After living in Las Vegas for 9 years I became spoiled with the absence of the white stuff. And I knew that moving to Reno I would once again have to endure snow!
I like snow. I think it's pretty. I just don't want to be buried in it 5 months out of the year!
Lucky for us 2011/2012 our first year here, Reno had a very mild winter. As my son said to me "Mom, you're having a sissy winter". December past and then January and I thought, wow I'm digging winter here! A couple of cold days, then a couple of warm days. This isn't bad at all!
Now in case you didn't know Reno lies at the base of the Northern Sierras and they get plenty of snow! Just the way I like it.....on the mountains!
But then I found an event, "North Lake Tahoe Snowfest" in March. And it's only 1 hour away! This is a week long event with all sorts of "snow" events taking place. And one of those events peaked my interest. The "Wine 'n Ice Carving Competition".
DRATS! As I am writing this post and waiting for my dear friend to arrive, I have discovered that this very event is happening TODAY!!
Okay, back to last year. When I read that the event was being held at the Truckee River Winery in Truckee I knew it was going to be great! Sipping on wine while watching chainsaws cut through blocks of ice!
As I sipped on my wine I walked from block of ice to block of ice trying to figure out what these guys were trying to create
And it seemed that chainsaws weren't the only tools used
It was an absolutely beautiful day for watching my first ever ice carving competition
And then I could start to see images of swans, penguins, dragons and wine presses
I decided to have a little look around this cute little winery while the guys continued to create their masterpieces
Back outside the guys are putting their finishing touches on their creations
And finally about 4 hours later, they were done!
Oh there were others, like this self portrait of the guy on the right who was injured in a skiing accident
So which one was your favorite?
I left this wonderful event with a whole new outlook on winter and snow! Snow doesn't always have to be miserable and annoying. You just have to learn how to get out in it and enjoy the white stuff!
And that is when I started liking snow!