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Thursday, February 4, 2016

An Unrivaled Force

The world was a bit frustrating today on a lot of fronts. A great example is that I'd tromped over our trails many times in the past few days using snowshoes. I don't love snowshoeing - it's slow and awkward but it's the best way to make solid paths for traveling in the forest after a big snow.

As of last evening, the trails were solid and felt ready for my fat bike. I went out this morning on my fat bike, thinking it would be a fast ride up to our sunrise viewing point. Instead, I found wind-driven drifts across every trail. We made it about 100 yards before the sun rose!

It was the first time I've seen sunrise from the meadow, and it was a pleasant surprise to see how gorgeous the light was so early in the morning.

That light made lemonade out of what seemed like lemons as I tried to pedal through the impossible wind-packed drifts.

So rather than flail around some more in the tough snow conditions, we stopped for a mini-photo session in the meadow.

The only problem was that the wind was still howling so Shyla turned into a snowdog and I had to live with snow crystals pelting into my face.

I must say that Shyla is an amazingly good sport in situations like being out in 30 mph winds that are blasting snow into our faces.

Soon, I grabbed my bike, and we headed for the shelter of the forest. I can't say that the riding got any easier. I mostly pushed my bike through endless snow drifts. That's the way it goes with snowbiking. Mother Nature always wins, and it's best to simply accept her unrivaled force.
Now we are sitting by a warm fire, and those wind-driven snow pellets are a distant memory.

Perhaps tomorrow will be better. Every morning, I feel like sunrise is a new chance at a great day!


  1. I think it would be so fun to walk in the snow paths that you made. It would not be fun to get burried in it though!
    Shyla is a very good sport, and she is having fun as long as you are with her.
    Beautiful photos,, beautiful snow,, beautiful Shyla,,, beautiful bike.
    beautiful blue sky!

  2. Those meadow pictures of Shyla are gorgeous!!! Thank goodness for warm fires!

  3. Fortunately the snow drifts can't last forever. When does Spring usually start?

  4. Incredible photos. Kind of nice to hear you are not completely invincible, though, KB! ;)

  5. Shyla is so cute! I've said it before and I'll say it again! Snowy Shyla photos are my favorite! LOL! :D I hope tomorrow is better for snow biking!

  6. Your photos are amazing, crystal clear. and Shyla, does she love that snow? Thank goodness for the fat tyres.

  7. It sounds like the perfect day for a nice warm fire!

  8. yes mother nature is a champ... but I'm sure spring comes soon :o) otherwise then I will miss to hang around in front of the fireplace :O)

  9. Well, Mother Nature be darned because those photos in the meadow are fantastic! Maybe she slowed you down so you good see how beautiful it was. Enjoy your warming time by the fire!

  10. so glad you made "lemonade'! Shyla is a great sport for sure.
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  11. Hey Shyla!
    Wow, you do amazing snow zoomies! A little snow on the snooter is a small price to pay for such great outdoors time. BOL. Very little snow in my territory this year, so I'm missing it.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Police Commish

  12. I like that snowy light. Shyla is having no qualms about the drifts. It's been windy here, too - I'm not in love with blowing snow when I'm outdoors!

  13. We think sitting by a warm fire is the best thing!

  14. It's a challenge riding in that snow
    Lily & Edward

  15. What a life you lead, you are very blessed.

  16. We sure had fun seeing your snow romp pretty Shyla!

  17. Yup, you can't mess with Mother Nature!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  18. Not sure how you manage to move around in all that snow AND wind. We have a hard time just walking on bare sidewalks with the wind is kicking up:) Shyla sure does love her snow.

  19. Shula is so awesome! I would have headed for the fire right away!

  20. Again amazing pictures of your dog! What a nice scenery... Glad to see that I'm not the only one who hates snowshoeing. I never got why everybody's in love with it. I feel like a Yeti and rather have my wide xc skis under my feet!


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