I'll use any excuse I can come up with to visit the Yonderosa - this last weekend I had a few of them. Nothing like combining a little business and pleasure.
It was just cold enough to turn the valley rain into snow. By first light the dusting of snow left a picturesque winter landscape for me to enjoy.
In addition to the beauty and the quiet the snow creates a registry of the local critters for me to discover. Deer, Coyote, Grouse, Snowshoe Hare and Douglas' Squirrel were the most common.
I was amazed by the amount of deer activity. About a half hour before dawn I watched a brute of a Whitetail Buck stroll through the meadow. I tried to get a picture but it was just too dark to capture him. Based on his presence and the quantity of deer tracks I believe the rut is still on.
Inside the cabin stayed toasty warm. It took the Big Buddy Heater a little over 2 hours to heat the interior from 25*F to over 60*F. Once room temperature was achieved it was easily maintained with intermittent use of the low setting. Occasionally I would leave it off too long and the medium setting would bring it right back up to cozy warm. Use of the high setting would spike the temperature over 70*F which was uncomfortably warm for me. Shut down the cabin would loose 2-4 degrees per hour depending on the exterior temperature difference.