the last drive before snow

It’s seven o’clock and still dark. I’m not sure if it will be light by 8. I can’t see outside but I can hear the wind rushing around the house. We must have a window open a tiny crack because I can hear a whistling coming from somewhere. Winter came with a bang this year. The weather guys told us to expect this “snow event” but I’m still a little shocked at how much snow we really are getting. I’ve still got loads left to do outside before we are sequestered inside for the duration. Being on crutches has slowed me down too. I’m usually a little further in the winter prep by now. It’ll all get done. The boys have been wonderful minions~ executing my every wish.  I’m just a control freak.

Rachael was home from college in Missoula for the week end. And we took a nice long drive into the mountains as a family. So I’m going to post those pictures since it was still nice and green-ish. (I think we will be looking at many snow pictures for the next several months.)

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The dogs came with. They are part of the family.


We made a bee-line for the Park. You can see there was already snow on these mountains. And the wind was pretty high too.

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Bowman Lake, GNP

It was pretty chilly. You can kind of see the choppy lake water here.


The colors were lovely.


The sun was trying to peek out but never really made a strong appearance.

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I think this was the last trip before the snow flies.

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Goodbye fall


(PS: the original post title was “Snow~ a lot of it” but this isn’t really about snow at all. It’s more about the last drive before snow. So I changed the title. I don’t think you are supposed to do that but oh well. Snow happens!)

Weather: Snow. High near 25. Blustery, with a north northwest wind around 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Tonight a 50 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Wind chill values as low as zero. (Wow! This is really early. We often have wind chill zero or below in Jan or sometimes late Dec but very rarely in early Nov.) Blustery, with a north wind 18 to 23 mph decreasing to 7 to 12 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible. (This is actually a better forecast than what we were expecting. If you look back at the Oct 31st post, we were supposed to have 1- 3 inches. Now we are down to “around an inch”.)

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7 thoughts on “the last drive before snow

  1. O my gosh!!!! Beautiful pics!!!! And darn cold!!! Im thinking too cold for daddys shorts, boots and sweatshirt!! I love you guys and miss you!! what books is everyone reading?? Is Tim still home?

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    1. Hi Margaret~ Tim has returned to the other great white north. It’s still snowing here! 8 inches and more to come. Really, really surprised! I’ll have more pics/ stories to come later. That’s soooo true of Daddy. Miss that guy….
      love you.

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  2. Pretty pictures! What are those orange trees in the background? I bet your car smells wonderful after a trip with two teen boys and two wet dogs??

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  3. Hey CFall~ thanks! The orange trees are the Tamarack turning colors. They are one (maybe the only~ have to look that one up) coniferous tree to lose its needles in the fall. The drive was great. We had a wonderful time. We are completely snowbound now so that trip is even more precious: smelly boys, dogs and all!
    Thanks for reading!

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  4. I love love the picture of your daughter looking out the window- your location is so beautiful- I am tempted to come up and give you a hand myself just to get in the mountains – where are you again ( just round about – not exactly)

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    1. Yes, our (only daughter with all these boys!) is lovely. She definitely takes after her father’s side of the family 🙂
      We reside in the great white wilds of NW Montana~ 90 day growing season- wonderful adventurous place to grow boys.

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