This year the snow in our area was both wonderful and very tiring! We sure do need the snow pack for our summer irrigation, and water for the communities. At Tahoe, the skiing was amazing even in this economy there was a lot of business! The snow pack was reported to be 159 % percent of normal! I spent the last few days painting this scene which is viewable from our driveway, ( the peak) and about a mile for the full view either direction from our little Dutch Valley ranch. Its Woodfords Canyon in the background which is on Hwy 88 going south to Calif. and thru Hope Valley after the canyon. I have been told about local people in the late 1800's having some rather horrific accidents with horse and carriage , going thru the canyon during a flash flood and rainstorm in the summer! Its the southern route getting to the Gold Fields and over the Sierra's to Calif, so there are many stories. The little house sits in Diamond Valley and now is all alone. In the early 1900's there were many little ranches and homes as homesteaders tried to make a living here. None made it, except maybe Snowshoe Thompson, a local legend. He was said to have carried the mail thru all weather to California using snowshoes, a plaque is alongside the hwy that goes across the valley. The history is almost as amazing as the mountains here!