Monday, March 21, 2011

in the right light you look like Shackleton

I have no idea how you would make it down our back alley if you weren't piloting an all-wheel drive off-road vehicle.

Spring time in Alberta is always challenging and March is a particularly cruel month in these parts. It is traditionally the month with the most snowfall. The unprecedented amount of snow that we received this winter, coupled by the lack of meaningful chinooks, means that our snowbanks are at an all-time high mark. The back alleys take the brunt of it. Everybody drives down them, nobody clears them.

Currently there are two parallel tire ruts running down the length of the back alley. The wet snow we've been getting all day, combined with the slush that already fills the nine inch deep gullies, makes these ruts look like lap pools for penguins. It's an Antarctic spa back there.

Send your penguins. Two pools, no waiting.


Allison said...

What is it about the west and the lack of snow removal? I couldn't handle that. I hope it starts to warm soon. But not before you get a penguin picture, of course. ;)

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Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've got a big bag of penguin kibble in the garage, Al, I'm all set.

It's not a pretty sight, Mr Anchovy.

Wandering Coyote said...

I am not envious.

LOL! Word verification = "pestroad"!!!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Lawd, that captcha writer must have driven down my back alley, WC!

L said...

If there's any sort of grade to the alley, it would be really fun to watch the penguins slide down the ruts on their bellies. Penguins are so cute.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Utterly adorable, Lesley! And I approve of how the males care for the eggs.