Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring Is In The Air

March 26, 2009

Though it is always with much hesitation that we claim winter is over and spring is in the air, we are looking forward to another change in our seasons and welcoming back our summer friends, visitors and newcomers. It really doesn't matter what season we have enjoyed, I am constantly reminded why I live here: the gorgeous long range view, cool breezes in summer, friendly people, relaxed way of life and small town charm that are only a few of the positive adjectives that describe this wonderful mountain community.

Now we will be looking for those first daffodils to bloom, the tulips in front of Fred's General Mercantile, the flower barrels to seemingly burst with new flowers overnight (thanks to Susie K.), what's new at the Brick Oven (Jim is always improving, adding, recreating) and checking out the new webcam that The Beech Alpen Inn has added to show mountains, the grazing deer and weather patterns that keep us coming up or have claimed us as year 'round residents.

Easter is just around the corner and there are lots of bunnies around for the occasion. Many Easter Sunrise services are available for us to enjoy and we thank God that we were chosen to be keepers of this beautiful land.

So we welcome those who have come back early, hello again to those who have braved the winter with us and invite those who have not yet come back or decided whether or not they should make the trip this year... come on up...we're waiting for you!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

March 1st Snowfall

March 2, 2009

March 1st brought us between 15" and 18" of snow. It would be quite a challenge to play tennis at the Beech Mountain Club courts in this...

...let alone trying to swim in it! Maybe we should have a Beech Mountain Polar Plunge!?!

Road view of tennis facilities, fitness and administration offices for Beech Mountain Club.

Our road on the 1st. Some of our neighbors were out for a visit.

Same road after the town cleared a path.

At least if we decide to stay in we have plenty of company to entertain us.

The views are unbelievably gorgeous when the snow defines the dips and valleys and the skies are crystal clear.

This little lady has a bad leg so she's been hanging around for some handouts of corn. Seems to be surviving very well for the temperatures, snowfall and winds we've had. It dropped below zero last night and is 12 degrees today but the 35 mph wind gusts have died down and the sun is out.