Winter Insulator Hunt. Part 1.

Hi everyone! It has been a while since I had a story with my dad and I, so thought it was about time to do another one. This story goes back a few years when my dad and I enjoyed collecting insulators. Just in case you don’t know what insulators are, I’m including pictures. They used to hold the wires for phones, telegraph and electricity. Mostly they use cables now so insulators are not used much anymore.

These are all old telegraph insulators.

Now, most of our trips out looking for insulators were in the spring and fall when it was easy to find them on the ground. As insulators were used less and less, they would go along and take them down and just toss them off into the trees, or sometimes into the lakes if one was close by. Dad and I had permission to remove unused insulators from the bottom crossarm on the pole, since there were no wires in the way. That was great, but most poles were too tall to get at them anyway.

But there was an area where we could almost get at them, just not quite. So this one January day dad came up with this idea of going after those insulators. “In the winter?”, I asked. “Sure,” he said, “the snow is deep and if we use snowshoes we can reach those insulators.” “It’s cold,” said I. “Nice winter weather,” was his reply. This was really hard to believe, especially since dad suggested using snowshoes. He was not very good at snowshoeing and usually ended up tripping, a point I brought up in our conversation.

These are also telegraph insulators, from the late 1800s.

He mentioned he had been practicing, so it would be fine. Actually, he walked around the yard a bit, just once, which is not really practicing. But we were soon on our way. We drove to the spot, as close as we could anyway. From there we had to walk along the tracks for a while before getting to this wonderful site. It was cold walking along that open area. But we finally arrived at the first hill. “We can just walk across this first part,” said dad, “the wind should have packed the snow in good and hard.”

I did try to suggest using our snowshoes anyway but dad started off so I followed. Dad’s foot broke through at one spot, but it was only a couple of inches deep so he kept going. We made it and then put on our snowshoes for the next part. The snow was about 3 feet deep so the snowshoes were a good idea. We get to the first pole but the insulators were still out of reach. “Well, we may as well go back,” I suggested. “Nonsense,” said dad, “I will bend over and you can stand on my back.”

These are 2 different pins used to hold the insulators, they were screwed onto these pins.

I took my snowshoes off and climbed up onto dad’s back. It actually worked good. We got the insulators and went to the next pole. It was a bit taller but I could still reach by standing on dad. I would drop the insulators to dad and he would set them on his snowshoes. But he wasn’t quite ready for one insulator and “thump”, it hit him on the head. He groaned and moved, which caused me to lose my balance a bit and I kicked dad on the side of the head, knocking his hat and glasses off into the snow. He groaned more, moved some more and down I went.

Both dad and I ended up in that deep snow. I was completely covered and was wildly pushing snow away from my face. Poor dad was having trouble getting up since he still had his snowshoes on. Our snowshoes were the older wood framed variety and they were quite large, especially dad’s, since he was a rather big man. But it made it hard for him to get up. So once I was on my feet again, I unstrapped his snowshoes so he could get up more easily. However, somehow when I pulled dad’s snowshoe off, his boot came off too and fell into the deep snow.

This shows an insulator on a pin which was then attached to the crossarm on the pole.

“My boot!”, yelled dad, “and my glasses!” Guess he wasn’t too worried about his hat, or maybe he didn’t know that fell off too. Although considering his head was full of snow, he should have noticed. “You lost your hat too,” I said, “I’ll look for your glasses.” “No,” said dad, “I’ll do that, just get my boot.” I handed it to him and he started to put it on. “It’s full of snow!” he exclaimed, “why didn’t you dump it out?” “I figured you would do that,” I said and handed him his hat.

He actually found his glasses quite quickly. It’s amazing he didn’t break them more often, the way he kept losing them all the time when we were out together. We decided to move on to the next pole which was lower and maybe stop there for some coffee. But I think I will leave that for part 2 of this story. Dad and I always had fun on these outings and were able to get a good laugh about them afterwards. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

ยฉ2022 Steve McLeod

36 Comments on “Winter Insulator Hunt. Part 1.

  1. Hmmm…did you forget the coffee again ? …great photos and info ! Amazing, as you said , that his glasses usually survived or even found in the snow ! Sleep well ! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜ด

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    • Yep, dad was always dropping those glasses or losing them somehow! Have to wait until next time to see what happens! Have a good night!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜ป๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด

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  2. Well hello there ๐Ÿ‘‹
    Fancy seeing you this year lol Happy New Year!! ๐ŸŽŠ

    What a wonderful story โค๏ธ your dad sounds like a pretty awesome and funny dad

    That is a very sweet memory โค๏ธ

    My dad would just break out his accordion ๐Ÿช— and have us all dance around and make requests lol โ€ฆ he could play anything we asked lol

