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The dogs and I got a precious, rare invite: to celebrate King Dog Tay's birthday up in Oakhurst!
Oakhurst Snow
There are more gorgeous images of the Ranch, dogs and snow here

The timing turned into the most perfect trip we've ever made up there: the day after we arrives it snowed. Just enough fell that the ranch and the mountain turned into a winter wonderland. This was *ideal*: the snow only lasted for about two days-- then it melted and allowed us to drive safely back down the hill and home.

The night we arrived there was also a bit of excitement: on the night walk Carol and I discovered a brush-burn that had gotten out of control (these are supposed to be watched by the burner until the fire dies down). Between the windy gusts and all of the pine needles that hadn't been cleared, the fire had spread well into the brush nearby. A fallen pine was in flames and embers were spreading under the pine needles. We went back to get Eric and shovels...Carol got all of the water jugs (they keep them for pump failures).

firefighter

With a lot of work we got the flames down and the embers mostly doused. The owners of the lot finally arrived with a tractor and used that to completely bury the rest of the fire. They were grateful that it had been discovered, so it was all good. Plus, bonus activity points for me.

new snow

We awoke the next day to a winter wonderland: several inches of snow fell during the night and it was cold enough to stick. Check out the link above to see how beautiful the area became. The dogs (all four border collies) and I took a number of hikes in the silent, white world. I love walking in fresh snow (especially when it's only a few inches deep) and watching four crazy border collies run around on Very Important Business.

There are few places that aren't improved by a fall of snow. Since Casa Coyote starts out quite lovely, the snow transformed it into a fantasyland. R0ndo and Apache loved it: they had experienced a dusting of snow in Seattle a few years ago and had a lot of fun...but this was like doggy-disneyland for them. They bounded through the small drifts and still managed to dig ghost varmints. They loved that it was nice and chill out and if they get hot or thirsty they can just eat the refreshing "white dirt".

Tay was showered with goodies and treats. He enjoyed the ribeye steak he got as a present. As any good tyrant, he tolerated the manic attention of all three of the other dogs. He's well-deserving of his Kingdog title!

Date: 2013-12-19 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iisaw.livejournal.com
That was a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much for coming up!

Date: 2013-12-26 12:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] porsupah.livejournal.com
The pups definitely seem to be having a whale of a time. ^_^

Ah, I’ve got to get to that neck of the woods sometime! Despite all my time in the Bay, and San Diego, I’ve still never been there or Tahoe. Though I did get to see a bit of the mountains above San Bernardino, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] stego_s_aurus. Gorgeous region, though I’m not sure I’d want to engage in that drive routinely, when the cloud level’s a bit low.. !

I’m particularly fond of the last shot. There’s something rather magical about snow-covered branches - but then, snowshoe hare, mm? ^_^
Edited Date: 2013-12-26 12:55 pm (UTC)

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