Snow Adventure – 01 FEB 2010

There was a break in the weather, so I decided to drive up to the cabin to pick up some winter cloths for my up-coming trip to Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada...yes, I am crazy enough to visit the Yukon in February. I was not prepared for what I found...or should I say couldn't find, such as the water shut off valves. The red circle indicates where I dug out a hole in the snow, looking for it.
There are two shut off valves: one for inside the cabin and one for the outside water. I found one opening and had to use a hair dryer to melt the ice in order to insert the water key. To my surprise it was the right valve. If the neighbor had not been using our driveway for an extra parking spot, I would not have been able to attempt an overnight visit.

I should have known I was going to run into some challenges because the drive up the mountain was very claustrophobic. The snow was piled so high that there was no shoulder to the highway. It felt like driving through one very long tunnel. The streets in Sugarloaf were even more restricted as the two lane side roads only had clearance for one car. This is the snow pile made by the snowplows at the end of our street.

On the side of the house the dog nearly jumped the fence into the neighbor's yard by just walking over the snow.

This was Rudy's first snow experience and he seemed to love it.
The back deck was filled with snow...literally!
After two nights, it was time to return home before the next storm. The radio said the current snow levels hadn't broken the record set in 1979. That would have been the first winter we had the cabin and I don't remember snow this high, so it must be colder temperatures which have kept the snow from melting. In the past, we've driven up on a clear day, had beautiful, large snow falls and then seen it all melt away in time to drive home without chains.