It started out like this . . .
At the end of the path was a HUGE pile of snow that covered the steps to the deck. Hunter is NOT a fan of leaping over the steps, especially when he can't see them! At one point Mommy was calling our path a runway. We would head outside in order of our adoption (total coincidence) and move towards the steps of the deck. Not liking his necessary next move, Hunter would stop at the end of the deck and we'd have no choice but to stand behind him as we waited. Our path only had space for one body at a time. We looked like planes lined up on a runway waiting for takeoff. Jenna grew impatient and finally detoured around Hunter. Being the polite Southern girl I am, I waited behind him and provided encouraging barks.
There aren't any pictures of us lined up (I know! Can you believe Mommy failed to take them??),
but this is the progression from our runway to our luge.
The more we used the path, the smoother it became. We actually had to step UP onto the path when we stepped out of our house because of all the snow on the deck. That step became quite dangerous as time wore on, growing slicker and slicker. Hunter had to stand back away from the door to let Mommy know he wanted to come in; if he stood right at the door, he had the potential to fall and run smack into the door! The entire path became one big sheet of ice the more our paws traveled over it. Those steps Hunter dislikes didn't become any easier for him, just slicker!
So as we say goodbye to the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia, we're doing the same to our personal luge. A few days of temperatures in the 40's and 50's, as well as some rain, has finally started to cause meltage! It's a slow process when you have that much snow. There are even a few places in the yard where the grass is trying to peep through . . . it's still brown, but that's a minor technicality.
I wonder what kind of weather March will bring us?
PS: In case you were wondering, yes, we have a cover for the grill, but for some reason failed to put it on before winter hit this year. And that trash can is our squirrel-proof birdseed storage!