There are no complaints from water officials this year; irrigation water will be plentiful due to a tremendous snow pack in the mountains. But, this blessing comes with some impatience on our part, as snow drifts have kept us from being able to reach our cabin this season. It's generally accessible in April, but this year we were kept away until June. A mountain trek a few weeks ago resulted in no success, so this week-end we tried a new tactic! With ATV's in tow, we drove as far up the mountain as the first huge snowdrift, then parked our vehicle and headed the rest of the way up on 4-wheelers.
The rain showers of the day didn't stop us. They are busy providing moisture for flowers, grasses, and trees along the way. . .and are sending little streamlets and riverlets flowing along gully's and roadsides. . .to water storage reserves in the valley below.
We arrived to find that all was well. The huge tree we were worried about near the cabin was still standing. It weathered a major wind-storm past January that left many in the valley below without roofs and minus some very old trees. The snow that received sunshine is melted and gone, but patches in shadowed areas remain. A carpet of pine needles covers the pathways and driveway around the cabin, creating a soft, green cushion to walk on. And the view. . .it's as calming and therapeutic as always.
Rylan spends some time wondering how the wooden benches and chairs sank into the earth. It seems the snow pack was deep this year and applied much pressure to anything below it. Such a funny sight!
The kitchen was cozy and clean, left exactly as it had been last autumn. No little critters had come to visit. Steaming cups of tea and a hot lunch were prepared for all to enjoy.
It's always amazing to think about what it's like at the cabin when one is away to the valley below. The wooden bear still sits, and the chickadee guards. . .even though the place is quiet with inactivity and gently waits. I know. . .sometimes I wonder and think about such unusual things.
Rylan chopped firewood and built and warm and cozy fire to warm us by. When a drenching rainstorm passed over, we watched the storm through windows facing the ridge, then read awhile and 'someone' took a nice long nap.
Watching a storm pass over the watershed area from the mountain ridge to the east is always interesting. Clouds covered us and the world became misty and gray.
Then the storm passed, the sun came out, and the earth was covered with freshness! New vigor and energy!
Tiny droplets of water clung to needles and blades of grass, sending little drips and drops to the earth in a slow and calming fashion.
And the earth waits, prepared for a little bit of drying out and some new growth. A few flowers poke their heads out at this elevation, but there aren't too many yet. Winter is barely past on mountain ridge and a late spring is slowly arriving. There are no Calypso Lady Slippers blooming yet! I looked.
Cabin Woods Road provides a leisurely and winding walk between cabin and gate. It's always a relaxing walk. . .and as I sit here at valley home below, I wonder if a black bear might be enjoying it's trail right now.
The cabin flower bed shows signs of winter distress, as things were buried under 20' feet of snow. Crushed fern fronds are still green, though, preserved under cold mountain snows. This fact always amazes me. Why don't they turn yellow and die? Instead they face spring in wilted green, ready to send out fresh and vibrant green fronds soon.
Hope for spring! I found it in Shady Bear Woods next to the kitchen door!
The lavender at home is tall and starting to bloom. But the mountain lavender has a long ways to go! After being buried under such huge piles of snow, it's matted down and awfully spindly. It will take some time of basking in mountain sunshine to decide that summer is nearly here and that it's time to grow again. It will be August before it sets forth blooms on mountain ridge.
Thank you for sharing this visit with me to a place of calmness and tranquility. We stayed until sunset and then headed home wards, refreshed and revived for the week ahead.