THESE ARE A FEW
OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
If I were to encapsulate everything I love about winter, it would encompass lots of fresh snow, blue skies, and yes, call me crazy, freezing temperatures. A perfect day would start out slow and relaxed (you have to dig yourself out of the driveway anyway), a stop at your favorite coffee joint and shoot the shit with some locals, before heading out for the mountains, camera strung around the neck. A snowshoe hike would be in order, of course, the quiet evergreen forest still cloaked in snow, waiting to dwarf you. A whisper of a wind shaking a clump of snow off a tree limb, a low whimper of a small animal, undistinguishable animal prints on the snow, the hushed rumble of the creek nearby.
I am not one to hike alone. This is probably just the third time I’ve done it and the second time was struck with a lot of panic and terror (for mountain lions out to maul me). But the fear, as is the case most of the time, is of the unknown – and the only way to overcome it is to confront it. I didn’t have any of the fear I had the last time and it is so empowering and validating to be able to play outside and do what makes your heart skip beats without fear of death gripping you.
Not quite ready to let this day go just yet, I figured I’d go for a walk at the marina. The day was just so beautiful, almost painfully so! I did a loop around the lake and by the time I was back at the parking garage, the golden hour has just crept in. I had a panorama of Mount Rose and the Peavine mountain range, where snow had started to fall again.
These are a few of my favorite things.