"-8°F" screamed the outdoor thermometer when I woke up this morning. Can you tell that the world was in a deep freeze based on this photo? You can see K's agility teeter-totter sticking up out of the deep snow.
Nope - the next check showed -10°F. At that point, I decided that we had to go for it. I put on a ridiculous number of layers, dressed K in her snow boots, and readied my snowbike. I didn't look at the thermometer again because I was sure that the news wouldn't be good. We burst out of our clearing through the narrow passageway between snow-flocked pine trees.
K led the way, enthusiastic to explore our crystal-clear world.
Indeed, a little later in our ride this morning, K's enthusiasm for our outing started to flag. I wanted to get a photo of her with the beautiful snowy mountains behind her but she needed to traipse through the deep snow to a boulder for me to take the photo. She wasn't enthusiastic, hanging back next to my bike. I didn't insist.
a brush with hypothermia when a surprise cold front and rain engulfed me during a mountain bike ride.
It's fun challenging myself to get out into the forest even on the days like today. I'm always grateful that I did because the beauty astounds me.