    We used to lovingly tease him for being nerdy – but he wasnโ€™t – just in some areas lol ๐Ÿ˜‰โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ always loved that

    We still have his accordion ๐Ÿช—โค๏ธ it is a treasure

    I see you have saved your Insulators โค๏ธโœŒ๏ธ

    Canโ€™t wait for your second part lol

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    • Hi Trisha! Happy New Year! Nice to see you again!๐ŸŽ†๐Ÿ’ฅ
      Dad and I had a lot of funny adventures together, I have a whole journal full of our adventures.๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ“š
      Wow, an accordion! That would be great! And it is a great treasure to hang onto.
      I still have some of the insulators, but I have had to get rid of some, just no where to keep all of them.
      Second part coming soon!๐Ÿ˜
      Are you excited about moving?๐Ÿค”
      Have a great weekend!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒ™โ˜•โ˜•

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      • Oh wow!! I bet that journal ๐Ÿ“” is amazing!! That alone is treasure!!

        I bet there are collectors for those insulators ??

        Yes I am both excited and thrilled but little nervous tooโ€ฆ because itโ€™s taken so long and such a hard road to this point โ€ฆ so I am excited – but canโ€™t quite believe it just yet. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        I am thrilled โค๏ธ

        Also little nervous to leave the place I ran to for respite โ€ฆ

        I am very excited – new chapter. I have just loved it here alot- have been safe and protected here

        Now I be on my own ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        I was able to get my strength back here โค๏ธ

        And of course is sooo incredibly beautiful

        But then I am also really excited to have my own house too ๐Ÿ˜ฎโค๏ธ and is so beautiful! And when stop and think what took to get here kinda chokes me up

        So itโ€™s a big step.

        No more country roadsโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        Alsoโ€ฆ they are all gonna make me cryโ€ฆ so there is also thatโ€ฆ

        I am sentimental and things โ€ฆ and I went through alotโ€ฆ

        They all have plans to give me things and that will make me cry just because without them I couldnโ€™t have stood so strongly – I was very lucky they came into my life and I made choices โ€ฆ

        And they already do alot for me and make sure I am ok – so just makes me cry

        I want to leave – but I am also sad to leave ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I have 2 sides of the coin on this ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        I hope you have great weekend too – tmrw I go to new house โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ omg I own a house by myself ๐Ÿ˜ฎ that trips me up too – never thought I could do on my own โค๏ธ

        Alsoโ€ฆ everything happened so fast โ€ฆ all of it!! Everything was crazy fast – makes my head spin

        Lol so yeah lol โ€ฆ I am excited but also not

        And then I am also exhausted from work cause thatโ€™s a whole thing lol

        Are you loving life currently โ€ฆ your bears must be hibernating โค๏ธ my dream in winter lol

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      • Yes, I like my journal, actually it’s 3 journals, but I always say it’s one because it’s all about adventures with my dad and I. Lots of great and crazy stories in there and so much fun to read them.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚
        That is so great that you have your own house now, a place you can really settle into and make your home!๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜€
        I have never owned a house, but I did own a cottage for several years and that was fantastic.๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿก๐ŸŒฒ
        Yes, there would be a lot of emotions on both sides, but you will really enjoy things once you get moved in knowing that it is yours!๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚
        Everything is great here, though it has been a bit cold at times. Our coldest night of the winter so far was -47F and a couple others around -40, lots in the -30s. It has been a cold winter and lots of snow.๐Ÿฅถโ„โ„โ„
        Yes, those bears are hibernating and should stay that way until April hopefully.๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ณ Nice not having them around, but it’s so cold I’m stuck in the apartment anyway! Oh well, it’s not so bad, at least I can walk down to the river without having to worry about the bears.๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿป
        Have a great day Trisha!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บโ˜•โ˜•

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      • That would be fun to read them!! What a wonderful thing you have there โค๏ธ โ€ฆ it sounds like you father was a great role model in your life and had a wonderful relationship with you โค๏ธ I love that you have that!!

        Yes I am excited about the house โค๏ธ – but I also understand itโ€™s gonna be work ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Iโ€™m a little nervous

        Yeah once totally actually sleeping there then yes I can maybe relax little lol โ€ฆ just hope I can handle ok ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ I not really a fix it or whatever person so – I guess Iโ€™ll be watching lots of YouTube lol

        OMG -47 ?! Nope ๐Ÿ‘Ž that sounds just brutal – Maine gets like that ๐Ÿ˜

        Being stuck in inside sounds awesome lol โ€ฆ especially when is sooooo cold!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        Yes bear free for moment lol

        Have a great day too ๐Ÿ˜ŠโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‹ โ˜€๏ธ

        โ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ

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      • Yes, my father and I had a great relationship and you’re right, he was my role model, he taught me so much about life and living right, good work ethics, everything.๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿ˜€
        You don’t like that nice cold weather?๐Ÿฅถ๐Ÿ˜‚
        I don’t really like it either actually, but that’s the way it goes I guess. Stay inside, keep warm, go out on the nicer days. Of course, even the nicer days are still kind of cold!๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿฅถ
        Yep, stay inside and drink coffee and hot chocolate and do my blogging!๐Ÿ˜‚โ˜•โ˜•
        Thanks, it was nice today and I had a great walk to the river today. It was 14F today and sunny!๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒž๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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      • I am touched by your fathers grasp of fatherhood that is awesome โค๏ธ you are very lucky to have such a great father – not all do.

