four years ago today [2012.10.22]
i woke up covered in snow this morning. the girl at the campground had said it wasn't going to stick. i was laying in bed in the morning not feeling like getting up right away.. although i had the heat on, i think i was still cold. it felt like i didn't have to rush, though i decided i ought to get up and go outside to see the little bit of snow that was there before it melted.
as i started to explore, i discovered at least several inches of snow covering everything, and it was still coming down. the top of my camper was bowing down in the middle. i opened the hatch to try to get some of the snow off the roof and some fell on my bed. i didn't have a snow brush or anything so i was using my hands which were quickly freezing through my old gloves. i had forgotten my folding bike outside the night before and had to get the snow off of it and pack it up. waking up to this much snow certainly was an adventure i hadn't expected. i couldn't get that much snow off the roof.. when i went to close it, i almost got smacked in the face with the piece that helps you put it up, as it quickly slammed down with all the weight on it. usually bungee cords help pull the tent material together though the roof slammed down so quickly that they couldn't react and the tent material was hanging off the sides of the camper. the roof wouldn't budge when i tried to lift it back up to put the tent back inside, so i had to drive with it like that until i got to lower elevation where the snow had melted. i think i put the truck in 4x4 to help make the way through the snow, especially where it wasn't yet plowed. the four wheel campers factory wasn't too far out of my way that day, so i stopped by and was told it was probably fine despite the bowing and driving with the tent material out. gratefully, i never had any issues with leaks or anything after that.. i'm glad the camper was durable.
on my way to another campground, i saw some dark clouds all around. i rode my bike around the lake at the campground and appreciated the warmer temperature. it was a bit crazy.. in just a few days' time i had experienced summer, fall, and winter.