Bluebird day creates variety of snow; Sheila coined a new phrase
We hadn't been to Teton Pass area yet this year, so it was time: the weather looked great, the roads not too bad, so we headed out at 7:30 a.m. for a 3-4 mile snowshoe trek from the Teton Pass ski resort to Waldron Creek and out.
It was a bit cold with a breeze when we started out but quickly warmed up. The snow, however, was pretty crusty for the most part from melting a day or two before and didn't soften much as the day wore on. In a few places under the trees we did have some heavy powder, but at least we weren't breaking though the crust.
Since we didn't have to break trail, we made record time to Waldron Creek. Sheila and Kuntzie decided to take a bit of a break while, Susan, Randi and Katie continued another quarter mile down the trail toward the bowl to get a bit better views. We soon ran out of broken trail, so we returned to KuntZ and Sheila. Then we backtracked to the road, meeting Katie's husband Tom along the way. We also saw some very distinct cat tracks, probably a bobcat or smaller mountain lion. It must have been chasing all the snowshoe hares as the area around the creek was full of their tracks.
Along the way, we had a few falls, but nothing too dramatic. And Sheila has a famous quote on our home page now. When we took pictures of her, she said, "Does my hair look okay?" as if it would, wearing hats and getting battered in the breeze, haha.
Tom had driven the car down the road, so we were all able to put our snowshoes in the back, so we didn't have to carry them up the road about a mile back to the ski resort. The road was a bit icy in spots so we had to watch our step. As we approached the resort, a dog came at us, growling and barking, the hair on his back raised, but he settled down. Katie thought she might have to use her bear spray for a minute!
Then a family with food presented a better alternative for the black lab mix and he wandered away; as he did so, Tom pulled up in the car.
We got our lunches out and ate on the porch of the lodge except Randi and Sheila who decided to get back to GF, while Kuntz went in to order a Caesar salad wrap, homemade clam chowder and hand-cut French fries that she shared with everyone. They were delicious.
Meanwhile, Katie ran into many friends/acquaintances there: Gene Sentz, Susan Hildebrand, Hal Harper among others. It was fun to visit with people since the pandemic put a damper on socializing.