Just a few weeks ago, we had received our first snow fall of the season. It was not much, but we were able to do our first Winter Walking Wednesday of the season and we were getting excited about winter.
Boy, has the weather changed. Our temperatures this past weekend were into the 70′s F (20′s C) in the valleys (a few degrees cooler on the ridges). Despite freezing temperatures at night, the warm days are making Cataloochee Ski Resort miss a crucial element – SNOW!
In fact, they were using the beautiful, sunny Saturday to do training for their staff, including their first aid training. Nothing like watching ski patrol training on grass.
Even our tree was looking forlorn without its leaves, but without the snow we saw surrounding it the last time we posted pictures of it. Can you tell we really love this tree?
Even the view down our valley from the ranch looks different than the last time we showed it to you. The leaves are all gone, but the clear skies allowed for a crisp view of the mountains.
As we did last time, you can zoom in on our house in the middle of that picture. Without the leaves, you can really see the house much clearer:
Ok, so we are without snow. But with a gorgeous weekend, we went out hiking all weekend anyway. We just had to find different “drifts” to walk through. Makes for quite the crunchy noise. Since we can’t show you noise with a picture, we thought we would end with a short video of “Leaf Crunching – Herd Style.”