I put on snowshoes and walked to the mailbox. Along the way, I encountered 2 to 3-foot deep drifts of snow on the trail. In other places, the wind blew the snow clear from the trail. In the relatively protected forest on the shore, the snowfall was actually pleasant and gentle. By comparison, the snow flew in horizontally at the lighthouse, driven to the wind. The river valley acts like a wind tunnel, funneling the northwind. I got around easily enough on snowshoes, so I walked around for awhile in the snowstorm before returning the lighthouse.