Winter is here, at least for a day. This was the view on our deck this morning. We have nine chairs lined up in a row so that R can crawl forward and backward under them for his rehab. I think we're going to need a new setup for snow season!
The first day of riding in truly wintery conditions always throws me for a loop. I have to find my warm cycling clothes and water-resistant shoes, and then I start cursing the need for so many clothes. Silly me - I always end up appreciating the beauty when we finally get out the door.
And, this year, I have the perfect bike for this "shoulder season" when we have only a thin snow layer. My new bike has 3" wide tires. It handled fabulously in our first snow, letting me wind through the same trails as in summertime.
I stopped to take lots of photos of our temporary winter wonderland.
And, we saw bear tracks in the snow! On the left is my boot print - enlarged by the clumps of snow sticking to my boot. The bear's hind paw was pretty big - probably bigger than my actual foot.
After a stormy start to the ride with snow falling out of the sky for a while, the sun finally broke through the clouds. Shyla was full of energy despite having a rough night due to a minor setback in our effort to control her epilepsy.
This was what the world looked like at the end of our ride. All the snow will likely be gone by tomorrow evening.
After returning home, I learned of very sad news - that the seizure monster took our friend Ciara's life. I was deeply shaken up by that terrible news. Ciara's mom had been offering us words of support as we navigated the start of the epilepsy journey with Shyla.
You can see that Shyla has a new tag in case we ever get separated. It says that she has epilepsy and the back of it says which medicine she needs. It gives me a little peace of mind.
Rest in peace, Ciara. We are heartbroken.