Snow Day

By , November 11, 2017

Haines has gotten an occasional fine skiff of snow recently. Friday overnight, we got the homestead’s first snowfall of the year.

We awoke to a light but steady snow. By mid-morning 2¼ inches had accumulated, with more on the way.

Zeiger family homestead cabin in snow 2017

The Zeiger family cabin in the first snow of winter 2017 (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

We were awfully tempted to celebrate this first snow day by hunkering down, but no. With three of us home until afternoon, when Aly and I hiked out ahead of the rising tide to attend play rehearsal, we wanted to work at improving our neglected winter firewood supply.

Zeiger veranda in snow

Snow on the veranda (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger)

I got the big tree I felled off of its stump a while back (see 30/30″). Since then, we’ve been limbing it, working toward cutting it free of its entanglements so that it will lay on the ground, where we can use the Swede saw to buck it up. Many of those limbs are thick enough to provide good-sized rounds. All of them are very dense wood; sawing through them has been slow and arduous.

Mud Bay Peninsula in snow

The south beach and point in new snow (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

I find it a bit ironic that our first snow day here in our part of Alaska comes well after friends in the Lower 48 have had their first snow of the season. I admit to feeling a bit of jealousy. I’m better now . . . .

We stopped at lunch so we could get showered before heading to town. We accomplished an awful lot for a day that could and, we might argue, should be spent more restfully and contemplatively, as is befitting the first Snow Day of the season.

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