Two Sides of Winter

Winter 2014-15 was late getting started, but when it finally arrived it swept in with a vengeance. Most of February brought one snowstorm after another. In fact, in the 10-1/2 years we’ve been in business, there is more snow on the ground right now than we’ve ever had at one time. I blame myself for all of this snow: In January, I bought a new 4WD truck and snow plow (please don’t ask why it took 10 years to buy a 4WD and a plow) and in late January I said to my wife that it didn’t look like I was going to get to use my toys this winter. Soon after foolishly saying this is when all heck broke loose in the weather department. I am happy to report, however, that my new toys are paying for themselves very quickly.

Amongst the hard work and challenges to keep ahead of the weather — and to keep from losing my sanity — I try to find beauty in the mess Mother Nature has left us. Actually, I don’t have to look very far — it’s all around me. What a spectacular scene winter brings to our properties, and to the forests, caves and waterfalls throughout the Hocking Hills. Below you will find a few winter snapshots from our properties and a few from Hocking Hills State Park after recent heavy rains during one of the few warm days we had in the last month.