First Trip of the Season

Posted on 22 Feb 2022 by Steve Markham

The forecasted overnight low tonight is an unseasonably warm 49 degrees. Unfortunately, there is a 100% chance of rain, and 15-20 mph winds. So Janet suggested I go camping last night instead. Colder, but dry and calm. It was lovely.

Sunset at Archer Vly
Sunset at Archer Vly

I stayed at site #3, same place as I went with Lewis last year.

The hike in was short and easy. Some small hills, a couple twists and turns, but I didn’t break a sweat. There was ~6” of snow on the ground, but it was pretty well packed down. The trail registers showed at least three other people hiked around the pond in February, plus several in a January, and I don’t think most day-hikers log in and out.

The hike out was as good as they get: perfectly flat and perfectly straight.

I love the look of the sky, with shattered clouds backlit by orange morning sun.

Looking back at the site on the way out.
Looking back at the site on the way out.

I took a photo in the same spot as the last picture with Janet from October. Maybe she’ll come next time.