Thursday, December 21, 2006

Blizzard Update: The Aftermath

29 inches: The measured depth of the snow in our yard

Wow, this has been incredible! We woke up to find another foot of snow had fallen overnight, bringing the total depth (as measured on our relatively drift-free deck) to 29 inches. According to the Denver Post this is the 8th biggest Denver blizzard on record. As happy as I am, I'm afraid I'm ruined for all other snow storms. Here's a little before and after comparison:

Nice curb appeal Home sweet home
Our very own playhouse At last, the sun!
DSC_0049 Our deck is almost buried
DSC_0021 DSC_0138

Below is a photo montage, a day in the blizzardy life of Ferg if you will. Click on any photo to go to my flickr photo album. I've got nearly 50 pics from the last two days.

This is what we found when we opened our front door. Yes, those are garbage cans buried up to their necks!
Reality check: remember how deep garbage cans are?

Spencer bravely blazed a trail across the yard. Good luck finding the ball, buddy.
Spencer swims across the backyard

It was a social event as all the neighborhood came out for en mass driveway shoveling.
Snow gets amazingly heavy after an hour of shoveling
Ah, that's the ticket!

Makes me want to throw a BBQ party.

Most people that tried to go anywhere found their cars stuck after a few feet. We didn't bother driving today, and instead explored the neighborhood on snow shoes. I learned that even with snow shoes you will still sink up to your knees in fresh powder. Freakin' exhausting.
Neighbors try to get a car unstuck from a deep drift

Once the sun came out the landscape was breathtaking.
The beautiful aftermath

We spent the afternoon sledding with some neighbor girls. It was a blast!
Sledding joy Luckily, a soft landing
We spent hours playing with the girls Sledding on the snow piles cleared from the driveway

As a bonus, if you'd like to experience our Colorado blizzard just click on this link for a brief video I found on youtube. The wind wasn't quite this bad at our house, but it's close enough.


At 7:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great comparison shots! And your photos are wonderful! I'd add to the montage except my camera batteries are dead. However, another hour of digging and I should be able to get my car out on the road. First thing I'm gonna buy...Coke!...then camera batteries.
Gotta love these work snow days. :)

At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, an old-time New England White Christmas is nice, but 29 in. seems a bit freakin' crazy. Sorry you're plans got jacked up, but, it sure is pretty.
We're enjoying chilly 55 deg. days. And enjoying our new daughter, Greta, born Dec. 10! Everyone is healthy, and all are getting a ggod amount of sleep!
Merry Christmas, Happy Channukah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Festive Festivus!!
Cheers, Walt & Kisten Wolf
ps Did you by a snow blower yet? : )


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