So you may not be overjoyed by the winter...but I invite you to share the textures from the warmth of your home. And if you do happen to love the winter, by all means please bring your family out to the Sandhills of Nebraska and enjoy the pristine beauty.
There are many lakes for you to enjoy ice fishing including Merritt Reservoir, Big Alkali where the annual Cork Thornton Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament will be held, and the Valentine Refuge lakes. You can see the movement of the fish at the right which was just caught.
Not all snowflakes are created equally. So far this winter we've had one beautiful snowflake day which was like living in a snow globe. We've had it snow slush on Christmas day along with thunder, lightning and finishing out the day with winds gusting to 66 mph. That made quite an impression.
Ice climbing anyone? You can, but not at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge. Check around for outfitters who will allow this activity, or call the Valentine Chamber of Commerce for more information at 402-376-2969.
Large chunks of ice flow over Cornell Dam. Some days, large gaggles of geese sit on top of the dam doing goose things.
What have we here? Rainbow clouds? According to Earth\Sky, "They're caused by the presence of very tiny ice crystals or water droplets in the air, which cause light to be diffracted or spread out."
Click on the Earth\Sky link to find out more about this rarity.
Earth\Sky, "Sun pillars, or light pillars, are vertical shafts of light that can sometimes be seen extending upwards . They're caused by light reflection from hexagonal ice crystals drifting in Earth's atmosphere."
It's time to warm up now. Find your favorite feline or pup and cuddle up in a sunbeam and enjoy your texture tour of winter in the Sandhills. For some of you, simply looking out the window, dreaming of spring is understandable and the many memories you'll make as the river reverts back to a warm water, fun destination come summer.
From all of us at SandhillsWesternVacations.com we wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous, and blessed 2017. We're looking forward to seeing you this year!!
Please share your comments about winter textures...your favorite? Not so much? What is your favorite season in the Nebraska Sandhills?