Ok, ok, it is not almost spring. We have quite a ways to go yet before we are out of winter, but Saturday sure felt wonderful. Sure, the humans enjoyed it, but even we had fun running around and stretching our legs. And riding around in the Jeep with the windows out!
We got up to 51F (10C) Saturday at the house. Considering we barely saw above freezing temperatures for most of January, that felt like a tropical paradise. We went down to Asheville and they had a high of 62F (16C). To give you an idea of how crazy that is, Asheville has had exactly five days with temperatures above 50F (10C) since December 1. They are over 2000 feet (610m) lower in elevation than us, so you can imagine what our weather is like. We haven’t seen 50F since well before Thanksgiving and got our first snowfall on November 5 (later than normal, for the record).
The only problem is that our snow is melting. Nothing is more depressing than melting snow (though the humans are smiling for some weird reason).
Have no fear, pups, we are promised more before the winter is over. After all, our ski resort closed on April 11 last year – so a lot of winter is still to come! The humans may not agree with us, but cross your paws for more snow. Lots and lots of more snow.
Our section of the Blue Ridge Parkway may be closed (well, at least closed to cars – hikers are welcome) in the winter, but the road is open in many areas and the hiking is beautiful in the winter. You can call 1 828 298 0398 to get current road conditions and closings. Hope to see you on the trail!
P.S. – Have no fear. The temperature was around 25F (-4C), so the dogs in the neighboring car were not in any danger (and their humans were just a few feet away). Oh, and The Herd wears seat belts, so there was no escaping the Jeep.
Have no fear. ”They” are saying we should get another 6 inches (15 cm) or so of fresh snow today. It seems like every day we are getting a least a dusting of snow.
Saturday happened to be pulled pork night at The Herd Annex – The hu-grandmom’s house. Does anyone want to take a bet whether The Annex thought the pork smelled good?
Feel free to click on the picture above so you can see a larger version. We were out walking Sunday morning and ran across some very strange tracks in the snow. We were trying to figure out exactly what sort of wild beast would make a track that is a mix of paw prints in the snow – that sort of look like Siberian Husky tracks – but also has a large dragging mark. We were totally confused and started to send the picture to our blog-o-sphere tracking expert, KB, but then had a theory.
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Since a number of you asked after yesterday’s post, yes, the MacBook keyboard is ok after the “Mac & Cheese” incident (Op Pack – you cracked us up with that one). Only one of the keys (the control key – how ironic) was broken and we were able to get a replacement at our local Apple store, Charlotte Street Computers. Repairing the keys themselves is relatively simple as demonstrated in this YouTube video (just in case there is a sudden rash of Cheoah type landings).