After the cold air swung though from Canada today and the temps dropped from 80's this past week to low 40's now, I was just looking through my gallery at pictures from past winters and I came across this sequence of photos:
I sat and stared at these pictures to bring back the reality of the day. Arriving around maybe noon to 1pm at the latest, I was faced with a plowed street that put 4 to 5 feet of snow banks I needed to break through, check out first 2 pictures. 3rd picture is after the plowed stuff was removed and I was ready to begin my trek to the field. I pushed through down the hill in 4x4 no chains yet to the gate where I cleaned that area around there in order to install the tire chains (pictures 4 and 5). Picture 6 I'm ready to go, been in before but a recent storm added another foot or more. Picture 7 shows I was unable to push through with the truck, the stuff is too deep and/or too high, so I had to download the snowblower off the back of the truck and do at least 1 path down the center so that the snow being pushed by the bumper has somewhere to go (under the truck) otherwise it was piling up on the grill and stopping the truck even with chains.
Picture #8 I finally make it to the top of heart break hill, a not so steep hill but hard to climb covered in snow. I had to snow blow that hill also to get to the top. From there you can see the sun is getting low in the sky, and now I have the final push into the field. Apparently it took me some time to get through that deep stuff especially by the container there was some pretty deep drifts. Picture #9 I finally arrived, and check out picture #10, crazy, that WAS my space all cleared from the previous storm but the snow and drifts almost filled it all the way back up, yikes! The sun is now by the tree line in the distance, and by the time I get done cleaning it, last 2 pictures show the sun is gone I'd say its well past 4pm given the daylight about 4:30-4:45 would be a good guess.
All that just to get in, and sometimes I bring a heli with me to fly but on that day I never had time to fly, once I start going in I gotta finish and get it done so I can turn around in my flying area and go back out, as backing up in deep snow is almost impossible, if you get out of the tire tracks you can't get back into them its a done deal you have to do forward and try again to stay in the tracks. I once I had back out as it was impossible that day to get through as I had the hardest time from the gate back to the road, trying to turn the slight curve while backing up uphill the wheels kept sliding on the ice towards the ditch to the right (road slopes downward left to right), I had to use the snow blower planks to drive on and after several tries I finally did it.
Those times will be here soon, but, as always, I'm ready for the challenge to keep my field open for operations all winter long!
MA 1005 Hanson 280, 4136 flts
Spectra 27 3DMax, 3200 flts
Whiplash V1 Hanson 300, 1430 flts
Whiplash V2 Hanson 300, 196 flts