On Saturday Big Lake received approximately 5" of snow. It was the first snowfall of the year. On Sunday we (Topaz and I ) broke trail for a few hours, enjoying the first snow shoe run of the year. Last night we (Topaz and I) hit the trail again for an hour and a half.
Today it began snowing around noon and it is still snowing! All day long I was excited to get out in the snow. Yes, I'm the one who likes running in the heat of the day, who doesn't like winter. Well, this winter I'm turning a new leaf. I am telling myself I LOVE winter. I LOVE snowboarding, I LOVE snowshoe running, I LOVE snow. SO, yeah, I was excited all day long for the snowshoe run on the trail.
As I walked into the house after work, I thought about preparing dinner, youth group tonight, the two pans of Special K Bars I need to bake, Tyler's birthday cake I need to begin, etc. and thought maybe I'd scratch my second workout of the day. When I told the boys what I was thinking they looked at Topaz and said 'ah, Mom, Topaz would be so sad not to run in the snow tonight'. I looked at his sad little face, watched the boys bundle into their winter clothes to slide down our hill, saw the turkey stew I had prepared this morning and placed into the crock pot, and decided to hit the road to the trail. Driving was horrible, it took me 25 minutes to get to the trail. But ah, was it worth it!
The snow was wonderful! All of my trail blazing was covered with fresh snow. It was peaceful, still and white. Oh, a lot of hard work too! Foraging through drifts and new fluffy snow can be exhausting! I was soaking wet from sweat and decided tomorrow I will be wearing one shirt, not two. I think I'll even strap on my heart rate monitor to see what I'm hitting. It's up there.
For some reason the deer don't hear us as well with the snow cover. Maybe crunching on the dirt trail is much louder than snowshoeing, maybe the snow blankets some of the sound Topaz and I make..I'm not sure the reason, but the deer are right near the trail and we are almost on top of them before they scamper off. It's amazing. Today I saw two owls and a bald eagle that scared me to death. It was eating a carcass of something gross near the river. I don't like birds.
While we were running toward the car I realized my face was sore. I then realized that it was because I was smiling and laughing so much. I was totally enjoying myself! My face was aching with joy.
Topaz and I ran for 90 minutes, by the time we arrived back to the car it was dark.
I'm sure glad I decided to hit the trail today! So it Topaz :)