It is prime time in
the Methow Valley.There is a healthy
blanket of snow and temperatures are favorable for all kinds of winter
fun.We ski, fat bike, snowshoe and
marvel at the sharp contrasts of the deep blue sky, the bright white mountains
and the dark trees.
The season is
unhurried as the outdoor activities are strenuous and after an hour or two you
are physically done for the day.This
leaves more time for indoor activities.
I find myself
studying paper maps and Google earth and Google maps and using an elevation app
as I contemplate gravel routes for spring and summer.In addition, because they close pass on the
most direct route we approach the valley from the bottom instead of the
top.After studying route options, I am
crane my neck looking up canyons at possible routes as we drive to and from our
This is a quiet
time and even though my training totals are meager, grand plans are being made. Horst and Lutz we will be ready for you!
Spring is a magical
time and it is just around the corner. The snow will slowly yield to the
longer, warmer days.Typically I “scout”
the routes as the snow recedes and ride up gravel roads until the snow turns me
back.The lower elevations explode with
wild flowers and everything is alive.
Spring will come,
but for now we plan and enjoy the gifts we have.