The plan for this morning was for the two early birds in the house (Mark and myself) to head out first thing and catch the sunrise while breaking in our new snowshoes. When morning came, one early bird didn't quite have the heart to wake up the other one. It's so rare that either of us sleep in. He was eager to go though once he did wake up - moments before sunrise - so we headed out instantly.
We didn't quite make the sunrise, but close enough.
The temps were in the negative. Didn't care.
I had originally planned to start at the front of the school and work our way back here, but the view from the road showed that the wind had blown most of the acreage in the front of the school down to the grass. We headed directly towards the back instead. We've launched a few hot air balloons from here, and this is where I hang out when the fourth graders are out on recess.
Having flown over it before, and knowing that the cross country teams run through here - I knew there was a trail to explore. It was clear that another snowshoeing explorer had beat us here. Based on my reading of the clues - that person came through late last evening.
I was ecstatic about the whole adventure. Our conversation went something like this:
Me: Isn't this fantastic? Aren't we lucky?? Oooh, look - fresh animal tracks! Mark, do you realize how few people will be back here this winter? And we're doing this before the others are even awake!! WE ARE LIVING! Are you as excited as I am? How could you not be, silly question. OOOH! I had an idea Mark - we could come to school early when school starts again and get in a lap before the first bell! Wouldn't that be wonderful!!?? Should we go out check out the front of the school after this? ooooh, Mark! Look at the light coming through the trees! Isn't it marvelous!!
The one thing that did have me hesitating, and that had us starting even later, was that not yet plowed driveway. My mom never would have let me drive in. I'll take her with me once they plow. I did a few passes of both entrances before I couldn't resist at least trying. Those new snow tires made all the difference. I just knew I couldn't call mom if I got stuck. That would have resulted in a few too many statements that would sound a bit like, "Have you learned nothing???" I wasn't really ready to bring another tow receipt up to my cousin's insurance office so soon either. So, phew - we made it.
I did leave Mark at the van and ventured out for a quick peek from the front of the building before we headed home for breakfast. A quick view from my normal work day parking spot.
I can't wait to go again. Snowshoeing, not work.