Here in Minnesota, we mark the turning from winter to spring by monitoring the death of the snow banks that surround us. When they are at their highest, we wonder if they will ever melt. It seems unlikely. But the days get longer, and sun gets warmer, and even the biggest ones eventually succumb.
This year I decided to chronicle the death of “Mount Gracewood,” the giant snow bank that stood guard in the ‘hood for so long. Today, even after 3 inches of new snow on Thursday, she finally gave up the ghost.
At it’s peak, on February 21, 2014
March 30, 2014
April 4, 2014
April 10, 2014
April 12, 2014
April 19, 2014
An hour later she was gone…until November, that is!
On that site, you will also find maps of where we have been/are going, and some of the old photos from Esther’s albums that we are using for inspiration and guidance.
In the meantime, here’s a photo from our trip up to the top of Emei Mountain this morning. We got as far as the parking lot below the cable car, but the path up was too steep and snow-covered. As we were going up the mountain, our friend told us that there is a saying that at the foot of the Emei Mountain, it is summer; halfway up, it is fall; and at the top it is winter. We had no idea how true that was.
Instead of going to the top, we took a long walk along the closed road.