Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ANOTHER ESCAPE TO HARRIMAN

Cures for cabin fever during long Idaho winters come in many forms.  Some of the best involve dressing up warm and just getting out in the snow.

 Some people carry this to extremes like my dear hubby.  He has passed the insanity on to his sons, grandsons and even his sons in law.

 As soon as there is questionably thick ice on the favorite lake, DH and his fishing buddies are out there drilling for trout. Fish caught this way have wonderful flavor so I don’t complain.

 No, my idea of a fun time in the snow involves cross-country skis or snow shoes and a view like this one of an icy river and swans.   (This time the only camera I took was my new cell-phone.  I was impressed with the quality of the photos.  The original of this shot is over 4,000 pixels wide at 72dpi.  I brought it down to 800px for faster loading)

 If I want to see the swans I have to ski over this bridge.  It scares me every time, especially like yesterday when the track was icy and the skis go FAST.

 Harriman State park has an extensive trail system with ranch buildings which have been converted to use for visitors.  The main lodge was open with bathroom, hot chocolate, fireplace and big screen t.v.

 I passed up the ranch and continued out to the lookout over the river.  Since it was a holiday there were plenty of other skiers to keep me company.

 By the time I got to the lookout I was looking for more than scenery.

There has always been a portable outhouse, (a.k.a. kybo) there for people like me who need such a break. (btw, this photo was taken just a few years ago with my first cell phone.  Amazing difference in quality)

Even though kybo seats in the winter are rimmed with frost which promotes hovering, they are still a welcome sight.

 Squatting in winter woods with lots of company is really not an option.  It’s amazing how FAST one can ski with crossed legs.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

HOW TO BUILD A SNOWMAN IN LESS THAN FOUR MINUTES (give it a few seconds to load)

My second and probably last video project for a while.  This one went a lot smoother except I had to change background music to a song that wasn't under copyright after I'd spent quite a bit of time matching the action to the music. I like this music better anyway.

This is a follow-up of some creative snowman construction which happened when a big snow fell as a Christmas present last December.  The snow was a little dry and wouldn't roll so the workers--grandkids and kid--improvised by packing the snow in tubs and buckets.