Scott packed down the snow around the cabin with his rented snowmachine in order to pull the windows up closer.

Scott packed down the snow around the cabin in order to pull the windows up closer.

With snow still heavy on the ground, I made a trip out to the property on Saturday, March 20 with my girlfriend’s neighbor, Scott. He was eager to assist in hauling out windows and interested to see how things were taking shape at the cabin. Of course, I hadn’t been out since the previous October, so neither of us knew what to expect. I for one had my concerns about the state I left the cabin in and what all the snow might have done… and if it was still standing at all.

Per usual with running around – picking up a trailer over here, renting a snowmachine over there, then picking up another one from George Woodbury, my boss’s brother – we didn’t get on the road nearly as early as what I had liked. Then, once at George’s property in Trapper Creek where the windows were stored, we had another ordeal of digging the windows out of snow, hauling them to the truck, loading them into the trailer, then repeating the process. To make matters worse, we had to take all the windows to the parking lot for my property, drop them off, then return to George’s place for the snowmachine that couldn’t fit with the load.

All that said and done, hauling the windows in was a breeze. I’m still amazed at how fast I can reach my cabin in winter. It takes roughly fifteen minutes via snowmachine on groomed trail most the way, and another well packed trail that leads right to the cabin. I really lucked out with the property I purchased. Winter access is awesome. In the summer, as many know, it’s a minimum of 1 hour and 45 minutes, and getting stuck is all too common.

Scott and I made two trips with windows without a hitch. At the cabin, we also took time to ride around a bit and get the trail packed down.

As for the cabin itself, well, the tarp had collapsed in (as I knew it would) under the weight of all the snow and ice. A long 2 x 12 board that was spanning the entire cabin from wall to wall had also snapped in two from the weight. It wasn’t anything used for structureal support, only to assist in putting the tarp up. However, it was going to become my ridge beam at some point. My major concern at this pint was the fact that both ends of the board were leaning up against my walls, right at a center week point, with tons of snow pushing against them and pushing the wall out. It was an alarming sight at first until I had a moment to realize how easy it would be to fix. There was no structural damage that would weeken the wall once I pulled it back and continued building. But, it still annoyed me to leave the wall in that state.

Our winter days are short, so after toasting with a cold beer Scott and I had to return home. Along the way we took a few minutes to enjoy the rented snowmachine and goof off a little, then made our way to the truck to load up for the drive south.

I owe Scott a big thanks for helping with the windows! He’ll be welcome at the cabin any time.