I've determine that getting away at least once during the winter is essential. Even if it is to somewhere colder than where you are.
In celebration of my "week off" (which hasn't turned into much of a week off at all), we headed up to New Hampshire for an overnight. This year, as promised after last year's overnight in an unheated hut, we stayed in a B&B with a jacuzzi, and only ventured out onto the frozen trails during the day.
Initially, I wanted to take Matt on the hike up to Carter Notch, where I stayed overnight last year. It is a beautiful place. But, I've learned over the many years of planning our hiking adventures, that plan B, and sometimes a plan C, helps to prevent my major disappointment when things inevitably do not go as planned. The hut hike was almost 8 miles roundtrip, so we needed to get to the trailhead early. But when we were out the door an hour later than hoped on Sunday morning, and the drive took an hour longer than expected, we both agreed it was time for plan B.
Instread, we took a 3 mile round trip hike up to Champney Falls, on Mount Chocorua. The hike was perfect. Just long enough for a first day out on the trail. Not too steep. And our destination was well worth the effort.
And of course the husky mutt loved being outside in the snow and ice.
She really wanted to climb up that ice wall, just like the ice climbers who vacated the ravine as we arrived. For a little comic relief, Matt offered some support for her decent. She didn't get the joke.
Later this week, a few more pictures from our hike the next day!