Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Snowy Trip

This past weekend we made our annual trek to the Sierras for our winter family trip.  Little did we know that we would be there for the largest storm to hit the Sierras in over a decade.  They have had an incredible amount of snow this year so our chains we kept handy and were needed early on the way up.  They never came off.

Although it is always a bit nerve wracking to drive under those conditions, the drive was spectacularly beautiful.  We were scheduled to leave Sunday morning, but we were snowed in after receiving 4-5 feet of fresh snow between Saturday and Sunday.  All roads were closed in and out.  We thought Monday was a no go as well, but they managed to avalanche blast and clear the southbound route by 4 p.m.  It was a very slow go down the mountainside with a CHP caravan and chains, but the drive was phenomenal.  It was just in time as the food supply was dwindling as well as the wine!!!  There were many Donner Party jokes passing about as we checked out the fat content of each person.  lol










The chains came off just as the sun set and we were more than happy for that.  We have for years thought it would be fun to get snowed in up there, but now we can say that we have "been there and done that".  I'm okay with not repeating the thrill.

While we were there we celebrated one of the little one's birthday.  Our daughter made the cutest cupcakes for a hamburger loving little guy.



Today I finally managed to get into the sewing space for a little stitching time.  The Temperature Quilt QAL has been calling my name this year.  I have dutifully keep a record of our temperatures and have caught up to date using a Flying Geese pattern for it.



I'm looking forward to adding some of the oranges and reds as it warms up a bit here.  Right now I seem to be very green!!!


27 comments:

Penny said...

Looks lovely, as one who skied for years and now cant (bit too old!) Seeing photos of snow is always a thrill.

sunny said...

What a beautiful place to be snowed in!! We've been having a non-winter so far.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh my that is a lot of snow - looks like what we usually get, but we seem to be in an 'ice age' this winter. I love the new temperature quilt - fun idea.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Those snow pictures are spectacular! And how fun you are doing a temperature quilt--it was such a fun quilt for me to do--I think you will enjoy it a lot!

Createology said...

Your trip and snow amounts rivaled our California Zaphyr ride from Colfax to Reno and then back the next day. It is so lovely and quiet and ethereal. Those hamburger cupcakes are just as cute as the birthday boy. Happy to hear you arrived safely home.

Ramona said...

The temperature in my Hidey Hole dropped about 10 degrees while looking at your photos. :) They are gorgeous, though. And it's always great to be with family. Your Temperature Quilt is going to be fun! I love your flying geese. Are you doing a row per month with a daily geese temperature?

Kate said...

That's an incredible amount of snow but it looks so beautiful! It's nice that you enjoyed your adventure.

Quilting Babcia said...

What an amazing adventure (and drive back). I'm very thankful that we have not had much snow this winter so far, though it looks like we'll be traveling through a lake-effect system to visit my son and family this weekend. Gorgeous photos!

Maria said...

Oh those beautiful snow ❄️ photos are lovely.... it's been 44 deg cel for the past two days here... very RED......
How cute are those humberber cupcakes, great Mum.....

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

I always enjoy seeing pictures from your winter family trip! I got a kick out of your Donner pass joke and I am so glad you only had to stay one more day. Didn't you almost have to stay a day last year because of snow? Have fun working with your beautiful fabrics!

Wacky Woman said...

Lovely!. Where in the Sierra is this Mary?

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Love your snowy get away. Oh your geese are great love the colors.

barcord said...

Such beautiful scenery. Glad you enjoyed and travelled home safely.

Raewyn said...

The snow looks so beautiful but I can imagine that amount could cause headaches. It sounds like you had a great family time though :-) Your temperature quilt is looking lovely already! Hehe the hamburger cupcakes gave me a little giggle!

Lyndsey said...

It looks so lovely but like you having been snowed in several years ago I say 'been there, done that'. I've not wanted to repeat the experience. Those cupcakes are fabulous, what a great idea.

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

What a beauty Winter, Mary. We have less snow this year. My doughter has two weeks of Winter holidays and we are waiting for snow every day.

LA Paylor said...

so snowy! We have no snow and no cold temps. It's like March around here. LeeAnna

barbara woods bewtjw@gmail.com said...

Don't want any of that but good for the drought

QuiltShopGal said...

So sorry your annual snow trip happened to be one of our record periods of snowfall. But your pictures are beautiful, so I do hope you found fun and beauty in your super snowy experience. And, I'm glad you are home safe. Are those really "hamburger cupcakes" - they are so cute. Very creative.

QuiltShopGal
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ps - we were rained out and unable to make our trip to Road. Decided it was safer to stay home and quilt. Next year maybe we'll be able to meet up at Road.

Jeanna said...

The snow looks so pretty but scary at the same time. I'm happy you all had a good time in spite of the weather.

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

So good to see that much snow in the Sierras again. Looks beautiful. I am glad you got home safely. The hamburger cupcakes made me laugh. They are fantastic. Happy Birthday to the little guy. I am looking forward to seeing your progress on the Temperature Quilt. Like the fabric pull.

-Soma

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Brrrrrrr......those beautiful snow pictures are making me shiver! LOL....it looks like your daughter is as clever a homemaker as her Mom...look at those adorable hamburger cupcakes! I am loving the first day of my weekend today.....going to try to start on the weighted blankets!

OPQuilt said...

(I am now trying my dictation software.) what beautiful snowy days are described in this blog post. I am glad you were able to get back down the mountain finally when you were ready to go. I look forward to watching your temperature quilt take shape, and seeing what else you'll be up to this winter.

Eat Sleep Quilt said...

Beautiful photos, I'm glad you made it back home safely. I like those cute geese.

beth s said...

Wow! What a wonderful adventure!! Glad you made it home safe and sound.

Abby and Stephanie said...

Awakening to yet more snow this morning I can't say I'm thrilled with any snow photos. It really is beautiful when someone else has it. LOL. Oh the Donner jokes...giggle! Darling cupcakes for a handsome little guy. I feel the warmth of those colors. You're always making lots of awesome things and I love stopping by.

Carol S. said...

I can't even imagine what the Donner Party went through walking in that snow. I'm glad you managed to make it to your destination with all members of your family intake. It looks like a beautiful place to be!