Well lookee here! Yep, yer readin' that right - count 'em - 6 BIG inches of snow, 8 if you measure snow on the sidewalk and its still comin' down! Woo-hoo! This is the most snow we've had here in 10 years. *happy beagle dance*
So....what to do on the eastern shore of Maryland when it snows? Dum-dee-dum-dee-dum *twiddle fingers*. There are no real hills to speak of and boogie boards would have to substitute for sleds anyway. What can we do? Build snowmen? N'ah, been there done that. Have a snowball fight? N'ah, its all powder, not good packing for snowballs. What can we do?
I know, let's go out to Assateague and hunt wild ponies! We'll look at the ocean covered in snow, hike through the woods hunting for ponies, we'll have a great time!
Here were the following obstacles that should have given us pause: It was 21 degrees. The winds were blowing like crazy. The snow/ice pellets were coming down ferociously hard. The roads were not salted, sanded, or really plowed. So of course we took the (normally) 45 minute drive to get out there. It took us an hour and a half to get home.
They hadn't gotten that much snow yet when we left for Assateague about 10 o'clock this morning. We forgot to double our pants. The winds cut right through them. We stopped at the Ranger's Station to update our yearly pass and asked if they knew where the herds were at, because who wants to hunt ponies in 21 degrees with high winds for hours on end?
Well, the Rangers didn't know where the ponies were but they said they had hunters in the woods, so stay on the marked trails. There were bow hunters looking for duck and gun hunters looking for dear. Oh Boy! That would add some excitement to the hunt! So after a really fast dash to look at the ocean, "yep, still there, yep, lots of snow, holy #@!t that's a cold wind!" and running back to the car, I made the executive decision to drive around looking for the ponies before venturing into the woods. Good thing too!
As it turns out, the ponies are pretty smart. They apparently decided the woods weren't a good place to be either. So they were near the bay and the roads as we went toward the west side of the island. They did not look pleased to be covered in snow and were up against stands of trees trying to stay out of the wind. Apparently there are a couple of aggressive stallions who don't want their ladies photographed. A couple came quickly and rather aggressively toward us to make us keep our distance. I've only seen that during mating season before, never in the depths of the winter.
Oh well. Here are the shots we managed to get without getting kicked, bitten or trampled. All in all, I'd say it was a successful hunt!
UPDATE: The official weather report says we've gotten as much as 8 inches!!!!!
The snow on our back deck came in at 7-7 1/4 inches.
Everyone was out in the streets acting like kids. M and I took a nice walk and ran into neighbors skiing down the street.
Okay, last update. We got just under 9 inches at our house, other people got a foot. Woo-hoo!