Lodge Life

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It's Winter

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
and days are shorter, nights are full of cold blinking stars. This sunset was taken on the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice at 4:20.  I know that our Scottish guests see the early sunsets, but not quite so cold ;  -25, though I must confess "in the old days" -40 was very typical. [caption id="attachment_156" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Dec 21 -"][/caption] Winter is our holiday time.  The Lodge won't reopen until May, so I have the privilege of enjoying a flexible schedule now.  I discovered years ago that cross-country skiing on the lake dispenses with hills altogether.  Many of you will think that makes for boring skiing, but it is a marvelous way to explore Hay Lake and the far marshes. I have unexpectedly skied up on a wolf - much to our mutual surprise! - and followed fox tracks - like the ones in the photo above - for miles down the lake. The snow is not as deep this year, and there have been milder spells, which have made for some remarkable icicle collections.  It is quiet now. There are no guests, not much traffic on the road.  The absence of waves on the shore contributes to the silence.   I stand on our shore and savor the silence.