January 6, 2013

North Cairn: Enduring the Maine winter with a stash of supplies and common sense

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I started pricing them right after Christmas.

But by then a good snow had already fallen, and by New Year's came the almost-certain promise of sub-zero temperatures. It was definitely time to take a few cold weather precautions.

Resolutions toward common sense is how I'm thinking about them.

I dragged out a few old tricks from my days in Midwestern winters: a down sleeping bag in the car; thermal blankets for the dog, should she be traveling with me; extra socks, boots, pants and ski jacket -- in case I encountered some foolishness that left me wet and without a heated car for retreat. A bag of rock salt, a broom to go with the snow scraper, bottled water inside a cooler (in case the water froze and the plastic seams gave way).

I'm sure it will all come back to me, this survivalist mentality. I've already picked up a couple pairs of YaxTrax and stowed the cross country ski poles in the back of the Escape. I know my limits and I'm embracing them.

Meanwhile, I'm off to the town maintenance garage, buckets in hand. Better safe, I say, than sorry.

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