Snow in Tahoe

January 26, 2008 at 1:33 am (Gypsy Life)

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of moving, snow, and moving lots of snow. We arrived to Tahoe just in time to enjoy the biggest storm of the year. In the past, news of snow would have been nothing short of thrilling, but living in it is a whole new story. We spend several days shoveling paths, digging out firewood, digging out cars, sprinkling the driveway with a de-icing agent, picking at the ice, and simply trying to navigate the luge that is our road. We are not just living in Tahoe, we are living at Fallen Leaf Lake, 4 miles off of Highway 89 on a one-lane road that is experiencing only its second winter of being plowed. The other residents at the Lake are used to driving in and out of their homes via snowmobiles. They have beefy 4wd trucks with studded snow tires and, while they are happy to lend a helping hand, they laugh at our complaints about the road being icy or full of snow. Additionally, our house does not possess a heating system other than a wood-burning stove. So, we spend about 10% of our awake hours building fires and trying to keep them lit. It’s interesting and definitely confidence building learning how to live and drive in the snow, but it’s also a lot of work.

Other than that, we’ve been skiing quite a bit and snowshoeing when we don’t feel like leaving our little haven here. The snow has been fantastic and the past few days have brought more light, fluffy, powder. Can’t really ask for more than that.


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