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Friday, February 20, 2009

A Turn of the Century Snowmobile - The 20th Century That Is!

Today, looking outside and going out to feed the horses was a trial. We had another fresh layer of snow down, again. If it wasn’t for the packed path tat I made over the entire winter by dragging a sled with hay bales and then a dragger net full of fresher loose hay, I wouldn’t have been able to get to the horses.  

As it is, I’ve had to temporarily raise their enclosing fence another four feet, to near the tops of the surrounding trees.  Big Dream walked over the top of the fence a couple of weeks ago.  And there are places where they don’t go that the fence is not even visible anymore.

Come spring, I would be surprised to measure the height of the fence inside the forest paddock under ten feet. 

There are snowmobiles out in the fields everyday, but the small skidoo of today would get stuck in the snow banks inside the forest. They would bog down as surely as if they were in muck....

But not this beast - I was amazed at the simplicity of this contraption. Armstead Snow Motors put out one heck of a neat snow vehicle in 1924.  Who would have ever thunk it!

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