Saturday, February 28, 2009

Snow fun at all!

Tank O'Saurus here to tell you all that dad took me up the hill to where it's snowy most of the year! Dad says snow is something you should visit when you want it, not something that drops in uninvited. So he took advantage of a work bonus and REI's winter closeout to get him some cross country ski stuff. Since I'm always hot, even at 50 degrees, dad took me with him. It was 20 degrees and I was loving the cool temps, but then some not so cool things happened. First he got me harnessed up, then he put on his skis. Then I knocked him over! He makes this funny noise when he goes down. I was gonna hear that noise a lot, but it was never my fault after the first time. I was sorry and turned upside down to show him. He gave me a little tummy rub and then took 5 minutes to get up. Turns out he hadn't been on skis for 20 years! So he skis across what was once a parking lot and then up this forest service road with me by his side.

Pretty, huh? The ODOT web site said there was 14" of snow so he thought it would be perfect.
Well it turned out the snow was more like 36" deep! I'd take a few steps and POW - one paw would break through the snow and I'd go face first into the snow. I was ready to head back to the car but dad told me to follow him so I got behind and walked in his tracks so that was easier. But then I decided I wanted to walk in front. When we took breaks I laid down right on his skis

After we went uphill, we came back down. Dad thought it would be easier but the powder didn't let him glide at all. But the trail was packed down for me so I ran ahead.

Dad didn't let me get too far ahead so I had to wait for him.

C'mon, slow poke!

Will you hurry up!

Again! Do I have to wait till the snow melts for you?

You really better hurry, it's getting dark.

I was glad to finally get to the car. Now usually dad drives sitting in the front seat behind the round hoop. But this time he couldn't get the car to move so he got out with one foot inside and one foot outside to push. The car started moving and dad slips on the ice and drives with one foot in the car and him laying on his back on the ice. I've never seen him drive like that. But it worked - we got moving for a while and when we stopped he got in and drove normally. Then we went to this big frozen lake and he skied a little without me. I was really worried he wouldn't be able to handle it alone but he did fine. The lake and sky were really pretty. If you enlarge the tall photo you can see a thin cresent moon and Venus toward the top.

Then we drove home and Princess and Isaac and I jumped all over each other.
There's no business like snow business, I say!

See you next time!


Maggie and Mitch said...

What an awesome ski trip, Tank! 36" of snow sounds fabulous to fall into! We sure wish we could do something like this!
What beautiful photos!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Mango said...

Hee hee, your dad is a doofus, huh? Its really not safe to drive that way.

At least you are built for snow and had some fun. I'm sure he'll do better next time now that he has the hang of it again.


The FOUR Musketeers said...

Looks like you really had fun !
If only we can have snow at our side .
Which is totally impossible !! bOL !

Amber-Mae said...

Looks like you guys are loving the snow!

Butt sniffs,
Solid Gold Dancer

Tee said...

Wooo, what a handsome looking dog you are! And what magnificent snow pictures!

Licks and Wags,

Tuffy of Dog Woods

Randi said...

Awww Tank! I MISS YOU!

That ski trip looked like OODLES of fun!

Love & Licks,

Kodiak said...

OMG, mom can't stop laughing, she keeps saying the "visual is amazing" wha?????
rock on,

Honey the Great Dane said...

Hi Princess, Tank and Isaac!

Nice to meet you! I saw you on other doggie blogs and thought I'd pop over to say hello - it's always nice to make new friends!
And it's nice to read about other "big dogs" too :)

Do come over and visit me sometime -

Honey the Great Dane

the Corgi Girls said...

OMD, that looks like so much fun, but we're so short, we'd sink right in! We'd love to come play with you though!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Wow - that is some snow, Tank!! You look amazing in it. And the pictures of the sky are absolutely beautiful!

By the way, it was my big photoshoot today! Come over to my blog to see me primping for it - hee! hee!

Honey the Great Dane

Pippa said...

What lovely photos. Mistress likes X country skiing too - but hasn't done it for years either.

Life With Dogs said...

You need a sled! Enough of wading through that!

Mango said...

Nice to hear from you guys. Did the snow melt yet? Of course I doubt that you would notice being Newfoundlands and all.


Mango said...

Funny you should mention my skinny bottom. Despite the fact that I work out a lot with Pee-Wee, my bottom is still very dainty compared to my brother Floyd. Maybe I need to do some squats.


The FOUR Musketeers said...

WOW ! looks like so much fun in the snow ! We never have any here. but we have very HOT SUN !!!

Miley said...

Wow 36" on snow, OMD!!!! What beautiful pics!!! Love your blog, the dogs are gorgeous!!!

lotsa licks,

Michelle said...

I've looked at the pictures of your dogs a dozen time and I still enjoy each and every one of them!

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Ah, you look so happy. We spent most of December with a couple of feet on the ground here in upstate New York, and the Husky was in her glory; even the cats seem to like it, even though it's over their heads -- they leap and plunge through the drifts like dolphins on the waves. Me? I'm ready for another cup of hot coffee...
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