XC Sking 1:13:47  8.58 km (8:36 / km) +97m 8:09 / km
We returned home at 5 to find the power out again and the temp = 42F. Unfortunately, our plan A for staying at Sam and Gingers went bust because apparently grandchildren have some sort of priority. Ridiculous. Plan B ended up being a trip to Ft Worth to stay with Pat and Karen. The drive over was a bit stressful; TX drivers cannot handle winter, or rain, or really anything but hot. But once there it worked out well.
The trip home was much easier except that two trips in 24hrs have Birkie and Hayward pissed. The house was 42F and without power so we dropped them off and went to SMU. After lunch we came home, sealed up the living room, and tried to see if the gas fireplace would warm things up. Alas, the open chimney just sucked air from the rest of the house and warmed the room by only 2F. It's really only a decorative fireplace and so we just turned it off, sealed the fireplace back up, and saved ourselves the worry of CO.
Late afternoon I got back on the skis at Tennison Golf course. It was a bit of a maze of drifty areas and snowy-grassy areas. But there were plenty of stretches of consistent but slow snow. I tried to mix in some skating but the edging pushed through to the grass too easily and it was better just to stride. All and all, a great time.
We got about 90min of power later in the evening. Time enough to clean some things up and take a shower. We climbed in our sleeping bags and under the covers around 8:30 when it was again 42F. We read and reminisced about numerous backpacking trips when we were hunkered down for many hours due to storms, ice or snow. Good times.