It was intended to be a little walk rather than an actual hike/snowshoe. However, it had snowed during the night – the heavy, wet, gummy kind of snow. Needless to say that made for very heavy going on the trails.
So I met up with my new hiking buddy, Sheila, at the trailhead shortly after 10 and we set off – first to do the awesome trail and then the lake loop at Bannock Point.
It took almost three hours and it was heavy work. I plunged through twice well past my knees – and it was the kind of snow that gets hold of your snowshoes and will. not. let. go.
So – it was a super snowshoe because we got out and it was warm and lovely – and it was the first time we’d hiked alone together and gave us a good chance to get to know each other better.
Conclusion – she’s a truly super person: positive, optimistic, fun, kind – and hikes the way I do – for the sheer beauty of being in nature and for the pleasure of moving her body.
I am now determined to work for the rest of the day; I want to get some writing done and, with any luck, make a nice dinner.
I rather wish I was feeling more inspired today -but I’m not. I am feeling a bit “blah.” We are out of firewood and I am trying to evolve mental strategies to stay warm until the end of the week. Happily, Simon is doing the bathroom (the peach paint will soon disappear! Yay!!!!) so a lot of hot baths may well be in the offing. Luckily, the temperatures are warming up too – that’s a good thing. And I suspect that when we do get our next lot of wood, it’s going to burn pretty darn well.
Living out here, it seems that you have to learn to roll with it more than usual. Mostly, I think I’m okay with that.
Time to get to work – channel my energies down some deep inner and possibly creative paths.