In praise of Winter

In praise of Winter

I've heard that many crave the warmth of the sun upon their countenance and seek suitable climes when all-too-brief lesiure times afford.  

How many others, though, find peace in a comforting blanket of snow?  How can one pass through our mortal coil without experiencing the styrofoam crunch of really cold snow underfoot, the sounds of traffic and other modern mayhem muffled into obscurity by a heavy snowfall, or the forever dusk of the winter months at northern extremes?  

There is, I posit, another state of existence to be found when the external world turns opaque and visual acuity no longer dominates.  Senses of touching, hearing, smelling are heightened so that your entire being is engaged, so that one can no longer conveniently ignore thoughts and feelings...

In praise of Winter
That time has arrived; my annual solitude in a little log cabin deep in the mountains.  See you next week heart

Recharging the batteries...
02/19/2013 - 20:25
Dean - They say a picture is worth a thousand words.....it is!yes... Have a great break - see you back in the office shortly. Tony
Thanks Tony
02/19/2013 - 21:36
A few last bits to pack (especially a flask of liqueur) and I'm off.  Cheers!
How do you manage to come
02/19/2013 - 20:58
there ?
Human-power, Berny
02/19/2013 - 21:43
In winter its skis or snowshoes - this time skis
Water & Electricity ?
02/20/2013 - 10:43
hello Dean, do uou have solar panels up there to get electricity ? how about water (it must be quite pure in the mountains) ? Enjoy the mountains !
Re: Water & Electricity ?
02/26/2013 - 21:42
Water comes from a lake and propane is used for cooking and lighting, while fallen trees provide fire wood for heat.  The propane tanks are replaced when needed by helicopter.  Just to be clear...I don't own this cabin; its one of several in the Rocky Mountains belonging to the Alpine Club that I can use as a member.
Beautiful setting you lucky guy. I will be very
02/19/2013 - 21:19
Interested in your watch inspirations! Keep the fire burning. Best, Tim
Exactly Tim
02/19/2013 - 21:52
Good company and the Fire Channel on TV...
nice furnace, buddy Have a great time ;-) (nt)
02/19/2013 - 23:28
yes
You must come up Radek
02/26/2013 - 21:43
If you nordic ski this place is heaven heart
Enjoy your annual solitude, Dean
02/19/2013 - 21:39
Even as one of those who "crave the warmth of the sun upon their countenance and seek suitable climes," I can appreciate the beauty of your snowy haven and solitude.  Looking forward to your return. Best regards, Robert
Enjoy your annual solitude, Dean
02/19/2013 - 21:39
Even as one of those who "crave the warmth of the sun upon their countenance and seek suitable climes," I can appreciate the beauty of your snowy haven and solitude.  Looking forward to your return. Best regards, Robert
And double wishes to you as well Robert :-)
02/19/2013 - 21:54
OK, this is absolutely my last post blush
Enjoy your break
02/19/2013 - 22:11
Dean, I hope you enjoy your break. Your photos remind me of the serene beauty of the mountains and how one can enjoy the simple things in life away from noise, phones, emails and iPads. Have a great time.........
I am 10000% with you on this. Srating June I start wishing for the
02/20/2013 - 10:52
winter season!
Alex, we have winter all year long
02/26/2013 - 21:45
somewhere we can find snow wink.  You, me, Radek, the wolves and bears, just picture it!
I wish I could join you Pal!
02/20/2013 - 13:21
But that would defeat the solitude, wouldn't it?  wink Have a GREAT time!
Safety first Dan
02/26/2013 - 21:47
Well, solitude in general terms only...no crowds or traffic, but I wouldn't travel in backcountry solo.  We wear beacons for avalanche rescue but no point if there isn't anyone else to dig you out!!
Enjoy the solitude!
02/20/2013 - 15:45
Is that the neighbor's house on the left?
In praise of Winter: Epilogue
02/26/2013 - 21:59
As you may gather, I've arrived back.  My visit to the mountains was all too brief but those who work (a four-letter word if ever) had to  return to the urban jungle.  The weather was mostly overcast to photos didn't turn out so well, but the snow was great and temps warm for February.  Here are a few pics anyway...