Shortly after taking the previous two pictures,
we chained up the RV,
went down the drive,
removed the chains and began a 3,750 mile road trip to visit family and
During our two-week trip,
weather at home remained cold and cloudy.
Our southern exposure was little advantage;
we chained up to negotiate the still snow-covered drive.
A day later,
the weather turned
below −20°F at the Main House
(colder at the Carriage House),
followed by three weeks of clouds and snow.
A white Christmas was a safe bet this year.
Weather was so bad the elk herd avoided our side of the canyon;
they retreated to lower elevations until the weather moderates.
We went on our annual
in the front yard for a Christmas tree.
Unlike previous years,
we managed to cut a Christmas tree only 7' tall.
Putting it up was a problem because our base is meant for larger trees.