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|Feb 22, 2014
|Feb 20, 2014
A Little Help Reading the Paper
|Feb 13, 2014
We had lots of fun and it was not too cold (which meant the snow was pretty wet and thick). And we ran into Julia, Ivey, Cashius and their parents (who moved a few blocks away, unfortunately no longer on our block).
We also ran into Robert’s mentor from school, Evan the fifth grader, getting big air as well:You can see there had been a lot of folks on the slope — not was well maintained as the Olympic slopes (no matter what they say).
It was a fun afternoon.
The light drizzle stopped this afternoon and the snow was OK — clearly well used. It started snowing again later in the afternoon.
We’re expecting temperatures to drop below freezing soon, so the slushy snow will make for a frozen base.Robert stopped just shy of the drop off to the sidewalk and street — but he tried hard to get that far.
That’s me avoiding the jump (but getting closer to the trees than I wanted).
And Sarah’s sitting upright style while bypassing the jump, with Robert in the background.We’ve heard that Robert’s school (and pretty much all the schools) will be closed tomorrow. Now we’re waiting on that 4 am call by OPM to see if we both get to stay home or if Sarah has to go to her new job and I get to stay home with Robert (And the sleds).
The Snow is Here
OK, so he had some help in getting that buried in his fort.
The forecast is for a bit more snow over the next 24 hours (if the temperatures cooperate).
Usually OPM waits until 4 am to decide on the status of the DC area federal agencies; this time, with the storm clearly coming up the coast and dumping lots of snow in its path, we knew at 9:45 (not too much later than Robert’s school announced it would be closed).We’re waiting to see how quickly it can be cleared up and how much more we get: school tomorrow? not likely. Work tomorrow? a bit more likely…
And of course we’re waiting to see how long the snow fort lasts…
|Feb 02, 2014
Breaking the Ice
There were no signs saying don’t molest the ice. (At least, none visible from the water.)
And while it was pretty, you can’t argue it was anything other than ephemeral.
And really, sort of dangerous: a small kid might be tempted to climb up on top.
So we did our part to keep small children safe and removed this particular temptation.It was fun to break it down.
And very satisfying.
Oh yeah, and it sounded cool too!
Sometimes it is very rewarding to help protect the younger generation like that.
And of course, there were lots of cool ice bergs and cliffs — we didn’t break them all. Hard to say what will happen with the ice next; it was 60 today and talk of snow tomorrow.
We paddled around a bit, broke up some ice bergs, rode some ice bergs and saw the Jones Point Lighthouse from a new view.And we noticed a cool plate tectonics demonstration: the tide was going out and we saw this sheet of ice sliding over the other sheet as it headed out to sea with the tide (carrying us with it for a little while).
We were curious what was going to happen when the top sheet hit that extra chunk of ice attached to the bottom sheet. The top one broke up a bit before loosening the chunk and sweeping it along.
We saw one channel marker stuck in the ice and were thinking about rescuing it. But I got spooked watching it getting pulled under the ice, so we abandoned the rescue mission and returned to opener water.We stayed aware of where the ice was, which way it was going and where our out was as we paddled around in it. And we were never threatened by being stuck in the ice — but we weren’t able to get around the bridge piling we were trying to sneak around.
Probably most impressive was how quickly it changed as we helped to free some huge chunks to float down on the tide.
|Feb 01, 2014
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