On the night of Tuesday, February 12, into the next morning, snow began falling in our part of California in amounts we have not seen in years. By the next day we were covered by 25 inches of fresh powder, making the simple act of getting to church a real challenge. We began the work of clearing paths, which continued most of the day. The county snowplows that usually clear our road were nowhere to be seen. As it turned out, a foot of snow had fallen in Redding, the closest city, and had contributed to a large power outage there. The snowplows were diverted in that direction. As a result, no vehicles could drive up or down the mountain to our monastery for several days. The plows arrived only on Saturday. As can be seen in the photos, our forest is remarkably beautiful in such weather.