Full Version: Greetings from the Great White North!

From: Vicky (ANDERI) [#1]
 7 Feb 2007

You thought that was just a figure of speech, didn't you?

Thought I'd post this pic of my back yard that I took a few minutes ago. Just so those of you who live in Southern California or Hawaii or other similarly jealousy-inspiring places can see just what you're missing! ;-)

The shot was taken at my eye leve, so you're looking down at the yard. See that lump of snow on the deck? That's actually one of those giant green Rubbermaid storage containers (we use it to store basketballs and soccer balls and such). The snow directly in front of the deck would have been deeper, but we were trying to dig it out to build an ice rink (which you can't do if it's snowing, which it hasn't stopped doing since we decided to build a rink... :'-( ).

Anyone wanna come for a visit? We have great innertube runs in the area! :D

From: Dee (DEENA-ONLY) [#2]
 7 Feb 2007
To: Vicky (ANDERI) [#1] 7 Feb 2007

Winter is my favorite season. When we lived in CT. our property had a downward slope. You could start on a sled at the front of the house & slide down 3/4 of an acre & if you weren't careful land in a creek.

Here in sunny but cold NJ we haven't had anything but snow flurries this winter. :-(


EDITED: 7 Feb 2007 by DEENA-ONLY

From: gt350ed [#3]
 7 Feb 2007
To: Vicky (ANDERI) [#1] 7 Feb 2007

Great photo, Vicky! Believe it or not, we have pictures of our property that show every bit as much snow from one storm as your photo.

The shocker is that we live in Sothern California; although in the High Desert area, with an elevation at our house of about 3,850 ft.

We've actually had this amount several times over the years. Usually about 3-5 snowfalls per season of varying amounts. This year, virtually nothing so far.

From: Vicky (ANDERI) [#4]
 7 Feb 2007
To: gt350ed [#3] 7 Feb 2007

Well, there ya go! They say you learn something new every day. I've learned a couple dozen things on this forum alone today! :-)

I had no idea that any part of California got any "real" amounts of snow on a regular basis. I figured this year's crop freeze was a freak of nature (or of global warming, but we won't go there >.< ), and that was about the extent of any "cold" weather you folks saw down there.

So, I did a quick Google search on the High Desert - lovely place!

Anyone else want to edumacate me on American geography? B-)

From: John (ICTJOHN) [#5]
 7 Feb 2007
To: Vicky (ANDERI) [#4] 7 Feb 2007

It has been proven recently that Kansas is flatter than a pancake............. :O)

From: Vicky (ANDERI) [#6]
 7 Feb 2007
To: John (ICTJOHN) [#5] 7 Feb 2007

Ahhh....That would make it a crêpe (pronounced sort of like "creyp", not "creep" ;-) )

From: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#7]
 7 Feb 2007
To: John (ICTJOHN) [#5] 8 Feb 2007

It has been proven recently that Kansas is flatter than a pancake

...and that western Kansas has one tree and a buffalo. B-)

From: Cody (BOBTNAILER) [#8]
 7 Feb 2007
To: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#7] 7 Feb 2007

But at least it's windy there, too.

From: John (ICTJOHN) [#9]
 8 Feb 2007
To: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#7] 8 Feb 2007

I think I heard that tree fell on top of the buffalo, now the only thing that is worth going out there is... the Colorado state line :O)


From: Boz (CHEDDARHEAD) [#10]
 8 Feb 2007

Ah Vicky, you're not supposed to say anything to anyone. We have this lovely little area that we want to keep that way. SSSSSSHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Now that the cat is out of the bag, we might as well go on and gloat. Saturday, we left the shop at 9:00 AM and it was 15 below 0. We drove 3 hours to northern Minnesota to meet someone and pick up a machine. At noon, in the Wallly World parking lot in Alexandria, MN. it was a balmy -14 degrees with a nice fresh 20 mph breeze. It took exactly 6 minutes to find her van in a pretty busy parking lot, circle it once to let her know we were there, back up to her van, open the tailgate, lift the machine out of her van and place it in the back of the truck, lash it down, wave goodbye, and drive away. She rolled her window down as I was getting into the truck and said, Hi I'm <name>. I left my ski mask in place and said, nice to meet ya, I'm a bank robber. And off we went. No further dicussion needed. We made it back to Hudson about 6:30 PM and our high for the day's trip was -9 degrees.

On Sunday, our high temp was -8.

Today it started out at -14 this morning, but it is going to get all the way up to 9 DEGREES ABOVE 0. Yippeeeeeeee. And we are all walking around with our coats open and saying "It's not too bad today."

So Vicky, when I saw the picture you posted, and had my wrist touching my desk, which feels to be about 50 degrees, all I could do was shivver.

