Warm Winter Hikes

Palm Canyon Kofu National Wildlife Refuge in Yuma Arizona - winter 2002.

We were becoming too predictable. So I said, “lets go hiking – in snow – in Utah this winter.”  This was a crazy idea because Weasel hates the cold. I mean he really hates the cold. All our friends and family know that. I couldn’t believe his answer – “OK.”

Our seasonal business allows us to take several months off in the winter. For over 20 years, we always headed to warmer climate. Summer is our busy season, so we never get to experience Northern places. We decided to rise to the challenge and just do it.

We bought cold weather clothes, water proof hiking boots, crampons (chains for our boots), new ski masks and gloves. We did a practice hike in Virginia when our first snow came in December.

“suddenly our plans changed to a road trip”

The logical thing to do would be to fly into Las Vegas, but the day before I was ready to book it, Weasel woke up in a cold sweat, “I had a nightmare about women with big coats, stuffing Christmas packages in the overhead compartments and babies crying.” Suddenly our plans changed to a road trip.

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