Beastly weather, beautiful walk

Beastly weather, beautiful walk

First came a shower of sleet, then an inch of freezing rain, followed by two inches of wet snow, topped off by a half inch of “wintry mix” precipitation — falling on a day with temperatures in the mid-30s so there would be much melting, runoff, and puddles. A few hours later the temperature dropped to 17 degrees so it could all freeze into a montage of bobsled runs, downhill slalom, courses, figure skating arenas, hockey rinks, and curling sheets.

But when the snow-mix ended and the skies cleared late in the day, a walk along the “frozen river” road (with ice grippers attached to our boots) was an hour to enjoy the incredible beauty of the North Country in January.


101_2317Halfway down our driveway, overlooking the seasonal creek the grandkids call Frozen River.


101_2290Filled with runoff from morning’s winter-mix precipitation and snowmelt, it froze and became a sculpture when the temperature suddenly dropped to 17.


101_2282Confluence of the two ravines at the southeast corner of our farm.


101_2293Rain flushed the snow and ice off the face of low limestone bluffs, then a blast of Arctic wind froze it all solid again.


101_2286When grandkids come to visit, this is the stretch of Frozen River they love to walk-skate.


101_2296Small springs that issue from cracks in the limestone bluffs — we call them seeps — filled a small catch basin in Frozen River before the seeps, in turn, froze closed.


101_2298Winter is a beast, winter is a beauty. Why do we stay in the North Country in the depths of winter? Well, this is why.


More stories about life in the North Country are published in my three collections of essays and two novels, all available through my Author Page on Jerry Johnson Author Page



About Jerry Johnson

Curmudgeon. Bird hunter and dog trainer. Retired journalist and college public relations director. Former teacher, coach, mentor. Novelist and short story writer. Husband, father, grandfather.
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3 Responses to Beastly weather, beautiful walk

  1. terry potter says:

    You are a lucky man to live is such a beautiful area.

  2. Jessie says:

    Nice! We just got a little sleet followed by rain, and then more rain and then oh right- more rain. Blugh! More forecasted for tonight but this time freezing rain followed by snow so maybe we have some hope of white stuff to cover our icy piles and frozen mud!

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