|Snowy Elk Meadow|
We finally got our snow just in the nick of time. It has been so dry we thought it was going to be a brown Christmas. The severe drought means less rain during the summer and not as much snow in the winter. Sure, it's been nice to walk around in short sleeves and not have to shovel the driveway but something just doesn't seem right. Lakes are drying up, trees are dying and the animals are getting edgy. We needed the snow.
Winter in Evergreen lasts about six months and it can be a struggle. Heavy snow, high winds and bitter cold make life difficult but that's how it's supposed to be this time of year. There is something special about the mountains after a big storm. The peaks appear higher, the air seems cleaner and the sky looks bluer. The hearty inhabitants love a white Christmas and are delighted to celebrate the holidays in a variety of ways.
Locals disregard the brutal elements and enjoy skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Ice hockey and figure skating on the frozen lake, until after midnight on New Year's Eve, is a chilly tradition. The clear black sky is lit up by colored bulbs that dangle from snow covered roofs. Evergreeners don't stay cooped up inside and neither do their Christmas trees. Native spruce and pines are transformed into elegant symbols for the spirit of the people who decorate them.
Maybe things are starting to turn around. It looks like it's going to be a white Christmas after all.
|We thought it was going to be a brown Christmas|
|There's something special about the mountains after a big storm|
|Winter in Evergreen can be a struggle|
|Evergreeners love Christmas|