Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Where's that cabin?

My little cabin in the woods is almost invisible in this photo. In summer, it is invisible from this spot. In winter I need a little snow cover to keep it invisible. Overnight, another inch or two of snow fell, and then the rain started. At the moment everything is a slushy mess. Tonight, it will likely turn into a frozen mess, unfortunately. This morning I couldn’t even entice the dogs to play in the snow. They don’t much care for the slush either.

One thing about living in the woods that I never seem to get used to, for some reason, is that travel can be difficult to impossible up at the cabin, but once I get off the mountain, it’s a different world. Down in civilization, the roads can be just wet or sometimes even dry, when up at the cabin I can barely get out or around.

That sometimes extreme difference can make it difficult for me to decide if I should head in to work or not. And for those times when the difference between here and there is at its worst, I have to suffer the unbelieving looks at work when I tell them I couldn’t get out.

This morning wasn’t as difficult a choice as I’ve sometimes had. The schools had a two-hour delay, and I was thinking I might have my own two-hour delay as well. But I managed to get out and discovered merely wet roads once I reached a public road.

Most of the time, I love the difference between life at the cabin and life down in the city. After all, that’s why I wanted to live in the cabin in the first place. It’s only explaining to my boss about my difficulty getting to work when the roads are dry down in the city that’s a bit uncomfortable.


The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Folks in cities are insulated more than they realize from nature and the natural world. Streets and buildings, barriers of steel and concrete and glass, city water and sewer, cable, paved roads and prompt snowplows—all serve to isolate and protect them. The country dweller lives in a different world; when you add a climb in elevation, the difference can be unbelievable.

I wouldn't trade it though, and I'm sure you feel the same.

Carolyn H said...

Griz: no I sure wouldn't trade life at the cabin for city dwelling. It's just a little odd, sometimes, at how much difference a few miles can make.

Carolyn H.

Cathy said...

I got about 4-5 of snow plus some rain and sleet. Made nice heavy stuff to shovel off the deck and porch. Lucky for me today, I didn't have to go to work. They did closed down the schools,

Maybe you should bring in pictures with date stamped on them, to show your boss that things were that bad.

Carolyn H said...

Cathy: I like the idea of a date-stamped photo!! Thanks!

Carolyn H.

squirrel said...

Oh I know exactly what you mean by that difference in climate between the valley and mt. And that look from co-workers. I leave at 5:30 in the morning and it is always a tough decision to make...can I get down safely?

But like you I don't regret it for one moment. Life is much better in slow mode and I love to stay home snowed in even if no one else is, except you of course.