Saturday, January 7, 2017
No margin for error
I've had to scale back in some of my adventures. The day I took the picture above, Ruby and I were going to head up to Aneroid Lake, a 12 mile snowshoe. Ruby doesn't care; she loves the cold and even sleeps outside some nights (the house, even at 60 degrees, is too warm for her). But I realized that hiking in snowshoes to 8,000 feet, on a trail that nobody else would be on, left just no margin for error. We headed out closer to home instead.
I haven't always been so cautious, but just because I want to hike up to a frozen lake in winter, when the wind chill values are -34, doesn't mean I should.
However, these cold temperatures are making some of us cross our fingers. Back in the old days, I hear that the entire Wallowa Lake froze solid enough that people drove cars across it. It's only frozen once since I lived here. This could be the year! Full of hope, I drove there today to check.
A couple of skinny guys were on the ice, one with a rope that the other guy had tied to himself (safety first). They were eagerly checking the ice thickness. Sadly, it is only about three inches--not safe yet. But there is always hope. There should be a payoff for this brutally cold weather!