Lots more accumulation over the night, with snow blowing up on my porch that has partially buried my carefully contrived stacks of firewood and kindling. Fortunately it’s a light and dry snow– what is it they say about 29 Palms, “Oh, but it’s a dry heat”?– so I’ll be able to dust off and re-position. I think. Either way I’ll have a better idea once I get out and shovel.
Gear review: Swiss milsurp gaiters. MDL, that old Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center instructor and all-around patriot, gave me a pair of these in time for this snow storm. I took them out last night for a short three-mile ski and I give them two thumbs-up. The stiff material holds them upright and the lower attachment points keep them tight to the boot. Excellent piece of gear, and inexpensive too. Strongly recommended.
Another good piece of gear– a wood-burning insert. This is the second house where I’ve had that exact model installed. Expensive, like all infrastructure, but worth every penny. Very efficient burn (with good seasoned wood) and even heat. I don’t even have the blower unit on mine, and it can jack the temperature up two or three degrees in other parts of the house once it gets going. NOT a DIY project, but again worth the money.
OK, I gotta get my cracker ass outside to shovel.