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PHOTO BLOG: My First Snow Day(s)

As a San Diegan, the closest thing I’d ever had to a snow day was getting off school because wildfires were encroaching on our neighborhood.

Now that I’ve had not one but FIVE snow days, I can attest that the southern Californian version is not nearly as fun.

The traditional snow day, which in the Triangle Area in North Carolina is handed out with glorious impunity even before it begins snowing, is like playing hooky without the guilt of shirking one’s responsibilities i.e. “I’m skipping class, because they made me!”

It’s a beautiful thing to behold, and my husband Ben (who was also given snow days from work) and I took full advantage of all the free time the snow had gifted us.

We enjoyed our first taste of Sunrise Biscuits, breezing through their infamously long drive-thru line with no other biscuit-eaters in sight, explored the snow-blanketed Duke Gardens, marveled at the Duke Chapel covered in snow at midnight, and drove up to Boone for snowboarding at Beech Mountain.

Did I mention I love snow days?

They’re my new favorite holiday.

 

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Leaving our apartment. Time to enjoy the snow day! Photo by Shannon Switzer

 

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Ben’s sturdy snowman. Photo by Shannon Switzer

 

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Early bloomers peek out on a cherry tree branch in Duke Gardens. Photo by Shannon Switzer

 

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A great blue heron not phased by the cold, looking for a snack by one of the ponds in Duke Gardens. Photo by Shannon Switzer

 

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Students having fun on makeshift sleds in Duke Gardens. Photo by Shannon Switzer

 

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A black-necked swan cruises around the snowy pond. Photo by Shannon Switzer

 

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Pagoda in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum at Duke Gardens. Photo by Shannon Switzer

 

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Bamboo barrel in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum at Duke Gardens. Photo by Shannon Switzer

 

Ben peeking through the bamboo garden in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum at Duke Gardens. Photo by Shannon Switzer
Ben peeking through the bamboo garden in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum at Duke Gardens. Photo by Shannon Switzer

 

Photo by Shannon Switzer
Photo by Shannon Switzer

 

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Fountain in Duke Gardens Photo by Shannon Switzer

 

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The parking lot at our apartment is so much prettier covered by snow. Photo by Shannon Switzer

 

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The chapel at midnight. Photo by Shannon Switzer

 

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Photo by Shannon Switzer

 

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Photo by Shannon Switzer

 

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Snowy chapel. Photo by Shannon Switzer

 

 

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