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Time to dig out

It finally stopped snowing this morning.  Can't really tell how much snow we got because it drifted so badly.  There are patches where you can still see the grass peeking out, and other areas deep enough to drown a Great Dane.  Nearest NWS spotter reported 15 inches.

The mysterious stranger with the plow came around again, but although our front gate was wide open, he didn't continue inside; he just plowed up to the gate and stopped.

I went out briefly today to measure the depth of the snow drifts.  There's a massive drift running more or less down the length of the driveway, about 30 feet wide and nearly 200 feet long.  When I started climbing into it, it only measured about 24 inches deep and the snow was pretty firm about half way down, so it was fairly easy to cross.  But I forgot the ground slopes downwards on the other side of the drive, so about half way across it started getting deeper and softer.  When the snow swallowed my yardstick, I knew I was in trouble.  I had to lay down in the snow and scoot my way across.  By the time I managed to make it back into the house, I was soaking wet and exhausted.

Looks like the Ratmobile will stay in drydock for a few more weeks, at least.

I hope the whole winter isn't like this.

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