Snow Caves

“Do not call the forest that shelters you a jungle”
African Proverb

One of the outings we did with our Boys Scout troop in Utah was to build a snow cave and then spend the night in it. My partner was my son who was probably 12 years old. I am from Florida and this was an entirely unique experience.

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Snow caves can be life savers but they can also be death traps. There are correct ways and wrong ways to construct them and even if done correctly are not a sure thing. However, the concept is sound and that is that in an emergency in a very cold setting you can find protection from the elements and capture your body heat to give you a better chance for survival.

We built ours and did indeed spend the night in it and it worked out well. I was nervous that the roof was going to cave in on us but it didn’t. I made sure that we had good ventilation and was ultimately glad that my son and I survived that experience together. One careless move or uninformed decision could have been deadly.

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Taylor at the entrance to our snow cave

Building a snow cave takes a lot of work and thought but it is worth it to protect you from the elements in an emergency situtation. It is not a final solution but one that can tide you over until you are able to find safety in a permanent structure. If I were stranded in a blizzard I would not be embarrassed or depressed to have to resort to this rescue structure. I would occupy it with the thought that this is not permanent. I would make it work to get us by and then be seeking how to improve my situation.

In life we sometimes need to find a temporary shelter from the storms of life. It could come in the form of having to live with a parent or taking on a second or third job to help pay bills. It could come in the form of accepting a menial job that is way beneath your skill set and expected rumuneration. It could be sitting the bench or playing second string for a season while you learn your position better. You may have to wear braces on your teeth for months or need to ask a friend for help. There is no shame in finding temporary shelter from life’s storms especially if your attitude dictates to you that you are constanly trying to improve your situation and are not going to set up shop forever in your snow cave.

HighFive Your Life Principle: There is no shame in finding temporary shelter from life’s storms especially if your attitude dictates to you that you are constanly trying to improve your situation and are not going to set up shop forever in your snow cave.

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One thought on “Snow Caves”

  1. Whoa! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a completely different subject but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Excellent choice of colors!

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