Deb and I spent pretty much the whole day inside the bus and watched snow fall. By all accounts, almost all businesses in the Harrison area closed on account of the weather. The busy four-lane highway that runs past the campground has been virtually deserted.
With nowhere to go anyway, we could treat the scene like a postcard.
When Deb looked out the window around 4am, she said, there was no accumulation beyond yesterday’s ice and sleet. By the time I got up with the dogs a few hours later, the snow was about four inches deep. Late this afternoon we were looking at maybe eight to ten inches on the ground, and it was still snowing.
This round of wintry weather is tougher to gauge than the last. Temps today never got out of the teens, so what’s coming down is dry, falling at an angle and blown around by persistent winds. To coin a phrase, drifts happened.
According to the hourly forecast there’s a chance of snowfall through 5am tomorrow, tapering off gradually between now and then.
Deb took advantage of our snow day to knit another hat and present it to one of our hosts. It was that kind of day.
No hardship here. In fact, it’s wonderful — all part of the adventure of our American Life.
The Mountain is, for practical purposes, dry. There are no water features, save a couple of wet-weather runs. And other than a few farm ponds down by the county road, the closest year-’round surface water is a mile away.
That would be the aptly named Crooked Creek. which runs west-to-east through Boone County and Marion County. Five miles east of The Mountain is the White River. To the south, the Buffalo River is eight miles distant.
Those are as-the-crow-flies distances. By road, Crooked Creek is a four-mile drive and the White River is eight miles away. Reaching the banks of the Buffalo River requires a 40-minute commitment to cover 22 twisting miles.
It really is an ideal location. I’ve written at length about our visits to the pristine and beautiful Buffalo, and that experience has us considering a canoe or a couple of kayaks. We’re told that Crooked Creek also is a great floating stream, as well as holding blue-ribbon status for smallmouth bass. The White is world-famous for trout fishing and reportedly a good float, too.
But we’re still curious to see how The Mountain itself responds to an extended stretch of wet weather. The most promising area appears to be along the eastern boundary, not coincidentally the lowest spot on the property — we found a small dry run, the ground still soft last week from melting snow.
I mean, it is a mountain after all, falling 175 vertical feet (at an average grade of 20%) on the back side. Rainfall has to end up somewhere.
I hate to soil this post with politics, but this afternoon the heavily medicated occupant of the Oval Office traveled to NYC and signaled his regime’s intent to come after America’s gun owners. That deserves comment.
He kicked off his disinformation campaign today with nonsensical buzz like “ghost guns” and “The Iron Pipeline.” Verging on his trademark “word salad,” he lied:
“This doesn’t violate anybody’s Second Amendment right. There’s no violation of the Second Amendment right to talk like there’s no amendment that’s absolute.”
Then he picked up a bigger shovel and kept digging the hole where he means to bury Liberty:
“Remember, when the amendment was passed, they didn’t say anybody can own a gun, any kind of gun, or any kind of weapon. You couldn’t buy a cannon when this amendment was passed, and so nobody with the money should be able to buy certain assault weapons, but that’s another issue.”
There was no mention, of course, of the real reasons behind the jump in violent crime — a lawless, pro-criminal climate whipped-up by the Left over the last two years. He said not a word about why the biggest increases in crime are happening in permissive Democrat enclaves where police have been either “defunded” or statutorily crippled and the People disarmed.
It’s yet another attempt to obfuscate the regime’s destructive incompetence, this time with the shiny object of “gun control.” Oh, and announcing today that U.S. Special Forces carried out an assault on an Islamist terrorist in Syria — whose death is useful, certainly, and welcome, but the queer timing exposes it clearly as a political stunt.
No one should be surprised by any of this.
In Ukraine right now, the people are preparing for war. On their own, volunteers and ordinary citizens, they’re getting ready to defend their country. Their sense of sovereignty moves them to stand against both foreign invaders and the traitors in their midst.
That’s what our Founders did.
They’re coming for us. Put your affairs in order.
Take care of yourselves, Patriots. Stay calm. Stay sharp. Stay free.