        Is quite beautiful when parents actually parent โค๏ธ how touching โค๏ธ

        Lol – I am more of summer girl lol โ€ฆ I deal with winter but I envy bears cause they get to sleep through it lol โ€ฆ I wish I could!!

        I do not like being cold.

        Lol โ€ฆ I do the same – coffee and hot chocolate – but I have to venture out ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

        I get to blog when I am not exhausted lol ๐Ÿ˜˜โœŒ๏ธ

        Sometimes I am really exhausted

        Lol 14 degrees – no thank you – I do not know how you can withstand that ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ต

        When it goes 20โ€™s or 30โ€™s omg I can barely function lol

        Warming up the car ๐Ÿ™„

        Stepping outside ๐Ÿ˜

        And then at work everyone complains how cold they are lol

        We are Californians lol totally ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„โœŒ๏ธ

        We peel ourselves out of bed when is cold – and it is NOT easy!!

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      • Yes, both my parents were very good with parenting. You’re right, not everyone has parents like that and it’s sad. I am so thankful for both my parents.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜ป
        Warming up the car here is an impossible thing to do! Even letting it warm up for half an hour doesn’t do much, it’s still cold. It finally feels a bit warm by the time we get home from shopping!
        I’m a summer guy myself, this cold weather is just hard to deal with really.๐Ÿฅถ๐Ÿฅถ
        But we have it, so we have to deal with it!
        But it is so nice when spring finally arrives and we don’t have to spend 20 minutes getting dressed to go out!๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฒ
        Enjoy your warm days!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒžโ˜•โ˜•

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      • My parents were also good loving parents ๐Ÿฅฐโค๏ธ I miss them the way I had them. ๐Ÿ’” thatโ€™s the only thing – I wasnโ€™t ready to lose them like life made happen. So yeah ๐Ÿ’” little heartbroken with that always – I still want my momโ€ฆ but I also understand I have to let her go so she can have peace – that is hard

        Hahahaha by the time you get home ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ then the heat cranks ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

        Come to California lol

        I should move down south lol – but I am more of a Nor Cal girl, than So Cal

        I have San Fran, Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevadas, and my lovely valley ๐Ÿ™Œ

        I dunno – is so beautiful in every terrain โค๏ธ if I want snow – I go to itโ€ฆ although I donโ€™t want snow, so I donโ€™t lolโ€ฆ if I want beach – beach is there too

        We are entering spring I think ??? We have had the most beautiful sunny days and omg you should see the gorgeous sunset – makes the sky turn pink purple and orange and itโ€™s stunning ๐Ÿ˜ฎ like you canโ€™t take eyes off it!!! You just wanna stare!!

        Lol deal with it lol you are funny ๐Ÿ˜„

        Lol our mornings have been freezing to me (but again – Californian so my freezing is different than yours lol – I am wimp with cold lol)

        Yes loving the warm sunny days – ahhhh finally maybe spring ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

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  3. I love stories about your dad! It seems there was never a dull moment. We’re supposed to get snow in my neck of the woods today! โ„๏ธ โ˜ƒ๏ธโ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿงฃ ๐Ÿงค ๐Ÿงฅ ๐Ÿงฆ

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    • Thanks Eugenia! It’s fun writing about our adventures together as well. Wow, snow so far south! We had an inch of new snow this morning.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บโ˜•โ˜•๐ŸŒž

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      • We’re having snow showers now – a very light and wet snow. Not much accumulation yet. We live in North Georgia and not surprising to get snow this time of the year. Even the weather widget on my site shows snow in Atlanta and where we live is north of Atlanta. โ„๏ธโ„๏ธ

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      • We have been getting some light snow flurries all day, nothing serious. Should be the same tomorrow so hopefully I can get to the river again. If we get that snowstorm on Tuesday that could end my walking again for a while.๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ™€

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    • Back then we didn’t have a camera except one of those cheap things that was useless, kept freezing in the cold. This was before our digital camera age. At that time insulators were the goal, not pictures anyway! Those days are long gone, my dad passed away years ago. Glad you enjoyed our adventure!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น

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