. They tackled the "big" mountain - Whiteface Mountain (http://www.whiteface.com/) , which boasts the highest vertical drop in the East. We aren't quite that daring yet! But we shared a fun Sunday afternoon sledding at the Ausable Club.
Falling off is half the fun... right? Raven seems pretty happy after a splat.
When exhausted from hiking back UP the long hill, we enjoyed just laying on our sleds and looking at the mountains. Beautiful!
Hope you are enjoying winter wherever you live. I'll be back with another Winter Fun update soon!