When we were at Wyndson Cottage for a week in January, we were a little disappointed that the days were grey. We only saw a bit of sun one day. There was some snow on a few days, which was expected, but we were quite disappointed at the lack of sunshine.
This last trip though, it was so exciting to wake up the first morning there to clear skies and the sun coming up. By mid morning it was beautiful. The temperatures were above freezing, and it felt very Springlike. I wanted to go up the mountain. We were really trying to be conscious this trip of not over exercising Calli, so Larry was a little hesitant as we had headed out with the three dogs. I said we'd just go up to the water tower, which is just a little ways up, and has a gravel switchback road leading to it. We got to the tower, it was warm, it was beautiful. Luna figured it was time for a snow bath, or a face wash at least. There was a hard crust on the snow right there, and it was like she was trying to break through it.
So then I said well maybe we could go along that trail over there, it's flat (thinking of Calli). The only thing was there was a steep ravine between us and the trail. So we slid down it on the icy side that was facing north, and slip slided our way up the south facing, muddy melting side, pushing and dragging Calli along with us. Actually, we had to get off the trail and use the hummocks of grass to pull ourselves to the top, because heavy mud was accumulating on our boot soles. And then we were on the level.
The trail headed off between two small hills. Luna was all over the place, figured she was smelling deer, so made sure we kept her in sight.
The trail came out into the open and the hill dropped off to the north, and presented a great spot for a group photo. Of course in the time spent trying to get the perfect shot (impossible) Jake was telling me that the sun reflecting off the snow was just getting too darn bright!
The view to the north
And then the deer appeared
We saw five of them. They kept disappearing and then reappearing in another spot. Maybe there were more than five. The dogs didn't notice them. I think they were out of their sight line.
Time to head back for lunch.