It’s magical to wake up to a world turned white and frozen when just the evening before it was brown. Our house sits in the middle of five acres we call The Golden K and stretches up to higher ground behind behind us. Each year on the morning of the first significant snowfall we put on our boots and cold weather gear and lead our three Golden Retrievers (The Girls) up the hill to take in the beauty. After three years of living in the mountains my romantic vision of life at 3100 feet remains strong. Like the black tail deer, the swooshing of the wind blown pines, and warm summer evenings under the stars, the snow is part of that romantic vision.
Mother Nature can be a fantastic artist using the earth as her pallet. But she is also incredibly powerful and that power must be respected. It’s reassuring to know that under certain conditions schools and business will close so students, families, and workers are not at risk on icy roads early in the morning. With these past storms there were many fallen trees causing road closures and electrical outages. That’s another reason that families may need or want to stay home. They may need to tend to damage caused by the storm, help an elderly neighbor, or come together with community members to clear roads and driveways.
A big part of this community in times of need are our first responders. The electric company crews worked non-stop for days to restore power to thousands of homes during recent back to back storms. First responders have families and homes of their own but they work tirelessly to help so many others. Roadside assistance vehicles are overloaded with calls for vehicles stuck on the road or in the snow. On cold snowy nights with temperatures below freezing this can be frightening or even life threatening. With families of their own these tow trucks and sheriff and police officers patrol our roads and towns to keep 0ur community as safe as possible. And of course there are the men and women who wake up in the cold of night to plow the roads so that those that must drive early in the morning can be reasonably safe.
The Top Of The Golden K
We’re blessed at The Golden K to have the flexibility in our schedules to take a self-imposed snow day or two. Those days where we stay close to home and enjoy the season. Leading The Girls to the top of the property in the snow is a favorite tradition. It’s magic place to be on the first morning of a significant snow fall. Pictures can capture only so much of the emotion, the gladness, and gratitude that I feel when I’m at the top of our world; at the top of The Golden K.