Finally. . .we were able to pass through the snowbanks. . .and get to the cabin. It's been eight months since the snow arrived. It's mostly gone now except in shady spots in the woods, and one spot on the road up the mountain where it has stayed deep and mushy for weeks on end! Each time we have arrived at this spot, one or more 4x4 trucks have been stuck. Brent has pulled three of them out of the deep snow so far. On our last trip up the mountain we again towed someone out and they returned down the mountain and said they'd try again another day. But my optimistic husband thought that we could get through. I held me breath, and he slowly inched along through the deep, packed yet mushy snow. And we made it! Once we were through that part of the road it was clear driving all the way in. The wildflowers were blooming on the mountain top. Due to the difficulty we had getting there this year, we missed seeing the early spring flowers. But the violets, wild strawberries, and calypso lady-slippers are all blooming and looking cheerful and beautiful. We un-boarded the cabin and were happy to find everything exactly as we left it. No mice! No leaks! It was cozy, clean, and comfy, just as we left it. In the midst of winter, the snow levels reach the second floor, so both the lack of mice and leaks is a sure victory. We enjoyed a picnic lunch in the sunshine, a hike through the woods, and some quiet time with a good book. It was a happy relief to finally be able to spend some time on the mountain.