The combination of snow and ice has practically shut the whole state down. State offices, schools, businesses - all closed.
We have four-wheel-drive, so we could probably manage, alright. But just to be on the safe side, we are waiting until road conditions are better to leave the park. The biggest obstacle is the entrance hill. It faces mostly north, and right now is a solid sheet of ice. Getting down might not be too bad, but we don't want to risk not being able to get back up it.
We've been fortunate that we haven't lost power, and have seen the electric company patrol the park frequently, checking the lines.
Mark has still been making his daily rounds, with most other park employees staying home.
I suppose that kind of isolation would be frightening for some. Truth be told, I'm going to miss that, once we move off the park. I suppose it's befitting to have this as our last winter, here.
Even the four-week kits don't seem to mind it too bad.
I try to get out three times a day to give them water. The mamas and babies are always thirsty, since they dump their crocks out almost as soon as I put them in there.
|Piling up to drink|
I got these little mini bungee cords to tie them down, with the hopes of preventing this problem. But the thirsty bunnies still managed to flip them over and chew through the bungee cords. Still looking for a good solution there.
|Acer's litter is less adventurous than Cardamom's. They prefer to stay snuggled up in their box. (I couldn't find another cardboard box, so I just used a wire nest box.)|
It's fun to get out and walk with the dogs on snow days. We don't have to worry about much, since we pretty well have the whole park to ourselves.
The winter days have now taken on a different character. In addition to colder temperatures, there is now a brutal wind gusting through the trees, making them sway ominously.
(There obviously isn't much more to do than take pictures.)
The wild birds are really appreciating those handouts.
And, of course - the Fox Sparrows are back!
They only ever show up when it snows. And this time they brought friends! Yesterday we recorded the highest ever count for the park: 8!
I love watching the birds from our big picture window.
We've really been going through that firewood!
We've brought in the less seasoned logs in hopes of drying them out faster. We're hoping our stash will at least get us through the coldest days and nights.
Tonight we're in for sub-zero temperatures, so snuggle up tight, my friends!
It's brutal out there!
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