|An unusual sight at the cabin! The snow didn't blow!|
|The snow just kept piling up!|
Event #1: Bob had a Dr. appointment in Denver. We had to drive down over Cameron Pass due to big snow and ice and closed highways going over Berthoud Pass. It was a bad drive but we made it. We planned to see his Drs. and go up to Ft. Collins to stay and do Christmas shopping. We did and added 1 more day to our stay since we didn't get finished .
When we got home we noticed that a big piece of the roof cap had blown off. I guess there were some pretty big winds while we were gone. That night we got some more big winds and we could hear a big rattling and banging going on over our heads. Bob had to plow with the Cat the next day to keep the road open (since we had decided to drive all the way into the cabin in the pickup to unload all our stuff for Christmas). He could see our roof from the top of the hill and it was not a pretty sight! A big piece of the metal was ripping off and would need replacing or fixing.
|Hughie watches the "boys" working on the roof. The lift was a "roof saver!"|
|Discussing how to proceed with roof repairs.|
|Our "roof heroes" ascend to the top!|
|Bob plows snow before the big snows hit. See the bare ground by the house? That disappeared a few days later.|
|Pickup at the cabin. A big mistake.|
So we finally tried to drive it out. I followed him in the Argo in case he didn't make it. It was so beautiful that I took tons of pictures as I was following. He made it up the first big hill coming out of the draw so I thought we would have it made. He had to back down and try 3 or 4 times on the next hill up around where the big pine tree used to be (pre-pinebeetle) but he made it! We were going to make it! Oooops a little curve right after the big long barbed wire gate got him! The pickup was sideways in the road with snowbanks blocking him front and back! We would have to go get the Cat.
|Snow on the gate posts. This is the sight of the stuck truck.|
|Stuck truck. The whole back is filled with snow!|
|Bob is trying to get the road opened better so the pickup will get some traction on the dirt. Not successful since there was a layer of ice under all that snow!|
|Pick up is ready to give it one last try! It didn't work! But I did discover the problem.|
Final events: Ozzie, JJ and Erin were coming in from Nevada and the road reports warned of feet of snow on the way. They were on bare roads so they just kept coming hoping to beat the snow. I had to go out in the Argo at 2 AM to pick them up. Each day Ozzie had to make numerous trips in the Argo to bring in all the rest of our family. Some trips--especially Carla's outfit--looked very Grinch-like with Argo and sled piled high.
|Danny's family comes in on the Argo with Ozzie. Seven people with all their stuff!|
|Paul, Thomas, JJ and Ozzie with whoever is on the sled behind are headed up to the sledding hill.|
|Bringing in the Christmas tree on the Argo|
|Casper in the snow. 4 days and a lot of wind and cold later!|
|Looking up the street. Just beyond where we can see is a plowed up drift higher than the pickup!|