Friday, March 23, 2007
My (Melting) Glacier
Kind of like posing with the big fish you caught. Obviously the shovel is just a prop in this photo, but it's the same one I used to collect most of that snow off the driveway (off the photo to the left of the garage in the background) through this winter. The pile had already shrunk quite a bit by the time this was taken (March 13th). It sure beat last year! At its peak, it was as tall as I could reasonably throw the shovelfuls, almost as high as my head, all the way to the right of the picture. The path I am standing in leads nowhere; I just used it to push the snow along to new, lower sections of the ridge as I was building it. My plan was also to keep that path clear as a spillway for meltwater in the spring, and it looks like it worked. The area between the garage and the house has been a big puddle in other years, but this year the runoff is draining away nicely.
I had a bit of help from time to time. Sometimes Garth would stride up the driveway and back to clear two wheel tracks before driving out in the morning. One day Dad and James helped me remove the usual drift from just in front of the garage door, and Dad was gleefully flipping the snow clear over my ridge at its tallest point. Mostly, though, this glacier-building project was a slow and steady, meditative, muscle-building pastime just for me.
Maybe a north-facing driveway is not so bad. I've had an ice-free path for the bike for about a week now.