For several weeks Stearns slept under a blanket next to a campfire, where coyotes caused his dog to growl continuously though the night. With the help of a friend, Louie Colver, Stearns built a corral and a log house. One November night they went to bed debating whether to add another foot to the height of the walls before roofing the house. The next morning when they woke up with two inches of snow on their blankets, they decided to roof the existing walls immediately. On Dec. 18, 1866, Stearns and Colver left the ranch and headed for their parents’ farms in the Rogue Valley. Although the snow at Greensprings was two feet deep, they arrived safely and spent four weeks attending one holiday party after another before returning to the lonely ranch in January.
Source: Stearns, Orsen A. Reminiscences of Pioneer Days and Early Settlers of Phoenix and Vicinity. Ashland, Oregon: Southern Oregon Historical Society, 1921-1922. 33-37. Print.