|Winter Photos by my daughter, Amanda|
The land is so beautiful after a snow. I am lucky because I work at home and do not have to commute.
It snowed all day February 1st. On February 2 (ironically Groundhog Day celebrated for a critter's ability to predict the length of Winter), the temperature at my home reached 12 degrees (F) below zero and my hot water pipe at the water heater froze. Moriarty, a town about 45 minutes east of my home, reached 34 degrees (F) below zero, the coldest in the USA that day. This has been the coldest weather in 40 years here in New Mexico. We haven't had a lot of snow except for the 6 inches we got the first week of February. Albuquerque got about 4 inches of snow and the temperature dropped to below zero. The city just came to a stop. Water pipes were breaking all over the city and cars crashed on the ice. The major highways like I-25 north and south and I-40 east and west closed. The worst that happened was a huge natural gas outage in New Mexico affecting more than 32,000 residents. More than 16,000 residents still do not have gas as of today:
We don't use natural gas or propane. We have an all-electric house on a "time-of-use" meter to help us manage our electricity usage by using non-peak hours for our high electricity demands. We installed the wood stove last summer to help reduce our heating bills and to be our back-up source of heat in an electrical outage.
|My house in Sandia Park is at 6900 ft. elevation|
|After shoveling my neighbor's driveway, we went sledding.|
Photo by Alma Quillian
|My driveway a week after the storm. |
I couldn't get out of the driveway with my Camry because of the snow.
Luckily we have a 4 WD vehicle.
My oldest daughter, Amanda, and I went snowshoeing in the Sandia Mountains. I don't ski anymore since I broke my leg skiing at Angel Fire in December, 2000. We have a ski resort about 6 miles from our house on the Sandia Crest highway for snowboarding and skiing. There are many cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails here, too. In January each year, Friends of the Sandia Mountains sponsors the Sandia Snow Shoe Race. I didn't do the Snow Shoe Race this year, but I did volunteer to get Sponsers for this year's race and I helped at the registration table.
|Blue crisp skies along the Tree Spring Trail|
Photo by Amanda
|Making a Snow Angel in the snow|
|View of Albuquerque from Sandia Crest|
|The Sandia Crest Scenic Byway|
Photo by Amanda
|Amanda snowshoeing in the Sandia Mountains|
|Today, as dawn breaks, a new storm is on it's way|