Snowpocalypse part 3: Disclaimer

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I can already hear the smirking responses!  To those of you readers who live in snowy climates (I’m looking at you, Canadians, Mid-Westerners, and East-Coasters!), I recognize that 1 foot doesn’t seem like an extraordinary event, in and of itself.  Keep in mind a few things:

  • Seattle-ites are just not used to it (see the data, above)
  • we don’t have a lot of equipment to deal with the snow
  • it’s really, really HILLY here!

Put those all together, and it’s actually quite an event here.  At times, it can be a little scary.

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Snowpocalypse Update

Well, we are 48+ hours into the Snowpocalypse, and boy does it not disappoint!  So far, we have accumulated over 1 foot of snow, and there’s supposedly more to come.  Apparently, this is already the most snow Seattle has gotten in February since 1949!



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The Snowpocalypse is upon us

Flakes are falling, beautifully, lightly on Seattle right now. It’s supposed to be the biggest snow we’ve had in decades… ur we will see how true that turns out to be.

You know, it’s funny… this blog began, some 7 years ago, in a snow storm. As I’m watching the flakes fall down now, it makes sense to me.

First of all, it’s eventful. It doesn’t happen very often (especially in Seattle.). You immediately get the feeling that this is special… and that makes you want to tell someone else about it.

Second: there’s nothing else to do. Especially in Seattle, where the entire city only has 39 snowplows, your options are limited and you life slows down a bit.

Sit tight- I’ll keep you updated! But, it begins.

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Breakout Day for some Learning Ski-ers



Tim called it a “breakout day” of skiing with Abigail and Evelyn.    It was a breakout because, up to this day,  his girls had been generally unenthusiastic attitude about  skiing. In the previous winter,  Abigail got to be comfortable on the bunny hill but was ready to quit skiing altogether because she had a  bad run with her Opa on the Quicksilver trail.   Evie was not certain that she wanted to try to ski anymore.

Fortunately this day turned out differently.     After the first run on the bunny hill,  Evie was now skiing on her own.  Abigail was cautious at first but after two or so runs, she too sped down the hill without waiting for me.

The “bunny hill” at Crystal Mountain is called the Discovery Meadow and is truly a meadow for it has a very gradual slope to it.  It is excellent starting place for beginner skiers because one can’t gain much speed at all.  On the other hand, this modest little hill doesn’t offer much challenge, and the next toughest trail at Crystal is quite a bit more challenging.

Abbey and Evelyn were doing so well on the bunny hill that dad Tim decided that the girls needed to try the next step up in terms of difficulty at Crystal.  The staff at Crystal recommended the  Tinkerbell Trail.   So, with that advice, we skied over to the base of the Chinook Double Chair  to get to  Tinkerbell.   We had been warned that the top portion of Tinkerbell was quite steep for a beginner, and that the girls might struggle with it.

Once off the Chinook Lift, we traversed along Broadway looking for signs for Tinkerbell.  Finally, we found the sign for this trail. As we were warned, the top portion of the trail was not a simple green trail but was in the blue category of trail difficulty.  Tim guided Abbey down this steep pitch by putting Abbey between his legs, and I did the same with Evie.  The girl were not comfortable on this steep portion.  Then, the slope of the trial lessened in pitch,  then the girls were on their own.   This pitch was definitely steeper than the bunny hill, but the girls handled it well.    Each made good snowplow turns without  any falls. When they got to the bottom of Tinkerbell, both were smiling and were proud of their success.

That was enough of Tinkerbell for this day.  We headed back to the Discovery Meadow for the balance of the day.   The girls didn’t need either Tim or me any longer and just sped down this meadow without difficulty.  They were enjoying themselves, and that was the great accomplishment of this day!


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Double date Night: Escape Room

D&C got us an “experience present” for Christmas this year: an Escape Room night. I had never heard of such a thing before I opened up the present…

Our night involved King Arthur, Sir Galahad, and the Quest for the Holy Grail.

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Christmas in Leavenworth, part 2


Well, we just left Leavenworth.   This was one of those trips that deserves 2 albums, so here’s the second one.

Ho, ho, ho.  Merry Christmas




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Christmas Vacation 2018, Leavenworth.




Official Christmas Vacation began this afternoon as we took off in Uncle Mikes 15 passenger van and, along with the 4 other Impola families and 3 additional Impola siblings, head to Leavenworth to Mountain Springs Lodge, where we have been before.

Leavenworth, WA is kind of like “the place to celebrate Christmas” in Washington state, if you want that kind of classic, snowy, Norman-Rockwell type place to celebrate.  Indeed, at times these last few days, things have seemed so picturesque and beautiful I’ve looked over my shoulder to see if there was a TV camera filming- it seems so Christmas-sy.




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