From the valley view, most of the snow on the mountains has melted. Except for a distant mountain range, the hills from the distance are a beautiful blue. We decided it was time to see if we could get to the cabin. With high hopes, we packed a lunch and headed out. The day was perfect! Sunshine and the warm air was such a treat! Things looked promising as we left the paved roads and headed up the mountain on a familiar dirt road. As it wound along ridges and hills, it was dusty and dry. Although those aren't traits we welcome mid-summer, they seemed to be a good omen for May. The farther we got, the more hopeful we became. Maybe we could get close enough that we could at least hike the rest of the way there. But, there is one area of shade that covers a hill going up a north slope. It is the problem area for early spring access, and unfortunately it proved to be impassable. We gave it our best shot, making sure the truck was securely in four wheel drive. But packed, mushy snow is slippery, and before long we decided it was too risky. We didn't want to get stuck. So, we backed down the hill. We parked at the bottom and analyzed the snowdrift. It will be at least two more weeks before that much snow will melt. Two more weeks before we can get to the cabin and open its windows and doors! Disappointed, but still enjoying the day, we leisurely meandered down the mountain, stopping here and there to enjoy the spring flowers and open meadows. The view of the valley was amazing and we enjoyed the quilted effect of wheat fields below. Nature brings rest for the soul.
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