In brilliant sunshine, today Karen and I had fun hiking above Squilchuck State Park. Since the trail was packed down by fat-tire bicycles, we used micro-spikes instead of snowshoes. We started on the shady side of the park.
After yesterday's snowstorm, temperatures rose to 42 degrees today.
"Today is the first time this winter that we have been warm during lunch," Karen said. We luxuriated in the sun, sipping tea and sharing treats.
Ice balls and thick snow were sliding off trees in the woods. I got clobbered. With heavy snow and warm temperatures, Washington will be hit with floods, avalanches and landslides.
I removed my gloves to take photos of Karen with her phone.
After yesterday's steep hike, it felt good to get lactic acid out of my legs. The quickest way to get lactic acid out of muscles is to move them the same way. Drink lots of water.
Today was easy: four miles with just 500 feet of elevation gain. We had a marvelous time.