For most people, Saturday is a day to sleep in, but I think I forgot how to do that somewhere along the line. After a ride on the bike, I went upstairs to see if Sara was awake (which she was). It had snowed a ton, so I figured it would be a day to just relax inside. Instead, for some reason, I suggested that we go snowshoeing, and Sara thought that would be fun.
We got out our snowshoes, all of our hiking gear and got ready to go. We decided to head up to Spruce Mountain Open Space, which is just a great place to go snowshoeing. There was only one other car in the parking lot, so we had the area to ourselves most of the time. We broke fresh tracks for much of the hike. It was quite beautiful and very quiet. Usually, it’s very windy in Colorado, but today, it was really quite nice and there was hardly any wind which made the woods extremely quiet. The only sound was the occasional chirping of a bird and the wondrous thud of snow falling from the pine trees. I can't remember the last time it was so peaceful and serene.
We hiked up the trail to the first overlook and then decided to keep going to Windy Point. One our way up, we saw a very beautiful and striking bird that must have been migrating through. It had a yellow body and red head. Against the snow it was quite impressive. Turns out it was a male Western Tanager. Other than the bird, we saw one other couple with their dog but they didn’t make it all the way to windy point because it was quite difficult to hike in the snow. Cutting fresh tracks in 1.5 -2 feet of snow was honestly quite brutal. By the time we got there, we were both pretty tired. We had some snacks, then headed back. By this time, the sun had come out, so it was really quite warm. Even though the temperature was only in the 30s, the absence of wind made it quite comfortable so I hiked in a T-shirt the whole way back.
All in all, it was over 5 miles of hiking in the deep snow. What a glorious way to spend the morning.