Friday, October 19, 2018

The Cabin: Buttoned Up for the Winter

When forecasters were predicting five inches of snow in Denver, 
we figured that meant at least a foot in the mountains. We were only off by a foot! 
Ski resorts were blanketed with two to three feet of snow!

Fortunately, our mountain cabin only got about a foot.

Yes, the snow was beautiful but we wondered if it would be dicey driving on our county road. 
Ron emailed our cabin neighbors and several replied that the road was snowpacked but passable.

I decided to stay home to take care of Roxy (who doesn't tolerate the altitude). 
As for me, I must admit I don't tolerate the cold!

Ron had already boarded up some of the cabin windows and the front door 
but he wanted to cover the front windows as well. 
So he drove his Jeep Wrangler up into the mountains. 
On the way he saw a herd of about 20 antelope. 

We had a new solid door installed after the break-in that I painted on our last visit. 
It has two heavy-duty bolts and a good lock and is very secure. 

While I was painting, I heard several elk calling to each other very close by.
Such a thrill. 

The Jeep performed well, even on the muddy side road to the cabin.
When Ron arrived at the cabin this is what he found.

In his best melodramatic voice, he called me and said,
"And I had but one thought . . .  to survive!"

The mountains were breathtaking in their white coats. 

Ron braved the freezing weather to make a path to the cabin. 
The inside of the cabin was also 32 degrees.

Anything liquid had frozen solid including dishwashing liquid, cans of soup
and even the toothpaste. Ron brought all of those things back home to thaw.

Since we don't have electricity or running water in the cabin,
we didn't have to do a lot of winterizing. 

It was so cold Ron decided to board up the remaining windows 
and come right back home. I didn't blame him. 

Hopefully, we can visit the cabin on sunny winter days.
For now, it's good to know it's all buttoned up for the winter.

(Photos by Ron Boyd)


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  1. Mr. Cottage had the well guy come out and blow out our waterlines this morning and do what needs to be done to close our cottage up, also.

  2. Oh, wow i am not surprised. I went on a trip to Balloon Festival in Albuquerque and it snowed in Taos while i was there and we went to Pueblo,Colorado and there was snow on a lot of mountains. It was beautiful, it gave me an idea of what your cabin must look like. Got home and here you are telling me about it.

  3. Wow! Colorado at its best! Glad Ron was able to make it there and back safely. Hope all is well through winter at your cabin. Have a good weekend, Pat.

  4. Have you thought about adding solar for heated water and lights, double windows? I'd love to camp up there in the winter!

  5. That is kind of like your 5th wheel. We just buttoned it up for winter, too. All though when we have a warm sunny day, I want to hitch it up and go camping again. Once everything is winterized it's a chore to use it again until spring thaw. Your cabin would make a lovely Christmas card photo with all that pretty white stuff surrounding it.
    Roxy looks adorable cuddled up in the white blanket :)
    Have a sweet weekend.
    Connie :)

  6. Great winter scene, do you think you need a snowmobile. Now you should come to AZ for the winter, it's 85 degrees here.

  7. OH, how I admire you guys!
    And what an amazing thing to hear elk calling right near your home!

  8. How gorgeous!!!! We only had a dusting of snow so far, and flurries all day yesterday. The garden got put to bed this weekend. It's time to cozy up by the fire!

  9. A beautiful picture - reminiscent of 'my' mountains in France.

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  11. You have a cozy place .
    What a beautiful job you do