Winter Insulators Again.

It’s a sunny day.  The snow is deep.  And it’s cold.  Any sensible person would be inside drinking COFFEE.  But no.  Dad and I are after insulators again.  Amazing.  In February yet.  One would think we would have learned from last time.  But no.  Here we are again.  Dad figured it would be a great time to get into this one section of the CPR.  Walking along the tracks it would be a 5 mile hike.  But now it is just a short distance across this lake.  Didn’t look too short.  The snow was deep.  So we used snowshoes.  I did like snowshoeing but not at this temp.

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Summer thoughts, with a female ruby throated hummingbird.

We strap on the snowshoes.  Dad starts off.  He doesn’t really move.  Odd.  Now he starts leaning forward.  Waving his arms.  He did that a lot.  Especially when he was falling.  But why would he be falling?  He yelled, you’re standing on my snowshoe!  Oh, so I was.  I lifted my foot.  Figured that is what he wanted me to do.  Wasn’t really a good idea.  He kept going forward.  Faster now.  Floomph.  Face first in the snow.  He was still waving his arms.  Or at least trying to, looked more like he was trying to swim in that deep snow.  Amazing.

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Summer thoughts, with a female mallard duck at the river.

He finally managed to clear the snow from around his face and said to help him get up.  Dad was a bit bigger than me.  So lifting him up was out of the question.  I decided to roll him over.  Figured it would be easier to pull him over. So I grabbed his arm and pulled.  He yelled.  But it worked.  The snow was about 3 feet deep here so getting him standing again was no easy matter.  Had to take his snowshoes off.  Dad got up by leaning on the snowshoes and me pulling on one arm.  Then he went down again.  Still standing though.  Okay.  The snow was deeper than 3 feet.  Had to dig him out.  Again.  Reminded me of the last trip.

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Summer thoughts, with some white pelicans at the river.

Only this time I had brought a shovel.  Which worked better for digging dad out of the snow.  Good thing we were close to the car still since that is where the shovel was.  Dad said to be careful, which was kind of odd.  The shovel did slip at one point and I got dad right in the stomach.  He groaned amazingly loud.  Hold your arms over your head so I don’t hit them, I said.  Dad agreed that would be a good idea.  But as I threw the shovel full of snow off to the side the shovel clipped dad’s elbow, he yelled and the whole shovel full of snow went on his head. 

He yelled again because some of that cold snow went down his back.  Bonehead!  Finally he was out and strapped his snowshoes back on while I put the shovel back.   Amazing that he still wanted to try this.  Good thing I was here, I said.  True, said dad, I might not have fallen in the snow.  Not sure what he meant by that.  Off we went across the lake.  It is sunny.  But cold.  Very cold.

To be continued.

Steve and Muffin.

© 2020 Steve McLeod.

 

56 Comments on “Winter Insulators Again.

  1. You almost made your Dad wet and cold, Been hiking with you is a skill 😉😜 He never gave up on that part and took you for lot of adventures 😉 Must tell you both together is a lot of memories ☺️✨

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    • Are you teasing me again? Saying it’s a skill to hike with me.🤪😕☹Have to remember, this hike was his idea, not mine, so I’m innocent!😂😂🤣😜Yes indeed, we had a lot of adventures together and I will be sharing more over the next couple weeks or so.😀😀😛🙃 Glad you enjoyed this, it’s a 3 part hike this time! Hope your day went well and you have a great evening!!😃😺🌙⛄

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      • Haha 😂😂 Will I ever do such thing😜 he must have lot of patience to take you for hiking, Glad he took you ☺️ Or else we would never had such beautiful stories ✨🤗 Happy Weekend Steve✨

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      • Hi Simon! I always was surprised that he wanted to keep going on these hikes,🤔🤪😜🙄 but he didn’t have anyone else to go with him.😄🤪 And we were kind of inseparable!😁😁

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      • You guys were inseparable Gems, Glad we had you both together on that specific timeline, hopefully you day is beautiful✨🤗 Enjoy the day with Muffin and stay safe on these colder days ✨

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      • Yep, staying inside, no need to go out and freeze today.🥶😂😹We had lots of fun times for sure. Enjoy your day, if you up yet, but enjoy it anyway when you do get up, or sleep all day too, relax a bit, have fun in the sun!😀🌞😎🌴😂😹

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      • I’m going to sleep again 😳🙄 Feeling sleeping now😟 Strange 🤔 and how am i going to take rest 😄 i planned to go out already 😜😂 Lol. Have a peaceful Night Steve 🕺🐈

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      • For real😁 Yes Steve, it was a good sleep and long journey ☺️ came back early and had a good sleep again. From today i need to travel 1 hour 😳🙄 to office 😵. I should find a better way to commute to office. Have a good night Steve ✨

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      • Hmm, starting that long commute. Hey, how about a small hot air balloon?😃🎈 Fly above the traffic! If you don’t like that one I have plenty more ideas,😀 though some might be dangerous.🤔🙄 Hope you get it figured out anyway. I hour is a long time, that’s 2 hours of your day gone. Sigh. Happy Monday!😃😺⛄⛄

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      • Hi Steve, back home from the long for drive I’m basically a slow driver as i use to think a lot while driving i often stick to 20 to 40 kmph so obviously you can hear lot of ringtones all the way to office ☺️😜😁 figured out a way where i need to travel only 17 km at my own speed it takes 40 mins exactly 😄 Have a beautiful day Steve ✨🤗

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      • Hey Simon! That’s great, much better. Try not to think while driving, can be dangerous. Wait, I mean extra thinking, not regular thinking for driving where you need to think about your driving while thinking but not thinking about other things to think about which can distract your thinking about thinking the wrong way while you think. I think.🤔🤪😵😛😳🙄

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      • You sure trying to confuse me 🙄😳🤔😉 Okay, let me think to not to think while driving, that means i should think about the way but nothing more to think. No more thinking about blogging or story. I’ve made a beautiful thriller short story today ☺️ Hope you will like it. This is what i think while I drive 😁

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      • Aha! See?😜 That’s the kind of thinking you shouldn’t be thinking about while you’re thinking about what you should be thinking about while you’re thinking.🤔🤔🤪🙄 I think I’m more confused than you.😳🤪🙄

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      • You are awake now🙄😳 late night Steve😄 I’m sure not going to be thinking about it 😜 but only when I’m thinking the required thinking 😁 you sure confused isn’t it ☺️ Glad u r 😂😂

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