The melting snow has really saturated the ground. In the three years that I’ve owned it I’ve never seen the ground so saturated. The ponds are all handling it ok, even though none of them were constructed with proper drain pipes and even more problematic overflows. The picture below is the pond over by the barn. The overflow is the only way for the water to escape, and it isn’t really low enough because you can see that there is water topping part of the dam…not good.
Went down 7 days after the big snow, no one had yet traveled up the driveway as you can see in the shot below. I originally thought that most of it would have melted on the gravel driveway and the minivan could have made it. Tom Bledsoe suggested I borrow his 4wd pickup and drive up and down a few times before taking the van over. Luckily I took his advice as the minivan would have never made it back up the hill to get out. After driving over it twice in the truck I had a very hard time getting back up the big hill in 2wd.
At least big for this area. A few shots from the security cameras, we received about a foot of snow.
Surprised to see this guy on the game camera, kinda cool I guess, as long as it doesn’t start eating my guinea hens!
Third one! We shot and blew up lots of things, might be why the deer were a little scarce later on. We shot pistols, skeet, and long range rifle shots, which only one person actually hit the target.
Check out the video of Patrick performing the annual pumpkin explosion:
We all got into position by 4pm, very exciting, the ladies were monitoring our texts from the warmth of the kitchen, busy making rum cider. My nephew got a few shots off but missed, Michael came very close to bagging one, and when I was driving the UTV to pickup the hunting parties I ended up running over a small deer, but even it got away. Evidently the ladies were having quite the laugh inside as they received the updates via text messages.
This guy looks like a decent size, I’ve had several people tell me its around 300 pounds. This is him going into the fields for his nightly feast on the corn crop.
Emily captured these coyote yelps while she was over by the fire pit one evening.
Emily found an indian arrow head in one of the corn fields…kinda cool, especially when you think about how old it must be.