Winter Snow

Hi and Lois Sunday page, January 23, 1972.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, January 23, 1972.

So far, it has been an unusually mild winter in the Northeast. Except for a few minor dustings, we have had no significant snowfall. Last winter, there were record accumulations, particularly in Boston.

The seasons provide ideal background settings for Hi and Lois and winter is no exception. Blizzards can leave the family snowbound for days and the kids often get cabin fever. School cancellations are cause for celebration. Snowmen, snowball fights sledding and skiing are favorite outdoor activities. For Chip, shoveling snow is a dreaded household chore, much like mowing the lawn in the summer and raking leaves in the fall.
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The 1999 Road Trip Begins

Last summer we revisited a five-week story from 1966 during which the Flagston family took an epic road trip across America.  This sequence featured thirty daily strips and four Sunday pages and was the longest continuity ever done in Hi and Lois.

During their journey, the Flagstons traveled across the Great Plains, visited Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, the Grand Canyon and Salt Lake City and ended their tour on the west coast where they saw redwood trees, totem poles and surfers.
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Leaf Raking

There was a time when the sound of leaf blowers wasn’t constant during the fall season.  I remember raking leaves into piles on canvas tarps and dragging them to the driveway where my father burned them.  It is against the law to burn leaves without a permit in most towns now.  On the rare occasions when I do smell burning leaves, it makes me nostalgic for autumns long ago.
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