Things are moving along swimmingly here at the farm. The summer seems to be a mild version of what others in Denver experience. We don’t have A/C-but between the lower temps and the great breeze that flows through the upper part of the house we are quite comfy most days (except when I self-clean the oven on the record setting hot days, oops).
So the summers are more mild, mustn’t the winters also be more, er, chill? Less intense? I don’t think so. You see, there’s this area that is always on the news for being a problem area during winter storms. “Monument Hill”. When we first looked at this house people would ask where the house was in reference to “Monument Hill” (you have to say “Monument Hill” in a deep, baritone voice-with a sprinkle of ominous overtones, otherwise it just doesn’t work as a written word). I would always answer, “You know, I’m not sure. I can’t seem to figure out where “Monument Hill” actually is??”. And then, we approached the house from the south (we’d been coming from the north all the other times). And there it was. The “Monument Hill” sign. You know, the green ones that identify exits, landmarks, etc. off the highway. That’s when I discovered…We are ON “Monument Hill”. Oh geez.
Since then we’ve talked with the previous owner and five neighbors who have all warned us of the intense weather patterns that exist here. One recalled a winter that had over 121″ of snow by January. I’m sorry, what?!?! Now, I am no stranger to snow. We lived at over 10,000 ft. before S was born. That was a lot of snow. This new house is close to the highway-but apparently the main road that leads to our driveway is often closed.
The last neighbor we met actually said (she’s lived here for just two years), “You know, when we first moved in people would warn us about the winters here and we just shrugged them off-thinking they were exaggerating to be more dramatic. But now that we’ve lived here through two winters I no longer think that. So let me put it honestly and straight forward. I am not going to sugarcoat it for you. The winters, especially during a storm, are very intense here. The wind drifts are so high on the main road you won’t be able to go anywhere. I want you to know that.”
Yikes! What a fantastic adventure!! I love snow. You can quote me on that (and may need to remind me of these statements when I am experiencing severe cabin fever and am ready to move to the Bahamas.