We had two small snow storms yesterday and the day before. And it was supposed to get warm again today. The last storm was kind of slushy. I hoped to get some snow hiking in this morning. Got going early so that it wouldn't be in slush and mud.
At 8:10 AM I was at the trail head. It was 17 degrees. No worry about melting here. There were no cars in the parking lot. There were only a few tracks in the snow heading up the trail. After 3/4 of a mile of hiking the tracks went in a different direction than I was going. I was hiking in fresh snow.
It was a bright, sunny day that was warming up quickly. I was shedding various layers that I had on in the beginning to keep warm. The sun shining on the snow made it look like a blanket of diamonds. These pictures do not do it justice.
Alone on the mountain with my thoughts and my mantra reveling in the quiet and solitude.