May 12th we made our journey to northern Colorado to Red Feather Lakes. Not even a week later we are made aware that a gnarly spring snow storm was on its way. So we prepared the only way we knew how. We got the rugs laid down on the floor, did all the laundry, made sure we had enough food and water, and moved some fire wood indoors.
The storm hit may 17th and came three foot in less than 24 hours! We lost power. With the solar and propane we were able to keep up and running. We gained power back for a few hours that night and then lost power again. This time it was out for two days. Tending the fire though the night was not a fun task. We did utilize the wood stove to cook on several different times, which was a first and pretty handy! JT shoveled the snow around the bus to make us walking paths and made a snow skirt around the bus. The snow definitely helped keep us warmer because once it started melting you could really tell the difference.
We ran out of water in our storage tank so we had to utilize the water we had in a 15 gallon tank which was ridiculously heavy and hard to move around. That was nearing empty, we started melting snow to use. Kalon was running out of diapers so I had to hand wash some. Finally after five days they plowed our roads and we were able to go do laundry and get our water pump that had been delivered to the office so we could pump water into the bus tank. Overall we made it through pretty easily. We didn't really expect anything to that caliber and we were surprised how well the bus stood it's own. We didn't have any problems with water freezing and it was relatively easy to keep it warm inside. Of course our temperatures were in the 20's not negatives, but still proud of it!
Of course despite the hard times, we are thankful for the learning experience and good times were still had!!