Last week, winter returned to the Palouse. We got about six inches of snow in Deary, most of which was still around over the weekend. On Sunday, I joined a group of students and post-docs for a snowshoeing trip to Moose Creek. Although it was a foggy and overcast day, we had a great time.
I’m always amazed at how much more snow Moose Creek gets, despite its close proximity to home. I estimate the snow was about a foot deep, which is plenty for snowshoeing. We ended up hiking just under 2 miles in before turning around and heading back. I’ve forgotten how much energy is required to walk in snow, and after four miles, I was thoroughly whooped. I also brought the dogs along, including two that we are watching for other people. The four dogs had a blast and came home exhausted.
I can’t wait for more snow to fall. Since I won’t be skiing this year, I’ll be doing more snowshoeing and maybe some cross-country skiing. Erin got a pair for Christmas, so she’ll be coming along, too. And I’ve got more friends excited for some winter exploration when they return from break. It’s going to be a good winter.