Montana Outdoors

December 9, 2012

Winter rose

Filed under: Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 4:01 pm

Winter rose

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December 8, 2012

Christmas tree, 2012

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:07 pm

Christmas tree 2012

Cutting a tree is a long-standing tradition in our family. When we lived in Arizona it meant a 150 mile drive up to the northern part of the state, but it’s easier here; six miles from our house. Tree permits are available from the National Forest for $5. This Douglas Fir measures at 11ft.

December 3, 2012

Snow day

Filed under: Weather, Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 12:22 am

It rained most of the night in our valley, but when the National Weather Service (NOAA) site read this morning; “…SNOWFALL RATES OF 2-3 INCHES AN HOUR FOR SEVERAL HOURS IS EXPECTED FROM MID MORNING THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON… SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 8 TO 14 INCHES ABOVE 4500 FEET…” I took it as invitation to go see and thought Forest Service road 1025 to Corona Divide would be my best chance to get above 4,500 feet.

At 5,000 feet the footing seemed to be pretty loose for the Jeep. When I stopped, I could see that because the snow was quite wet and easily packed, my tires were actually packing it as I drove and were riding on top of about 4 inches of packed snow. Going further would best be done on foot. There was a total of about 8 inches there. A mile further at the Divide and 5,200 feet the snow depth was about 12 inches. Pretty good forecast!

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

December 1, 2012

November 2010

Filed under: Coeur d'Alene Mountains — Tags: , — montucky @ 12:25 am

November 2010

Today I walked for a few miles up the canyon of a nearby creek in a light rain and much to my satisfaction found the beaver colony there to be active and flourishing. It was unusual to walk in the rain at the end of November. The above photo was taken on November 26, 2010; a more normal year.

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