Arriving at the cabin was like Christmas! The stove was still hot and we immediately started shoving Winco trail mix down our throats. I love eating trail mix!
A snowy cabin pic-
Alright... This may be one of my favorite pics ever. The snow was so deep that there was no way baby could follow us. She would have taken one step and been lost to the snow drifts. So- she had to go in my pack. I had never asked her to do this and was almost sick with nervousness, because I was going to be testing her trust in me. Turns out, she was so comfortable she napped while we were trekking up the Mt. on day two. I couldn't believe it and I also couldn't have been more proud of her. I love my dog.Looking back on our fresh tracks.
Two peas in a pod (almost literally)....
Baby enjoying the scenery of the nearby ridge.A picture of the nearby ridge and valley.... I think it was called the Polallie Creek area.
There was a forest fire about a year and a half ago. The contrast of black burned out trees and white snow was stunning. The pictures do not do the scenery justice.
- pack rain gear. I was soaked from the trek up and had the cabin not been there, it would have been a miserable day and evening.
- the split board is not for me. The equipment felt clumsy and slow- leaving me with blisters and bruises. I will opt for snowshoes and a board strapped to my back next time, with the goal of finding a shorter, fatter ski with a X-country type binding that is compact enough to strap to my pack.
- Backpacks equipped for overnight camping and boarding do not mix. This was by far the biggest upset for me. We hiked up even higher on day two with the hopes of making the most beautiful powder turns ever! Turns out a full backpack (dog included) is not conducive to powder boarding. We fixed the equipment to the snowboard mode only to sink down about 2 feet making boarding impossible. I can't really describe the painful reaction this created deep within me. I LOVE powder and I LOVE boarding in trees. This day should have been epic. We ended up tele-skiing down, which was actually not so bad. Live and learn.