First Hike of the Year, a Quiet, Frosty, Peaceful One
Our first stop was for a quick trek without snowshoes to see the frozen Memorial Falls. The parking lot hadn't been plowed, but Susan's truck handled the deep snow well, even getting us over the berm without goosing it. On the hike, what really surprised us was the frost on the rocks. The creekbed really held an inversion, which made us a bit chilly.
Then it was a short drive to the Jefferson Creek parking area, where we took a 1.5 mile hike up the road along the snowed-in camping sites. The creek held a lot of snow, but it was running and broke through the snow and ice in places, revealing sparkling crystals and gorgeous ice formations. Before we turned around, flakes started coming down, but not enough to worry about.
We got back to the car and ate our lunch before driving home.
Katie had to get back to town, so we didn't stop for anything to eat.