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good news : winter is alive and well in california!!

3.10.2010



last week, before ceej left the country on business for two long weeks,
we took a short, but oh so lovely, ski trip to echo lake in the sierras.
i got a couple of blisters, and ceej was kind and took it easy the entire day...
he even bandaged my "wounds" for me
{after i fell over trying to stand on one leg while still attached to skiis}.






it was fun to see this lake during winter
with the docks covered with snow,
and finding peeps of color from little boats stowed away for the cold months.








i think i wouldn't mind having a little cabin on this lake.
think of the summer fun you could have swimming, canoeing, hiking, and
roasting marshmallows...
and the winters full of hot cocoa, cross country skiing, and moonlight sledding!





























our little snow picnic was perfect.
we found a dock where the sun had melted away a little snow...
making it the perfect place to settle in to enjoy our little lunch,
hot cocoa and all!
love that ceej packs in his little stove to make sure i've got something
to put in my mouth to keep me as warm as possible.
oh, how he takes care of me!
miss him so very much.






i headed out while ceej ran up another mountain quickly to ski a bit more...
and a storm moved in.
it was one of those storms with big flakes and no wind.
so very beautiful and peaceful...
yet i felt a slight sense of terror, realizing what such a soft storm
meant for people in the mid nineteenth century crossing these mountains
and getting trapped.
beautiful. terrible.
mother earth is a wondrous woman.














i was really beginning to feel like my days of winter were a myth of old...
happy to find snow still covering the mountains.
i love spring, but i don't fully trust it...
because it leads to the heat of summer.
i'll take spring, fall, winter any day.


27 comments:

Lainey said...

Oh, what a fun trip! The pictures are gorgeous!

Teresa said...

Oh Ann Marie!
The pictures are just breath taking. How romantic to be in those beautiful snowy mountains and be sipping hot chocolate!
sorry you got blisters...nothing worse!
xxooxx

Laura said...

Beautiful! I am in complete agreement on summer. It always makes me a little sad when spring comes, because I know what's around the corner. Fall, on the other hand... is the one I really welcome!

Sarah C said...

lovely pictures, as always. your posts always leave me with slight feelings of wanderlust.

(thanks for sharing, though. a little wanderlust never hurt anyone.)

Joana said...

I can't wait for Spring to come,but a winter like that would make me smile all day long.

jill said...

We've been to Echo Lake, but in May and it was so beautiful as well. We were staying in South Lake Tahoe and took a drive there. In fact we have a photo hanging of hubby on the end of a dock.

Your photos are beautiful!

Hopefully, your 2 weeks will go by quickly!

Meghan said...

These are the most incredible photos in the world! I cannot believe how beautiful and inviting the snow is!

kelly ann said...

these are so dreamy and gorgeous! i was in lake tahoe for new year's and it was like this... it was just stunning. and people say california doesn't have seasons, oh they are wrong. ;) so glad you had a great time (aside from the wounds)!

tinypaperheart said...

love your writing. :)

the southern hostess said...

I love these pictures. I have snow envy.

Blog Princess G said...

Your blog is always such a joy to visit... thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts and sensitive, artistic nature and these great photographs! And I'm loving the "love being a woman" series!

c abreu said...

you have luck ; ) mr. darcy is love. and my city it's so hot... so not like this pictures

Kim Klassen said...

beautiful images and words.. wonderful....

Caitlin said...

I am in Sacramento not far from there and I love snow. I hope I can check that place out soon! So beautiful and fun!

Elie's Papel said...

those images are amazing... love the whole place covered with snow!

Caroline said...

These photos are wonderful!! I am headed to Tahoe in April... hopefully there will still be some snow!! XO

Joanna said...

Looks positively dreamy!

Dancing Branflake said...

Beautiful photos! I love these mountains. Reminds me of my childhood. Thank you for posting!

katrina said...

your pictures make snow and the cold look so inviting. lovely!

pearl. said...

WOW!
i have never seen snow in real life, it must be amazing. especialy when its so thick and fresh! u lucky thing to live in that part of the world.
Pearl xo

Gypsy Purple said...

Absolutely fabulous pictures

{gypsycab} said...

photos are gorgeous! lucky you the scenery looks perfectly dreamy...

em said...

Stunning pic's.
They remind me of the winter I spent in Mammoth and our weekend trips to ride June.
How i miss those days.

whit said...

Love love love the pictures. You guys a one dreamy couple. Hang in there while he's away..read some books, practice yoga. He'll be back soon!!!

*m a r said...

Don't we all love the snow!
Love your blog! Nice to have found you! Will sign up to follow right now!

Have a nice day!

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S. Etole said...

I feel like I am in the tiptop of a tree in that last one ...

thais. said...

great pics! how romantic...it made me miss the snow we missed this year.