It snowed all day long up top while there were just occasional snowflakes falling in town. Trails by the end of the day were soft and deep with new snow and had the appearance of being ungroomed.
I returned to the parking lot after dark, only to find both the high school and middle school buses were still in the parking lot, with lights on but making not attempt to move. One was stopped halfway up the incline leading out of the parking lot, and I couldn't figure out why it was stopped there--it didn't look like it had gone off the pavement, and it would be odd if it had broken down right there. There seemed to be enough room for the other bus to get around, but I wasn't positive, and it kind of looked like there might be a bunch of snow in the gap, and maybe driveable and maybe not. So what was going on? Were the roads closed by drifting snow?
I got in to my truck and changed shoes, since I was going to have to do that anyway, and while I was doing that, someone walked in front of my truck, and I thought I heard them say a wrecker was coming--though now I'm not sure if I just imagined that or not, because I don't know who they would have been talking to, or how I could have heard them over the wind.
After I got done changing shoes and putting on a different jacket I tried to assess the situation as best I could. I really wanted to wait and see if any of the couple of other vehicles in the parking lot could make it out before trying myself, and I wasn't in a hurry. Very soon, a large pickup came down the highway, and parked on the other side of the road. It was followed by a new school bus, which turned into the entrance of the parking lot and stopped right there. I figured there was going to be a passenger transfer from the old buses to the newly arrived bus, but nothing happened. The wind kept blowing and snow was everywhere. It was hard to see.
Then another large vehicle came down the highway, and I could tell as it got closer it was a super sized wrecker. The new bus backed to the other side of the highway, and the wrecker drove into the parking lot, turned around, and then drove up alongside the bus that was halfway up the incline. I could see two people getting out of the wrecker, and they started walking around, but it was hard to see exactly what was going on. And then, after a minute or two, the bus that maybe was stuck or maybe wasn't started moving, and just drove right up out of the parking lot as if nothing had been wrong at all, with the wrecker just sitting by it the whole time. Then the second bus drove out of the parking, than the third bus--which never did do anything--drove off, too. Followed by the wrecker. As the wrecker was leaving, a snowplow came down the highway, and turned into the parking lot. I had had my truck running for a while by then, and as soon as the plow was out of the way, I drove up out of the lot as well.
I never did find out what had happened with the buses. The whole thing was weird from where I sat.