Fort Snow

If you’ve ever been to Fort Rock in the Central Oregon Desert, you’ll remember that it is formed of jagged lava rock that has taken the shape of a crescent.  It’s dry and desolate, to me.  So now, I seem to be existing in a near replica which I have named Fort Snow.  (Not dry but maybe a little desolate.) The photos attached will tell you the story of the enormous snow load I am dealing with and some of the havoc it has raised. The inside has some significant damage caused by snow melt that crept silently down beams, under flooring, and into the main crawl space under the kitchen .  It’s not the end of the world, but just one more thing to deal with as I pack to move and try to find a place to live.  What a time for Bend to come up with an unprecedented snow dump.

Here’s the story behind my pictorial essay: lots of snow, piles so high I don’t have to think about anyone looking in my windows – or me looking out, tractor heading down towards my front door, Fort Snow forming, dogs going crazy with fun, and at last a fond farewell to my 1990 Subaru Legacy.  She’s off to become a KLCC radio program.

Out my front window.  Huge chunks from ice dams, too heavy to lift.
Out my front window. Huge chunks from ice dams, too heavy to lift.
Saving the roof, Josh was careful with the roof - did a great job.
Saving the roof, Josh and Richard were so  careful with the roof – did a great job.
I can still see the roof…but not much else.

By the way, it’s my 78th birthday, and I so appreciate the many, many birthday wishes that showed up on m Facebook page this morning.  I really needed that kind of support today, and it helped me to remember who we all are – just a bunch of good friends and family who know how to reach out to one another.

Kind and generous neighbor at work - headed toward the front door.
Kind and generous neighbor at work – headed toward the front door.
Fort Snow, West wall.
Fort Snow, West wall.
Isabella and Josh's dog Dusty.  Played hard all day.
Isabella and Josh’s dog Dusty. Played hard all day.
Subaru.  Can't you tell?
Subaru. Can’t you tell?
It took an act of congress to get her out of the snow.
It took an act of congress to get her out of the snow.
She's on her way over the pass to Eugene buried in her favorite stuff, snow.
She’s on her way over the pass – to Eugene – buried in her favorite stuff, snow.

 

6 thoughts on “Fort Snow

  1. Wow! You are nearly snowbound. I am not sure I could contend with all you are. You are one tough lady.
    My cousin lives just south of Sisters. She has had nothing but trouble caused by the snow and she, too, lives alone. Fortunately, she has a son close by who does what he can to help her.
    My daughter lives in Helix, northeast of Pendleton. She left my house on December 27th to return home after our Christmas celebration. Barely got home because the road to their farm had some very high snow drifts. Once they got home they didn’t get out again until late last week. Trapped by the snow 4 to 5 feet high and even larger snowdrifts. The county finally plowed their road so they could get out. What a winter!

    Gerry Thompson

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    1. So many stories, and so much real damage. I hope your daughter’s roofs stayed in tack on all her buildings. This storm was scary, unlike the average snow fall.
      You take care, and yes – this is a lot for an aging Saxon. I am fortunate, like your cousin, my oldest son lives 2 houses down from me and he’s been a gem. (Wonder if I know your cousin. Does she live in Cloverdale, or Plainview – both are south of Sisters? Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Su, I cannot tell you how very sorry I am for you damage and struggles at Fort Snow! Yes, thank God for great neighbors, good friends and love of family. Sill, I owe your good will and gratitude for all you have to your perseverance and faith. I have missed you and friendship of our friends in Bend, but not the snow. In November, 2016, we moved to Grants Pass, Or. and are slowly settling into our new, much smaller home. Our timing couldn’t have been predicted, as we had no idea the winter would be so difficult in Bend after leaving. I continue to hold you and our friends in Central Oregon close to my heart. May your new home be the very best blessing of this New Year.

    Sent from my iPad

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    1. Thank you for your sweet note Susan. So much to do with moving, buying a new place, and now the repairs on the house. Life happens! Good to hear from you. I’ll tell our SD group that I heard from you. Blessings to you on your new life in Grants Pass. Let’s keep in touch.

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