Finally….today was a much needed day spent on the trail before heading into another six day stretch and only one day off for the third week in a row. Days like these are seldom to come by right now and who knows when the next one will be, but in the meantime…..today was beautiful.
Many would say that the hiking season is over, but for a true lover of nature and a hiker I don’t think that statement ever speaks the truth. I have hiked all year around and sometimes you just need to scope out where the best weather is. Probably the only element that deters me a bit are strong winds when it’s cold outside and that will give you a headache for sure and make for a miserable day. On the other hand, hiking in the snow or while it is snowing is very peaceful and nourishing to my soul. Again people may think that the snow is too cold, but you’ll be amazed how nice and warm the sun feels on your skin and if you’re not careful you will hike away with a good sunburn from this seemingly too cold encounter.
Today, I was amazed at how much moisture the recent storms brought to the Sierra. The water levels had risen to submerge my beach and I had no choice but to climb to higher grounds to find a dry sunbathing rock. I was not prepared to find that much snow on the trail and it was pretty deep in a few parts causing the bottom of my pants getting heavy from the wet weight. My shoes also suffered and eventually I could feel my socks getting pretty wet inside of them. Hey, but on the bright side and the silver lining of the story is that my shoes were in desperate need to wash the dust of the previous trails away and after today they are back to almost looking brand new. Almost 😉
There were also a few bonuses today in the form of wildlife. I saw a huge heard of pronghorn antelopes, I know the general area they hang out and I always look to spot them. I have never seen so many all at once until today and it’s nice to see this unusual almost out of place looking animal population thriving in healthy numbers. I saw too many deer’s to count today, a donkey, wild horses, four coyotes, chipmunks, alpacas and a bald eagle flying high above me while sunbathing.
Yep….I would say that “It was a good day”