I had originally planned to do some errands and go to the gym today, but when the snow and rain had cleared, my earlier post of hiking up Kootenai Canyon last month inspired me to change my plans and get out there again today.
I called my husband to let him know of our change of plans (it's always wise to let someone know when you are heading into the mountains), and he said, "Don't you know there's a storm coming? It's hailing here right now." (He was currently working to the north of us, and we were headed in that direction.) I figured we weren't planning to go far, we're used to hiking in inclement weather in the mountains, and we always go prepared... so we stuck with our plans. The mountains are calling, and we must go. :)
Although we saw the foreboding clouds moving in from the north on our drive to the trailhead, my hiking companions (aka our youngest three daughters) are game for anything I'm wanting to do in the mountains. So we trekked in for our quick 1-1/2 hour hike before supper. We kept up a good pace, enjoyed a quick break, and headed back.
Sure enough, the weather began to change quite rapidly on our way back out. It got colder and darker as the clouds began moving in. As we arrived back to the trailhead, the clouds and snow had completely moved in and surrounded us. But... as usual, we had a great time. :)