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Saturday, January 1, 2011
Very Glorious Bushwhacking
The trailhead sign indicates mileage, but today those numbers also served as TEMPERATURES!!! We snowshoed on 1/1/11 at 1 degree! Our beautiful Timpanogos was absolutely STUNNING in her winter gown.
As you can see in these photos, not only did we walk over the snow, we walked UNDER it too! Those poor branches...
The "trail" continues right behind K, underneath all those snow-laden branches. We had already been bushwhacking for quite some time and didn't feel inclined to crawl on our hands and knees. Someone, if you'll notice, made an alternate trail up on the left. Well, being a fair weather ranger and complete chicken most of the time, I decided it was a bit too steep and precarious for me, so we turned around.
I prefer to wear ear grips rather than a hat. Nope, I'm not that gray yet. It was so cold and I was sweating from hiking uphill, thus we see my frosted hair.
A bit of scenery for your perusal. K took a picture of me way out in front as I was snowshoeing down. He said he couldn't keep up with my "death march." I was headed for rays and had found my stride!
By the time we descended out of the canyon and into the sun, the temperature was a balmy 13 degrees. It was a "bluebird" day, as they say, after all was said and done. Please note the heart I drew with my ski pole in the snow on the right. It's one of my snowshoe traditions. K thanked me for getting him out this morning and said our little expedition was "very glorious."