Icicles on the Mary Hollow Trail

Icicles on the Mary Hollow Trail — not huge, but I’ll take it as a sign of how cold it has been.

Camped overlooking McGarr Spring

Camped overlooking McGarr Spring — It’s embarrassing to admit how long it took me to find the two trees I used when I camped here back in December. So I’ll just say It was far too long.

Snow in the yard and on the field

Snow in the yard and on the field – We woke Saturday morning to a light dusting of snow which had mostly melted by the evening.

Cottage in the snow

Cottage in the snow – For the past couple of months Ginger has been working with her parents on a remodeling project, converting the one room with ensuite ‘Little House’ into a Writers/Get Away Cottage. It now has a living room/kitchenette, bedroom, HVAC and a wraparound deck out back. +1

Snow February 2021

Snow February 2021 – The snow was really fine and fluffy. Very easy to work with. Though I must confess, Ginger cleared the pathway down the drive. +1

Snowy Feat

Snowy Feat – I just couldn’t resist giving it a try. Despite it being around 13°F (-10°C) it wasn’t too cold. I ended up spending around 20 minutes outside clearing the snow off the front deck and path.

Snowy backyard with chairs gathered around the fire pit

Snowy backyard with chairs gathered around the fire pit – It got cold. -13°F (-25°C) cold. Yes, we had a couple of short power cuts, but they were a minor inconvenience. Fortunately a week or so before the cold snap we had our furnace replaced with a new high-efficiency model. +1

Cold – Ho hum

Cold – Ho hum – It is 0°F (-17°C) outside, and we’ve just been told that there are going to be ‘rolling’ blackouts of 30-60minutes. Yay.

Ice in ‘Deep Hollow’

Ice in ‘Deep Hollow’ – Okay, so I managed to let one of my hiking poles fall into the hollow while taking the previous picture. Which meant I had to climb down and retrieve it. While I was there, I took this picture.

Sunset and ripples

Sunset and ripples – Sunset at the North Fork River.

The unofficial McGarr Spring Trail is very well marked

The unofficial McGarr Spring Trail is very well marked – It’s a sad comment on the state of things, that the unofficial trails are better maintained and marked than the official ones looked after by the Forest Service. One-minute read

Mary Hollow Trail

Mary Hollow Trail – I liked the colors and light.

Icicles

Icicles. 3 pictures

Snow, moss, and leaves

Snow, moss, and leaves – Seen on the Mary Hollow Trail.

Time to have breakfast, then pack up and go

Time to have breakfast, then pack up and go. One-minute read, 3 pictures

Frost melting in the early morning sunshine

Frost melting in the early morning sunshine.

Leaves

Leaves.

Sunrise on Day Three

Sunrise on Day Three.

One more Piney Creek Panorama for luck

One more Piney Creek Panorama for luck – I’m not sure that I’ll ever tire of this view, though maybe I do need to stop taking pictures of it. Each time I look the play of the light is different. 2 pictures

Good morning!

Good morning! To get up or not to get up? Now that’s a question when it is cold out.

Camped by Table Rock Lake

Camped by Table Rock Lake – The astute will notice that this is not my regular camping spot by the lake. The reason is quite simple; some expletive deleted hunter decided that a good place to leave the carcass of a deer they’d dressed would be right by the fire ring of my usual camping spot. One-minute read, 5 pictures

Early morning sunshine

Early morning sunshine. 2 pictures

Sunlight brushing the tops of the hills

Sunlight brushing the tops of the hills – the start of Day Two at Piney Creek Wilderness.

Frosty Morning

Frosty Morning – The predicted overnight temperatures were 30°F. It dropped to 21°F. Fortunately, I’d anticipated this and I was nice and warm in my hammock.

Winter twilight on the lake

Winter twilight on the lake.