SUMMARY: Hike drive drive drive and then arrive.went for our usual Friday walkies; friend's illness dragged her down a bit this week but we still covered 3 miles and it was a beautiful morning to be out.
Looking back under the bridge at reflections in the Guadalupe River:
Even for my dinky point-and-shoot, Mr. Mockingbird was willing to hold still briefly.
Boost played much leashie.
Despite our current cold snap, the Fremontodendron (flannel bush) shrubs each had one big flower on the west side; go figure.
The buds are beautiful, too.
The four-hour drive on a holiday Friday was just about perfect; only one or two spots where I briefly had to slow below the speed limit. What a pleasant start for the weekend.
Coming into Sacramento, looking across the wetlands:
At 2000-3000 feet, sprinklings of snow; at 4000 feet, actual snow; at 5000+, wow, snow snow snow!
It's like driving into a Christmas postcard! I hardly ever see snow any more, maybe once a year if that, and its beauty lifts my spirits so high that my whole body can feel it.
Coming over the summit at Donner Pass (although every time I come through at this time of year, I think of those poor souls in the Donner Party who happened to try to pass in a year when the snow came earlier than ever and fell to a record depth--so this is nothin'!).
Although it wasn't snowing during my drive, I began to wonder whether I'd know where to turn, since many of the signs past the summit were obscured by snow stuck to their fronts.
But I arrived, got here, and had to immediately pull over and take a shot of this fairytale house nestled among the snowy trees. Thomas Kincaide got nuthin' on me!
And here's our home away from home, with MUTT MVR alongside.
And looking in towards the front--they got a little drift, and always the most interesting icicles!
And here we are, just before midnight, snuggled in front of the fire.
Happy 2011, everyone! Today it's snowing snowing snowing! Will be an interesting weekend.