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Trip Start Sep 28, 2013
Trip End Apr 26, 2014

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Lynn and I got up here to our lake place last Thursday afternoon.  I had had an appointment in the morning, but we got out before noon.  Since we are closing up the place for winter, and snow was on the ground here, I couldn't bring the "Silver Bullet" van.  It has no snow tires and is not front-wheel drive.  I know that you get the picture.  So, we brought both the Sooby and Lynn's Honda Accord.

We stopped for lunch at the Avon Cafe after an uneventful drive over McDonald Pass.  Taking that route, we avoided any snow and ice on the roadway.  Isn't the internet a great tool for planning a trip?

Anyway, the food at the Cafe is tasty and voluminous.  We split another Club Sandwich with hand-cut fries.  A great choice, it was.  Stop by if you've got a hankerin' for some good eats.

When we arrived here, from experience, I could tell there had been about eight inches of snow.  It had settled some, but still maintained the beauty of a winter's day.

Our primary goal this trip was to winterize the house, plus Lynn wanted to make the delicious Pear Amber Marmalade. Those of you who follow Facebook, know all about this project, so suffice it to say that two double batches netted a skosh over three and a half gallons of the semi-liquid gold.

We had a few water-system challenges which didn't really hamper our enjoyment.  The Coots arrived on schedule from the far north, somewhere.  

Oh, and did I mention the Moose?  Last eve, a cow with a pair of yearling calves showed up just a bit before sunset. Shortly before dinnertime this eve, they reappeared with an escort, a very large bull.  He ate a few bites at the relative's place and then wandered over in front of our place.  He more or less attacked the willows with his antlers for a bit and then laid down within marble-shooting distance of our deck...that is if you're an olympic marble shooter. Just to be on the safe side, for once, I got all of my pictures tonight through the windows. Fear is a great motivator. ;o)

We'll be leaving tomorrow afternoon and heading back home. It's been a most interesting, eclectic time here.

All of the photos, back to our return from Washington, be here.  Only the two videos of the Coots and Cow and calf moose will be on Flickr, since they don't work on this site. There's also some pics of the Bull Moose that I took just after I posted this.  All are worth a watch, IMHO...

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ferdie on

Hey, nice shots! So many little time!! See you back in Hln!

Debbie Shea on

great shots ralph, thanks for the update.

cherie on

love the winter under the cornice shot

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