"Beautiful End to a Rough February" (pictures)
Now began the hard part. The steep hike up the unbroken Phoebes Nable Mt. trail. Scott led the way most of the climb through very deep snow. Coyote tracks crossed and followed the woods road most of the way. We past yet a known porcupine "hang out area" and found him in his favorite tree, high up on a branch facing the bright, warm sunlight. He had the right idea! We continued on up to the summit of Phoebes Nable Mt.
The summit was a giant mound of snow, the view across the valley to the hills back-dropped by a bright, crisp blue sky. There was no wind and the sun was warm. What a great day! We took a break, taking in the view and taking pictures. Then decided to head back the way we came, so that we wouldn't have to break another 1.5 miles of trail! The hike back was fairly quick.
The hike wasn't without falls, kind-of inevitable when on snow shoes! Kate had the most, and had us laughing (with her, not at her, LOL) as she had a camera in each hand...so when she went down it was elbows out and face first into the fluffy snow. Ahhh, what us photographers put ourselves through! The day ended with the Coskie's inviting us into there home for hot chocolate, sandwiches and hot-out-of-the-oven cookies...YUM! Thanks so much Tony and Joann :)