It's already mid August. Before long the leaves will be turning and it will be time to build a fire in the fireplace. It will be dark at five in the afternoon and the sun will come up later. Every season here has it's points. Fall is spectacular, but the mountains get crowded with visitors. Winter is quiet, and only the locals are here. That drops the population of the county by about half or more. There are RV parks in my county that are completely full now, but after about the third week of October they'll be absolutely deserted. The tourists don't want to be up here when it starts getting really cold and the snow comes. Once they leave, I can quit worrying about running over ancients in golf carts out on the dirt roads.
The mountains pretty well shut down in the winter. The state park closes the camp ground, all the forest service parks and sites close down. The forest service roads become largely impassable. If snow is coming, I'll have to park my vehicle down on the hard surface road and walk back and forth to the house. That's about a mile and a half one way through the woods. In times past I've hauled supplies up here by sled when ice kept us locked in longer than I anticipated. That's beyond me now though. I'll just have to make sure we have enough sacks of feed, and all other supplies, to see us through any bad weather. Actually, it's good to have a week or two where you can't get out at all, because then you find the holes in your plans.
|frozen rock face . People climb it with ropes.|