Those of you who live near lakes or ponds may be familiar with the concept of “ice-out”. Ice-out is typically the term used to say when the ice has left a lake for the spring. Our big lake in New Hampshire, Lake Winnipesaukee, traditionally holds an ice-out contest each spring, where people can predict what the date of ice-out would be. They’ve been observing and recording the date for 135 years now. On that lake, ice-out is declared when the cruise ship, the M/S Mount Washington, can navigate its way to each of its 5 big ports. They fly a plane over the lake to see when that might be, and the pilot typically declares the date. It tends to fall between March and May, with the third week of April being the most common (as of this writing, it has not yet been declared this year). Other lakes around the state track the dates and have contests as well.
Here at Barking Dog Organic Farm, we don’t have a body of water to track, but there is something we watch every spring and this year we want to start recording when “Snow Mountain – Out” might be. Last winter we dubbed the mounds of snow that pile up on the north side of our house (mostly from what falls off our metal roof) Snow Mountain. If you’ve been reading regularly you might have seen our photo from March 11th when Snow Mountain was at it’s highest!
We’ll show you where it’s at now, how much or little it’s changed in just a few days, and we’re also going to have a fun contest for our readers, where you can guess what our date of Snow Mountain – Out will be for our first official recording in 2019! We’ll even have a prize for the winner! Now, our official declaration will be when Luke and I can navigate our way through the fence gate seen in the photo to get into our small pen area!
Our weather has been all over the place lately, with up and down temperatures and rain and a warm-up predicted for the next few days. That could be a big factor! However, remember, that is the North side of the house, and typically only gets the early morning sunshine. So study the photos and make your prediction in the comments below!
It’s mostly for fun, but the person who guesses the exact date or closest to the date without going past, will win a large and small bag of our own homemade 100% organic dog treats (your choice of flavors), OR a $15 gift code for our online shop where you can find skin care products, organic catnip, and some household decor. We’re also working on adding some new products to the shop as well as new scents for our skin care line, so hopefully that will all be available before Snow Mountain disappears.
The contest will remain open up until the date Snow Mountain is gone, but please review other comments to pick an original date. If a duplicate date is selected, the winner will have to be the person who guessed it first. Thank you! Good luck, and we hope you’ll join in our fun.
Thank you to our friends at Living, Laughing & Barking in Our Backyard for hosting the Nature Friday hop! Please visit other blogs through the links below to enjoy more of nature’s beauty.