February 26, 2007

Winter claustrophobia

In his latest column for Colorado Central, also available through High Country News, my neighbor Hal Walter faces winter claustrophobia, growing older with snow shovel in hand, and a friend's falling sick during a snowstorm.

This winter’s series of snowstorms has sent me shoveling day after day, and for some reason now that I am 47, this doesn’t seem as much fun as it did when I first moved to the mountains. While my neighbors gear up with snow-blowers, truck-mounted snow blades and tractors, small and large, I shovel away, wondering how much of this stuff has to fall to stockpile enough water for summer.

When not snowed in, Hal is a serious competitor in the Colorado niche sport of pack-burro racing and also writes about it.

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