Sunday, December 21, 2008
Western States Trail on Snowshoe
We finally got some snow in the Sierras this past week. I made plans to run up to the the top of Castle Peak in a pair of borrowed snowshoes, but had to turn my car (I also had all my snowboard stuff in the back as well as the standard sleeping pads/bags. Winter travel is such an ordeal, and though I do love the variety we get with the seasons, there is something to be said about summer/fall when I can travel anywhere with running shoes shorts and a bottle) around in Applegate. Not yet ready to give up on the day, I decided to check out the canyon instead. There was plenty of snow before I even got to Foresthill and I had to reluctantly give up my hope of getting the toad(my Subaru wagon looks like a toad) all the way out to Robinson Flat. I decided to head down the unplowed Bath Road and towards Michigan bluff on the WS Trail. Dropping down was a lot of fun, even though snowshoes sure do slow you down(I could definitely use some technique pointers on this one, I don't know anything about snowshoeing). I was all alone in the surprisingly deep snow. there were a few icy puddles in the flat spots, some of which I could jump across and more then one where I came up short with a soaking wet sock. It was very cool to look out across the canyon and see snow falling in the fog. I wasn't moving too fast and didn't have any workout goals in mind, I just wanted to play around with some snowshoes. The relaxed expectations enabled me to bring a camera along and snap some amateurish action pics. By the time I came back up to Bath Road it had been paved and I opted to kick the frames off and boogie up the pavement in my Skylites feeling somewhat liberated.