This is what South Dakotans do in their spare time – shovel snow from roofs. This is a shot of our acquaintance, Carlos, who seemed to be a little more enthusiastic than I was when he took shovel to snow on top of our house.

Carlos is from California and he told me that where he used to live, he could drive a short distance to the beach. But he also told me that he could see snow on the mountains and that’s how he preferred snow. For most of the winter, I’ve been able to look up and see snow on my roof but with all of the stories of roofs collapsing under heavy snow, I decided I needed to do something.

I shoveled some of the snow but hiring Carlos was a better plan. Here’s another photo that shows that in some places on our roof, we have at least 3′ of snow!

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