With lots (more than 11 feet in the mountains above me since January first alone!) of snow, Burley and I have been enjoying quite a few snowshoes through the woods. I love being able to float over the deep snow, the quiet of the winter woods, and
getting out in the fresh cold air.
Over the years I've received quite a few questions along the lines of "how do you handle being cooped up for 8 months of winter in a tiny house?" The simple answer is, we're never cooped up! No matter the weather, we spend a lot of the day outdoors. Wether walking a packed trail, snowshoeing through deep powder, shoveling snow at our house and others, shoveling roofs, etc. It's really true that there's no such thing as bad weather, just unprepared people. We both love being outside in the winter!
While we still had fun, we didn't move far or fast on this particular walk. The snow is deep and powdery enough now that modern aluminum framed snowshoes just can't handle travel through it. Leaving me still sinking to my knees with every step. And trying to not only lift your feet, but snowshoes as well through that depth, is truly exhausting in short order. Though I would have sank much further without them, it's time for the old fashioned 5 foot long wooden snowshoes to come out. A friend loaned me theirs and they are truly far superior to the modern version if the snow is deep and soft. I've since acquired an old pair of my own.
With the snow rapidly deepening, Burley, and much of the wildlife, finds traveling in the creek easier than walking through the snow. This stream, while very cold to the touch, doesn't freeze solid due a few warm spring that feed into it. No, not like fun to sit in and soak, just above freezing.
And one night we went for a little almost full moon snowshoe through the falling snow. If there was not a solid cloud cover and snow falling, it would be much brighter, but still plenty of light to see.
Can you pick out the two moose ahead of us in the photo below? We gave each other a wide berth.
And then there was a sunny day! In the winter here, that can be a pretty rare thing so it was nice to head out across mostly open fields and enjoy the feel of the warmth. What's your favorite activity when it's cold outside?