Snow Q&A

Time to answer a few reader questions –

Is the snow disappearing from our tree?

Holly, Life with Dogs, Wild Dingo and others asked, “Are you losing all your snow?”

Well, we are losing a lot of it.  We had a stretch of warm weather the last several days along with some rain (can you believe it – rain – not even frozen), and a good bit of our snow has disappeared.  Have no fear – we are supposed to get more this weekend and still have plenty on the ground in places.

Melting snow

Sagira asked, “Do you guys ever have any flooding issues with the snow melting to fast?”

The area around us often has a lot of flooding from melting snow, but we are fortunate that we do not have to worry about that where we live on the top of a mountain.  By the way, one of the interesting facts about where we live is that our county is one of the few in the U.S. where every single body of water in our county STARTS within our county.  Yep, there is absolutely no water that flows from another county INTO our county.  No creek, river, etc.  They all flow out.  Think about that one  a little and you realize how unusual that is.

Snowy walking trails

Norwood (or Nordude or Nordolph) asked, “Do you still walk the trails- do they get groomed or do you just follow the roads now?”

Many of our favorite trails are inaccessible this time of year without snowshoes and a willingness to walk many miles to the trail heads (because so many roads are closed).  We tend to stick to our most common trails this time of year.

The main road off the mountain stays in good shape even during the middle of the storm.

Sierra Rose asked, “What’s the elevation there in Maggie Valley?

The town of Maggie Valley itself sits at just over 3,000 feet (914m), but we live on one of the mountains above Maggie Valley at 4,500 feet (1372m), which explains why the 2.5 mile (4km) road pictured above is so much fun – steep and winding.

Keep the questions coming!

15 Comments

  1. siku marie on February 3, 2011 at 12:34 am

    We love question day! We always learn a little something interesting about your area and lots more about the Herd! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Pup Fan on February 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Really enjoyed reading the answers to these questions. That’s really cool about the water all originating in your county – how unusual!

  3. Sam on February 2, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Those were questions I never even thought about – it’s really interesting how your county is the start of the water!

    Sam

  4. Sagira on February 2, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    That was very cool to learn about all the water starting there. Learned something new. 🙂

  5. Shawnee the Shepherd on February 2, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I is going to has to come hiking by you coz you has less snow than we do!

  6. Houndstooth on February 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    You must live on a pretty tall mountain if all the water in your county flows out and not in! Wow! We got twenty inches of snow here, feel free to come and take some back to the mountain with you.

  7. Huffle Mawson on February 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Sorry your snow has disappeared. I hope you get lots this weekend!

  8. Mimi & CC Cabana on February 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    It looks like paradise! Question–do you have a southern accent?

  9. jack & moo on February 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Hard to believe, but I think we have more snow than woo do right now! OF course, its raining, so we may not have it fur long!

    jack & moo

  10. Sierra Rose on February 2, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Hi friends!! Loved this Q & A! You live in such a beautiful area, and that is so interesting about the water flows! Thanks for answering my question too 🙂

    Sweet hugs,
    Sierra Rose

  11. Anna the GSD on February 2, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Cool info!! I hope you get a lot more snows this weekend…you’re gettin’ a little low there!

  12. Life With Dogs on February 2, 2011 at 9:29 am

    You really do live in dog heaven. Interesting water trivia – are you subject to droughts?

  13. Stumpy and cyndi on February 2, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Interesting stuff! Stumpy and I live at 4000 feet, but the incline is so gradual, that you would never know…

  14. Khyra on February 2, 2011 at 6:30 am

    The likhwid snow is trying to take mine –

    I’ll have to nap about it today as Mom will be leaving me to do the work thing –

    Thanks fur sharing that Herd trivia!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

  15. Holly & Khady on February 2, 2011 at 1:35 am

    I’m sending our snow your way so you can replenish your supply!! Enjoy!

    Holly

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