With the week long coldmageddon ended, it's now safe to be actively "out & about" for an extended period of time. I picked Barrier Lake Lookout to be my destination for today. I know how beautiful that whole area is at this time of year. I hit the highway blending in with the migration west. Even while on my way west, I was experiencing that fulfilling feeling. I turned off where life begins at Highway 40 along with many others. Yet I was the only one that turned off for the Barrier Dam Parking Lot. While it was not early, the lot was empty. I was surprised to see the new main lot was closed. I parked, geared up and took off just as a vehicle with a biker guy pulled in beside me.
This is my kind of beauty!
The snow was drifted and deep just getting to the dam.
The wind bit me like it normally does along this section.
I made quick business of crossing the dam and getting into the shelter of the trees.
The trail into the trees was packed.
My spikes were sufficient enough.
I eyed up to where I planned to go. The going looked good from here so I went for it.
So, I made this my high point!
See, it is beautiful up here!
It was windy and nippy out here in the open.
I needed a hot drink so eventually managed to get some tea into the cup.
I was a tad disappointed to not make it to the Lookout. It would be incredible up there today.
I packed up and headed on back down.
This was the view as I took one last look back up. It was not until I made it down to the switchbacks that I met others on their way up. We shared pleasantries with a couple of ladies inviting me to go back up with them as their intentions were to hit the Lookout. I passed on the invite and continued on my way.
This is my favourite photo of the day!
It was wild at times.....
.....and other times, as calm as could be!
By the time I got back to my car, the small section available to park was close to being full. I am sure after today, there will be a beaten snow path all the way to the Lookout. Another try may be in order. What a relief it was to be back outside on the move in our amazing mountain playground.
I did not let those coldmaggedon days last week just pass on by.
I am back into cross-stitching after decades and I am enjoying it!
I completed this project on Saturday after many coldmageddon hours working on it.
My next project is to turn this photo I love so much into a cross-stitch pattern and then stitch away.
I have only ever stitched from a store bought pattern so this will be a first for me.