Tuesday, April 1, 2008

No April Fools Joke for us ....


Did I really say no more snow photos ?????
This started last night... and after the power went off and on all night... and the wind howled and gusted, this is our April 1st reality.

Out the side door..... do you think the dogs want to go out ?


Out the upstairs door

Guess I'm not going to work today, this was 10:15 and we're not dug out yet . I've been working on this for awhile now


But this keeps happening.... how'm I gonna drive when I can't even walk, 4 wheel drive or not?


What a way to spend your Birthday Dan... BTW, Happy Birthday Hubby


Taking a break

A few more swipes and we might get out to the road, its now 11:15
Guess I got my wish for a play day!



5 comments:

pinsneedles said...

Oh wow! All that snow. I don't know how you guys do it - how do you cope with all that snow!! I have seen snow only once in my more-than-fifty years, and I just cannot imagine how you cope.

Of course, I think it would be soooo exciting to be surrounded by that much snow, but I also imagine it would get tiresome, to put it mildly, after a while. It is so pretty, but very wet!!!

And COLD!

Jocelyn

Threadspider said...

Yikes-that's crazy weather! But what a wonderful brightener from Paula.
Sending you some sunshine to melt that snow....

Judy S. said...

And to think I was complaining! But my sister would say that it came from us..... she lives in MN you see. March definitely left its pawprint, didn't it? It's been nice here now for 2 whole days...OK if we send it, too?

Life Scraps and Patches said...

Jane, there's a St. Vincent's close by on Monmouth Street - I've never been there, but I'm definitely going after seeing your finds. Love your thoughts about change, very profound. Your blog is great. Connie

sidd said...

HOME:

Sikkim small yet beautiful is situated in the Eastern Himalayas below the Mount Khanchendzonga, (8603 mts.), venerated by the Sikkimese as their protective Deity, Tibet in the North, Bhutan in the East, Nepal in the West and West Bengal in the South, Sikkim still has its own enchanting beauty welcoming heartily with its unique traditions, culture, flora & fauna, people etc.

With an area of 7,300 sq. kms. Amidst the opulence of the mountain & peaks, valleys, fast flowing rivers & water falls, terraced hills & monasteries; Sikkim offers the visitors a rare and a divine experience. Within an hours time one can explore from the sub-tropical heat of the lower valleys to the cold of the rugged mountain slopes that reach up to the areas of perpetual snow.
Flora and Fauna:

Nature has been kind. Sikkim is recognized for the floral wealth and an estimated 4000 varieties of flowering plants and shrubs are found with medicinal value. There are over 600 varieties of orchids. From an altitude of 2400 mts. Rhododendrons can be found. The gentle slopes of the high altitudes are covered by a variety of beautiful flowers like the Dendrobium Nobile (State flower of Sikkim)Primula, Meconopsis, Gentians, Rhododendron, etc.

Fauna
The assortment in the plant world is complemented by a similar variety in the animal kingdom. Over 400 varieties of butterflies and moths gild the forest with colour and life. Giant Lammergeyer Vultures, Eagles, Whistling Thursh, Minivets, Bulbuls and Pheasants are some from among the 550 species of birds recorded in Sikkim some of which have been declared endanger.

Among the more commonly found animals in the alpine zone are yaks. They are domesticated and reared in North Sikkim mainly for their economic productiveness. Yak milk is used to make butter `churpi', the wool comes in handy as raw material for carpets and blankets. The musk deer, found in the upper temperate regions, is today a species in the endangered list. A common denizen of Sikkim is the muntjac, or the Barking Deer.

Among the more exotic mammals is the Red Panda which lives mostly on treetops. It is found at altitudes ranging from 6,000 to 12,000 feet. The snow leopard is an almost mythical animal. It has rarely been sighted and to date, only two field zoologists have succeeded in photographing this elusive animal in its habitat which can vary from 5,000 feet to as high as 18,000 feet. Blue sheep, flying squirrels, binturong,marmots and musk deer are at home in this cool blanket of green.

Most of this beautiful and virgin area comes under the Khangchendzonga National Park.

Sikkim also has large cardamom, orange and tea plantations. The rivers of Sikkim have trout, salmon and carp. Fishing is allowed with a permit.

PERMITS (ENTRY FORMALITIES)

Foreigners must obtain Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim.

That can be obtained from all Indian Missions, Sikkim Tourism Offices at New Delhi, Kolkata, Siliguri and Rangpo on the strength of an Indian Visa. The 15 days duration Permit is issued on the spot without any delay provided photocopies of the passport and visa details along with two pass port photographs of the applicants are made available. The permissible duration of the stay by the foreign tourist is 15 days initially. The State Government is authorized to extend the same twice by the further period of 30 days. The extension of the permits can be obtained from F.R.O (Foreigner Registration Office) at Gangtok and Superintendent of Police of the North, West and South Districts.

KANCHENDZONGA TREK 09 DAYS TREK.

DAY 01: GANGTOK TO YUKSOM. DRIVE 6 hrs. 138KMS,ALTITUDE: 1,740METERS.


DAY 02: YUKSOM TO TSHOKA. STAY IN HUT/ TENT 5-6 HRS. 12KMS.

TSHOKHA: 3048 METERS.


DAY 03: TSHOKA TO DZONGRI. STAY IN HUT/ TENT 5-6 HRS. 10 KMS.DZONGRI: 4030METERS.


DAY 04: DZONGRI REST FOR ACCLOMATIZATION. EXCURSION TO DZONGRILA

SITUATED AT 4,300METERS

DAY 05: DZONGRI TO THANGSHING. STAY IN HUT/ TENT 5 hrs.

DAY 06: THANGSHING TO SAMITI LAKE. STAY IN TENT 3-4 hrs.

DAY 07: SAMITI TO GOECHALA AND BACK TO THANGSHING.

DAY 08: THANGSHING TO TSHOKA.

DAY 09: TSHOKA TO YUKSOM. TREK ENDS.

05 DAYS TREK DZONGRI TREK

DAY 01: YUKSOM TO TSHOKA.

DAY 02: TSHOKA TO DZONGRI.

DAY 03: DZONGRI REST.

DAY 04: DZONGRI TO TSHOKA.

DAY 05: TSHOKA TO YUKSOM.
COST INCLUDES: KANCHANDZONGA NATIONAL PARK FEE/ GUIDE/ COOK/ PORTER/ YAK OR HORSES/ ALL MEALS AND STAY IN HUT OR TENTS. TREKKERS MUST CARRY THEIR OWN SLEEPING BAGS
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