This is an igloo my father built in our front yard in the Big Snow of '67. Northwest Indiana along the lake shore (that's Lake Michigan) is known for being pummeled with lake effect snow, and it isn't unusual to get a 12-inch snow fall in one storm. But in the Big Snow, we got something close to two feet. You can see in the photo that it nearly reached the window ledges, and the drifting was even higher. The region was shut down for days--this is the storm that trapped me at my baby sitter's house for three days because my parents couldn't get through the country roads. I briefly wrote about that here in a tribute to my neighbor friend. This is a picture of me at the baby sitter's house before winter.
My father built the igloo, and when I finally got home, I put a rug in it and laid down. This is me with my sisters on Sunday morning in the spring of the following year. I'm in the front with an armload of stuffed animals. I'm holding Judy, some odd little squirrels or something, and a huge cat I barely remember. He kind of looks like Booboo Kitty from Laverne & Shirley. Somewhere there is a picture of each sister holding an animal--I recall they weren't happy about it, but they indulged me.