Going through thousands of pictures on the wildlife camera is a slow process, and I am lazy, but I finally pulled a few. It’s interesting that still the most frequent visitors are domestic cats. It seems we have about five of them – the Siamese (who visits nearly every night – it’s as if he knows I really love Siamese cats), the black short-hair, the fluffy black, the black with white feet, and the white with black spots (as yet unphotographed). With the cougar and coyote around, they must be especially wily cats.
Originally, we had planned on wintering down in the Florida Keys (since it’s one of the few spots in the South where it is not too hot in the winter), but with them having to deal with all the hurricane damage, it seemed a better idea to postpone that for a while. Since we really like the snow and missed out on it last winter, we decided to stay in NE WA this winter and do some snowmobiling (my favorite activity after sailing).
We cannot stay on the property in the winter because we would have to run the generator all the time – it’s just not possible to get enough solar in a WA snowy winter until we add about 10 more angled panels. It turns out, it’s cheaper (and you get a bathtub plus washer and dryer) to rent an apartment (or even a house) than to rent an RV spot that keeps the water turned on all winter, so winterized the toys and moved into a nice quiet (i.e., no kids) apartment. After living in less than 200 square feet for 18 months, all this space is overwhelming.
The weather here went from way too hot in the summer to 3 weeks of a 100% perfect fall to snowing. The folk here say that such a short fall is unusual, but so far all we’ve heard from the locals is that same story (the last winter extreme cold was unusual, the late winter floods were unusual, the spring/summer drought was unusual, the hot summer was unusual, etc. – I’m ready for some “usual” weather). We should be picking up the snowmobiles this week, so I’m totally fine with the snow though the shops putting out early Christmas decorations could wait a couple more weeks.