Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sledding, Skiing and Sunshine

Usually when I say "sleddin'," I really mean snowmobiling. Last week Joanne reminded me that the term can mean something be precise, sleigh riding. She used ski poles for propulsion and Bridger was a natural braking device. Not a bad little adrenaline rush within a few minutes of the house.

Sunday was one of the most enjoyable backcountry ski tours I've ever done. Snow conditions were unbeatable (deep, with powder on top of a great base); temperatures were perfect (low 20's); we found some new areas to explore, and had it all to ourselves.

It never ceases to amaze me how you can go just a little off the beaten path, and no one is there. One area is overrun with people, and just a hop away is complete solitude. Lots of folks seem to prefer crowds, but when given the chance I'll always choose solitude...and I'm fortunate there is still plenty of it to be had around Driggs. You just have to know where to look.

Thankfully, we've enjoyed copious amounts of sunshine this week. The long-awaited blue skies came just as everyone was reaching their winter "breaking points" and threatening to move south. These sunny Teton Valley days and full moon nights are tough to beat.

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