But it sure makes us appreciate those two weeks of road construction we get every July. I even take my polar fleece off and wash it during the two weeks of summer. 8-O

From: Cody (BOBTNAILER) [#11]
 8 Feb 2007
To: Boz (CHEDDARHEAD) [#10] Unread

You only have 2 weeks of road construction????

Wow.....it's a year-around thing in Texas.

It's so bad here that we changed our official "state animal" to a traffic barricade.

From: Vicky (ANDERI) [#12]
 8 Feb 2007
To: Cody (BOBTNAILER) [#11] 10 Feb 2007

Haven't you heard? The four seasons in Canada (and apparently in the Northern US as well) are:

People around here actually prefer driving in winter because the snow fills in all the potholes. :O)

EDITED: 8 Feb 2007 by ANDERI

From: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#13]
 8 Feb 2007
To: Cody (BOBTNAILER) [#11] 10 Feb 2007


I thought Texas started a new economical Department of Transportation (DOT) construction barricade program. I heard the DOT employees were painting the road kill along the highways a reflective orange color, than aligning them in the direction they wanted traffic to go. :D

From: basehorawards [#14]
 8 Feb 2007
To: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#7] 8 Feb 2007

Did you know we (Kansas) used to have a National Forest?


and the largest elm tree in the nation? By country living standards it was just down the road from our farm. Unbelievably huge with branches that were 6 feet in diameter. It finally succumbed to the weather and age.


Well, now that I think about it this is north central kansas

From: logojohn [#15]
 8 Feb 2007
To: basehorawards [#14] 8 Feb 2007

largest elm tree in the nation

Don't forget another of Kansas' great attractions - the "World's largest hand-dug well". There is even a sign on the highway for it!

If you visit there for 2 days you can also make time for The World's Largest Ball of Twine . . . No joke. http://skyways.lib.ks.us/kansas/towns/Cawker/twine.html We got a call and actually had to reschedule work in Liberal, Kansas. It fell on shrove Tuesday and it couldn't be done on that important of a day. All the local ladies race down the street while flipping pancakes in a frying pan and the same time people in England do it to find a winner. http://www.cityofliberal.com/thingstodo/spevents/pancake.html I lived there for 7 years traveling all over the state.

EDITED: 8 Feb 2007 by LOGOJOHN

From: basehorawards [#16]
 8 Feb 2007
To: logojohn [#15] 9 Feb 2007

We also have a world-class space museum


and an incredible dinasaur museum


and who could come to Kansas without seeing these gems
The Garden of Eden (and you thought it was in Mesopotamia)


Rock City


and for a small town with a lot of heart and a lot of neat stuff to see


When our kids were younger and not as busy with school we used to take trips around the state to see all the sights

P.S. if you make it to Wamego then you really ought to take the short trip up Onaga road to my birthplace


They don't have my childhood home on the Sites of Interest yet but just wait until my oldest becomes the first astronaut to play soccer on Mars and I'm sure they will add it.

Vicky what do you have up there besides snow?

From: John (ICTJOHN) [#17]
 9 Feb 2007
To: basehorawards [#16] 9 Feb 2007

Oh, and in the southern part of the state, US Highway 54 is officially called "The Yellow Brick Road" - you just click your heels together and you're home!


From: basehorawards [#18]
 9 Feb 2007
To: John (ICTJOHN) [#17] 9 Feb 2007

When I told my wife about this thread she mentioned about six more neat places. If we keep at it eventually we will be able to pull all these threads and make a travel guide for Kansas.

From: Vicky (ANDERI) [#19]
 9 Feb 2007
To: basehorawards [#16] 9 Feb 2007

Vicky what do you have up there besides snow?
Ummm.... polar bears? Just kidding. Those are a little further north than I am. :O)

Gosh, if you're looking for sight-seeing or historical attractions, we have more than I could ever possibly list. Ontario seems to be where all the explorers landed in their search for the trade routes to China, but got confused by all the big lakes and wound up going south instead. ;-)

But I'm not as attached to Ontario as you seem to be to your State. I'm a native born 'n' raised Quebecer. Spent the first 30 years of my life there, so it'll always be "home" to me. If you're looking for a less expensive European vacation, you could always go to Montreal or Quebec City. :-) Excellent food, great skiing, lots of history.

From: LG (WAIIB) [#20]
 9 Feb 2007
To: basehorawards [#18] 9 Feb 2007

Besides the space museum, we will also soon have a salt mine museum 600-700 ft. down. www.undergroundmuseum.org/ ICTJOHN has some neat places over there. Sports Hall of Fame, Exploration Place, the Zoo.

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