Well, things are slowing down in our world just a bit. We’re under a week to go until the buyers close on our house and we’re making a last trip “home” today to put the finishing touches on the cleaning and grab whatever odds and ends are left.
Last night, my husband suggested we get out the bikes and take a little jaunt around the neighbourhood here. Husband and I haven’t had our bikes out since we left Maryland. Son had been out and about quite a few times before school started here, but hasn’t been out much recently with the reappearance of homework and texting girls. So we took off for a little ride just to rediscover our “biking” muscles as opposed to our “moving house” muscles.
Just a short distance from our door, we happened upon a fire hydrant.
Fire hydrants aren’t normally a point of interest I realize, but check out that post on the back of it. It’s taller than me. Having never seen anything like this on a fire hydrant before, we were making guesses as to what it could be.
Looking closer, we saw this on the top of the post:Okay, so obviously a marker of some sort. At first, we thought perhaps being at the end of the cul-de-sac here and on a lower elevation, it was to mark it for cars driving around in the dark. However, there is not a reflective coating on the post or the little sticker. Also, we happened upon more of these markers along the way on our bike trek all at different elevations so we knew it probably had some other purpose.
After finishing our bike ride, I came inside and decided to do a bit of Googling on this marker. Imagine my surprise to find out this marker is installed on all fire hydrants in our area to be able to find them in the snow!
Now I’m sure you’re all aware of the fact that I’m a snow person. I love snow and can’t wait for winter. One of the things I’ve most looked forward to in this move up here to a Great Lake area is seeing what Lake Effect snow is really all about. As a matter of fact, only yesterday, I was on here trying to convince Sasha (see the COMMENTS section of her post here) of the glorious attributes of the winter season. All that said, though…..a marker like this, taller than me, is a little daunting to my mind. I’ll have to update this with pictures of this post in the winter after a good snowfall or two.
I wonder what the rest of you would think if you happened on one of these where you were living….would you feel excitement or dread?