It’s hard to be back at work after such a wonderful 9 days in Mazama. We had 5 dogs, great snow, lots of good food, great downtime and visits with friends. We were able to ice skate (twice), cross country ski (three times), sled (lots – some with the dogs pulling), snowshoe, help light and watch a huge bonfire on New Years Eve (see other post on this), play games (Cribbage and Monopoly being the favorites) and generally lounge around. Pictures of the week are below – I’ll post a second blog post just for the New Years Eve pictures.
We love Mazama for New Years! The day after Christmas we took down the tree, took the recycling to the transfer station, ran errands, packed and got ready to go to Mazama! Phil Dietz went to the cabin a couple of days ahead of our visit and tried to turn on the water and make sure everything was OK, but due to the really cold weather (below zero Fahrenheit) and lack of snow (no insulation on the ground) the water pump froze up. He dropped a heater in there, but once that unfroze we had a massive leak coming out from behind the water heater. The pipes under the bathtub ruptured. Luckily Phil’s plumber was available to check it out and he was able to get us cold water into the house (but not to the toilet). Lots of water heating, manual flushing and showers at friends houses ensued!
We had a blast anyhow as The Dennis clan came out to share New Years with us at a big Bon Fire at Phil and Stewarts house, cross country skiing (skate skiing for the kids, classic for the adults), snow shoeing, sledding, movies, food and hanging out. We spent time with our neighbors – Gordie & Sandy Northcutt and Jason & Cathy Ireland plus their two kids – and our Mazama posse – Don and Dana, Phil and Stewart.