Friday, May 4, 2012

The Middle: Snow Shoveling Extravaganza

Day two began in pleasant white out no wind and just a soft sprinkle of snow. With zero visibility the obvious thing to do was hang out and wait...

Throughout the day the snow began to accumulate and we shoveled, listened to music, and played scrabble on my iphone.  Things were pretty good for being tent bound.  The visibility did not improve.

Day 3 began with more shoveling, and  increased wind and snow.  The berm around the tent became thigh high on Ryan.  It continued to be blindingly whiteout and we started to consider our options.

Ryan with Heather Peaking out the Tent

All I can say is that I am so thankful that I was with people I really like, because a tent is not a large space after a few days. 

Heather, Ryan, and I

 We shoveled all night and into the morning of day four, and then shoveled some more.  There is a strong snow shoveling theme to this trip.  The wind aided the snow deposition and soon we were having to terrace the berms around the tent because the walls got too high.

The batteries in my iphone had died back early on day 3, and I really wished I had brought any non digital form of entertainment.  Ryan and Heather had arts and crafts time with the maps and made a deck of cards out of the white borders.  Note to self: Don't do glacier trips without back up entertainment for tent time.

Playing Cribbage
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  I think after 3 solid days in the tent we were all feeling a little stir crazy. This was the first trip I have done with a Delorme In Reach paired with a small Samsung tablet, it works on the Iridium satelite system and we were able to send and receive messages. My Dad is the real Tech geek in the family and thanks to him we were able to get weather updates, it was awesome (thanks Dad!).  There was supposed to be a break in the weather the next afternoon, and we all agreed on a retreat as soon as we could.

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