As I so often say – it’s good to have a Plan B in your back pocket.
I headed off to Whitewater this morning with the intention of going up Evening Ridge. And before I say anything else, let me just say that I drove up all the way to the parking lot in our little car – and if you don’t understand the significance: it’s winter! Snow on the road! Slush and ice on the road! I did it! Yay!
Okay – back to today. I arrived. I got out of the car. It was windy with a few ice pellets coming down and the ridge totally socked in. I began to formulate Plan B. Twenty minutes later the plan was solid. The wind howled into my face and it gusted. I think they’re called “squalls” and they brought ice rain and then snow. This didn’t seem a great time to do Evening Ridge. I didn’t even want to think about the speed of the winds up there. Even White Queen seemed not a great idea – and besides, I’d done the queen.
So I did the safe thing and headed up Mount Beattie and even that – there were a few times I felt like Leo DiCaprio in The Revenent – head down, plowing into the teeth of the wind.
How bad was the wind? Well, the day before a goodly contingent of KMCers had gone up leaving good tracks. The track this morning was faint and in places had completely disappeared.
All that said, I made it up two hours after setting out, grabbed a snack, and plunged back down. That’s where I met a KMCer who wanted directions up White Queen. Let me tell you – I am sooo qualified to show people the right way up. We were close so I showed him the way. And then I ran into Helen who told me that another snowshoer had described me recently as an energetic woman in her mid-fifties!
Do I really need to say that this made my day?
Happy dance! Fist bumps to everyone!
Oh – and I have decided, upon quiet reflection, not to stop political posts. What I am going to do is to be as polite and accurate as I possibly can be. But “polite” and “respectful” aren’t quite the words I’m looking for – because there are people and times that don’t merit respect. For now, I’ll go with “mindful.” That is – paying conscious attention to the words I am choosing and making sure they accurately reflect my thoughts and feelings while also taking into account the effect those words may have – and whether that is the effect I intend to create.