|The teeth on this snow blower were serious sharp|
|The snowbank on the edge of the road was pretty impressive, especially for this time of year|
|Little M enjoyed walking around in the snow for the first time (she wasn't walking yet in the winter)|
|She absolutely loved squashing it under her feet!|
After we drove up to the top and turned around we started back down, and stopped at one last lookout to take a group picture and have some lunch. We got to watch a little avalanche come down in pieces above the road, which was pretty neat!
Afterwards, we did a loop drive of my favorite biking loop in the upper valley, and ended up at the mudslide that happened last week. My husband was there shortly after it happened, and it affected one of the lakes that is partly a reservoir for an irrigation ditch that I have worked on a bit through my work, so we thought it would be fun to go up and check it out with the fam. The creek runs down a narrow valley, and what they think happened is it got dammed up in the valley, which allowed a lot of water to pile up and then when it released it just tore down, taking lots of wood and mud with it. It must have been pretty crazy when it happened!
|The mudslide wiped out most of an alfalfa field after wiping the road out|
|The mud line goes way up the hill side|
|There were lots of trees & boulders along with the mud|
|big logs got pushed way up the hillside by the force of the mud & water|
|The stream used to be little and surrounded by lots of vegetation, now the valley is wide open|
Once we finished our hike we drove back down and into town to pick some things up to continue our fix-up tasks. I'll keep posting about them over the next couple of days :) There are some we didn't quite finish, so I'm trying to finish them before too long. Expect some hummingbird photos, a how to make your own stair risers post, and maybe even a bit about rewiring the outlet for our new dryer. Have a great weekend everyone!