THREE WOOD PRAIRIE DOGS OUT FOR A WALK. With the long shadows of a sunny late afternoon this week, Wood Prairie dogs and humans enjoy a late Winter walk.
In the foreground is sweet Rottweiler ‘Ralph.’ He and high-energy yearling ‘Rudi,’ the dark brindle Cane Corso on the right, belong to Caleb and Lizzi. ‘Halle’ is the farm’s gentle middle-aged Great Pyrenees.
We’re all walking on our snowplowed road between the frozen ‘Big’ Pond’ and ‘Small’ Pond. Our snow depth is about 24-30 inches except where it’s drifted deeper.
That 30’ x 70’ Quonset hut in the upper right is Caleb’s repair shop. In Maine a lot of vehicles get parked in the Fall and are rested for the duration of Winter in order to keep them free from the corrosive effects of ice-melting road salt.
Included in this hibernating vehicle group is Caleb’s classic red & white Ford F350 crew-cab pickup truck with a 7.3 Liter Diesel engine. Ten years ago after graduating from ‘Northern Maine Community College’ with a degree in ‘Diesel Hydraulics’ Caleb rebuilt this truck from scratch, from bumper to bumper. That prized and Winter-rested truck has only learned about rugged Maine Winters by reading about it in ‘Yankee Magazine.’ Caleb, Megan & Jim