My poor hubby was sick with a bad cough, and we spent most of the day following Christmas getting him some medicine (a bit of advice - make sure the health insurance cards in your wallet are up to date before traveling!). My son and I talked about taking a snowshoe hike, but it was mid afternoon before we finally had a chance to go.
|Tree trunks provide the only color contrast|
Luckily, trails abound on the outskirts of the town where he lives. A short 15-minute drive took us to the nearest trailhead. Although we saw mostly nordic skiers in the parking lot, my son discovered an entire system of trails just for snowshoers.
|Love the snowy branch patterns|
Oh, the trees with their snow-covered branches were so beautiful! I'm sure I annoyed my son with all my frequent photo stops. But he was a good sport and patiently waited for me.
|Fluffy cotton snow|
Some bare bushes, their limbs thin little sticks, had caught large clumps of the powdery snow. Kind of looked like big cotton balls perched on top.
|The woods were beautiful|
The ponderosa pine trees with their reddish-brown patterned bark really stood out amongst the snow-covered forest.
|My son allowed one photo|
We hiked for a couple of miles in this white wonderland. Although temperatures weren't much above ten degrees, plowing through the snow soon warmed us. I was even lucky enough to have my camera-shy son agree to pose for a photo. As all mothers know, you can never have enough photographs of your children!
A rapidly sinking sun signaled it was time to turn around. We could feel the temperature dropping. Not wishing to be in the woods after dark, I quickened my pace. Still, I did make time for a few final images, such as this one of some lovely snow-laden branches.
|We barely beat darkness!|
Darkness was already cloaking the forest as we rounded the final bend towards the parking lot. But the silver lining was spotting the moon already rising over the trees. One final photograph to remember a special winter's afternoon spent with my son.