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Checking a Winter Cabin

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on March 24, 2020 05:39

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All night long we could hear animals around our mountain cabin, but none tried to get in.

We were having dinner with three friends that had a cabin near the Sonora Pass, and were on their way to spend a night at their cabin in February. They left Twain Heart about 6:00 a.m. and were at the Sonora Pass Snow Closure around 9:00 a.m.

They said that they would drive all the way up to where you made a right-hand turn and up about five miles.  And then they would use their snowmobiles to go farther, to where the cabin was located. 

Scratch marks were deep into the door, near the door and on the ground was splattered wood that was ripped off the cabin. 

But no one or animal entered the cabin. After taking off the wood on the door, we opened the cabin and walked into the living room. 

No one has been in the cabin since we locked it up in August. It did look, on the outside, like bears tried to get inside but it was locked up tight. We got out the musty smell, made the beds, swept the floors and started the woodstove. 

The cabin warmed up and we had a nice place to spend a night in February this year near the Sonora pass. 

After dinner, we took two chairs and sat outside in the dark. We could hear, in the distance, animals walking around. When the sounds got closer we went inside with our chairs and locked the front door. 

All night long we could hear animals roaming around the warm cabin and none tried to get in. 

When we woke up, in the morning it was still dark and very quiet outside. We ate breakfast, put away the blankets, restocked the cabinets with can goods, and made sure that the water outside of the cabin was turned off tightly. We then ran the sink faucet until no more water came through the kitchen faucet.

A dusting of snow fell after we went to bed, but not enough to cover many of the bald spots that were along the road. 

We loaded the SnowCats and started back to Twain Heart. On the way back, we reported to two county deputies what we saw in the area and how much snow we had near the cabin.

Several years ago during a similar season, as this year, several people went into the area and caught two men tearing up cabins, but this year it was just a pleasant overnight trip. 

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on March 24, 2020 05:39

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