Our first hike of the year coincided with fresh snowfall. Thick cloud cast an eerie blue-grey light and the air was bitterly cold. I don’t mind going out in the cold though, it makes me feel alive and refreshed.
The snow clung to every single branch and plant.
We packed a stove so we could have a warm lunch. Our favourite spicy instant ramen, with some veggies we chopped and bagged at home. The chopped veggies make it an 11/10 hiking lunch. It was a bit too cold for cooking with gas but we got around that by wrapping the canister in one of my gloves.
It would have been nice to stay for longer but our hands started going numb quickly; we haven’t mastered the art of doing everything in gloves yet and had to remove them to eat.
We also had to rip our blanket off the snow when we left because it had frozen to the ground. Our body heat left two butt prints in the snow, even though we put seat pads on top of the blanket.
We walked back down the rocks and onto lake ice below.
And then we walked on a second lake and stood somewhere we can normally only swim to, in warmer weather.
What a way to end January!