Last week brought us some of the coldest weather we've had in quite a few years. So what do we do when the weather changes? Why we drive all over the place, of course to see the mountains a little differently. Always changing and ever beautiful.
A couple of weeks ago I posted a photograph of Looking Glass Falls trimmed in a little ice.
Now the falls are really iced and the surrounding trees are white with frozen mist. I have no doubt that the falls would be completely frozen were it not for the shelter of the granite cliff on one side.
Oh, so lovely. (and COLD)
We built our house in 2005/2006 not long after three hurricanes flooded the mountains with rains. When Ivan finally left, thousands were without electricity for several weeks. So we had a generator installed. A big generator that would power the entire house for two weeks. Or even longer if we really conserved and lived on one floor. We don't often have power failures and when we do they are of short duration. But having the generator gives us a lot of peace of mind.
The first time we had a power failure of any length was two years ago. Over the Christmas holidays with guests here. The power went off. The generator did not kick in. Seems the battery was dead.
Fast forward to last Tuesday. Minus one degrees. At 5:00 in the morning the power went off. Ah...the generator started to hum. Wait a minute! Why isn't the power back on? We called the service people and left a message. So we sat in the house with the temperatures dropping inside while the generator happily ran outside, burning up propane but not giving us any power. The repairman arrived around 10:30. There was a "problem" with the relay strip that allowed the power generated to actually travel to the house. Ironically enough, the power was restored while the repairman was here. He showed my husband how to flip the strip manually if needed in the future.
So the final score? Twice we have needed the generator. And twice it has failed to deliver.