The Morning was Bright and then it was a Party

09 Mar

I snowshoed through fields of glitter in the very bright morning sun.


Deliberately underexposed to show the glittering snow.

Deliberately underexposed to show the glittering snow (iPhone photo).


It’s my favorite snow condition and occurs mostly in the late winter/early spring. Sometimes the glitter is all different colors, sometimes it’s white, like yesterday. It’s best first thing in the morning, before the sun has morphed the crystal flakes into other shapes. It’s one thing to stand and look at it, and quite another to be moving through it. As far as I’m concerned, it is pure magic.

My footprints, the only ones on the trail.

My footprints, the only ones on the trail.


It didn’t appear that anyone had hiked on the trail for weeks.  Much of the fun was trying to find the trail by finding the blue diamond shaped signs attached to trees, like a treasure hunt.


Blue diamond shaped trail marker on the trunk of a tree.

Blue diamond shaped trail marker on the trunk of a tree.


Next, I headed back to town for the annual Frozen Dead Guy Days parade.  Frozen Dead Guy Days is a 3-day long festival that arose because up on the hillside, above the reservoir, Grandpa Bredo is kept frozen under 1600 pounds of dry ice.  You can read more about the history here (with a few subtle inaccuracies).

This year, the festival coincided with Mardi Gras week.



With the good weather, a large crowd gathered for the parade.

More below the cut.

Some people in the crowd dressed up.




Coffin races were held later in the day.  The races consist of teams of pallbearers carrying a person in a make-shift coffin that must navigate an obstacle course.  The teams march in the parade beforehand.





Old hearses are also part of the parade.



Zak's flame throwing hearse.

Zak’s flame throwing hearse.




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  1. Rob

    March 9, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Beautiful snowshoeing photos. We too did a hike. I find I agree with you that this is some the best snow times.

    • randyg

      March 11, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Nearly 60 degrees yesterday, windy and blowing snow today. Spring is here.

  2. Liz

    March 9, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Beautiful photographs! The snow is gorgeous when it glitters like that.

    You FDGD made our news last year.:)

    • randyg

      March 11, 2014 at 8:56 am


      I’m not surprised it made your news. It is kind of an odd thing.

  3. Lara Elizabeth

    March 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I really need to check this out some year!

    • randyg

      March 11, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Please do! 🙂