Yosemite Snowfall

North Dome and Merced River

North Dome and Merced River

OK, it’s taken a while, but I promised Tom I’d put some pics up of the recent snowfall here in Yosemite. It was amazing, to say the least, and I showed up a bit late more than once because I wanted to walk to work the long way and take some pictures.

Subaru in the Snow

Subaru in the Snow

The good news about the snowfall is that Badger Pass is scheduled to open to the public on Saturday, the 20th, and promises great skiing for the weekend. Colin took a couple of test turns – you know to make sure the snow was working and all – and reported that the conditions were excellent. Even the groomed slopes were a bit soft and powdery. Everyone here is very excited about that. Some are interested in playing at Badger, while others are excited about having the work. All in all it makes for a festive atmosphere.

The down side is that there is going to be plenty of shoveling in my future. Here is a picture of the Subaru buried at Curry Village. I can only imagine what the unattended berm in Yosemite West looks like at this point. I suppose I’ll find out when I head up for the weekend.

Tom in VT

Tom's mom at Summer Outdoor Concert

Tom’s mom at an outdoor concert last summer

The ‘please help’ call came in from Tom’s parents over the weekend, and Tom has flown out to VT to help care for his mother. Things are developing there as they develop, so it’s hard to anticipate the future too much. For now, she has been moved from the hospital at Dartmouth to a rehabilitation center closer to Burlington, and family members. This center is only 15 or 20 minutes from Denis’ house.

US Airways has generously waived the change fee for tickets that we purchased to visit OH over the Holidays, and has given Tom a credit for the amount of his flight to be used between now and November 26, 2009. (It probably helped that the flight he booked to VT was also on US Airways). Depending on how things look on that end, I hope that Tom will still be able to make it to OH, just flying to and from VT instead of CA.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi floods Yosemite

Theresa with new Canon XSi

Theresa with new Canon XSi

Really. This camera seems to be everywhere these days. It’s the hip thing to buy in Yosemite – a Canon XSi – all the cool people have one or are getting one. Ours arrived on Monday, and I’ve begun my first experiments with it. So far it’s just a big, fancy point-and-shoot with shutter and aperture priority, because I haven’t figured out how to use it yet. It comes with a tome of a manual. That should keep me busy for a while.

We’ve had an interesting evolution of camera lust in our household. At first, Tom was the one who was interested in photography and I was the one who nodded and said, "Yes, well, I’m just a snap-shotter.  Go ahead and get a nice camera for yourself."  But then I really started to enjoy taking pictures with the nicer Lumix camera that my dad bought for Tom a few years ago, and I started saying, "Tom, you should really upgrade to an SLR so that I can take over the Lumix".  And Tom, being the generous sort of person he is, shared the Lumix with me, until I started to think that maybe *I* wanted a big fancy camera, and gradually it turned into "I think WE should get a dSLR".  So it was, that somehow after Tom had done all the research about cameras, and lenses, and shopped for deals, that when we bought this camera it was MY camera.

Tom’s mother in the hospital

We got the call last night, from Tom’s brother, Denis, that their mother was in the hospital following a car accident. She has a broken femur and multiple broken ribs, but is receiving good care, and got out of surgery this morning. We’re both sending loving, healing wishes her way, and wishing that we were a bit closer. Most of the time it’s great to be living in the mountains in CA, but in times like these it can feel like we’re just so far away from family.