So after a slow start, winter finally hit us – – – – – all at once. Well, for us, anyway. For those of you who experience a real winter every year, this will not seem like a big deal. For us, this is an occasion to take a day off and take our kids and have some fun. The schools will shut down anyway, as do some services and businesses. This time around the library and garbage pickup suspended service. The first day, I took off to the local park just to take some photos. You will notice they are not museum quality, just shots of people having fun. And it was fun. Bike riders, dog walkers, runners and folks just out for fun. The dogs love the snow. The lady under the tree with her arms out was posing for the fellow over the bank. Those of you who live in our area will recognize the large open pit like area. It is usually filled with water as it is/was part of the water reservoir system for the city. I don’t recall ever seeing it with only snow in it. Every hill or slope was covered with people looking for a ride downhill. Then it was supposed to thaw and melt, then rain. It thawed a bit, then froze. Anything with moisture now had ice for the next day. I’m sure this is common in other parts of the country, but it throws this town in a panic. The news casters make it sound like this has never happened before. All in all, I think most have survived to go back to work. The library is open, but the garbage is still waiting for pickup.