Our recent snow has melted off again now, but here is a little video of what things looked like here in the Bitterroot Valley just a few days ago. :)
View of Ward Mountain on our hike up Goat Mountain a few days ago.
From our spot up on the rocks, we were looking down on a mountain bluebird below.
I'm not sure what he was looking down on below him.
A little video on our spring training hike up Goat Mountain.
Winter camping can be more challenging than the other seasons of the year, but I've discovered it can still be a lot of fun when the weather isn't too severe and you go prepared for cold weather and with the right mindset for it. :)
I'd been planning to get out earlier this winter, but for one reason or another, and another, it just hadn't been working out for us. When the upcoming forecast was again showing an incoming winter storm on my days off in mid-February, I was tired of waiting and decided to just go anyway.
So Jamie and I packed our gear, knowing we would likely have some wind and snow. I can't say I was looking forward to the possibility of wind, but I was actually hoping for some fresh snowfall. We embraced the weather and had some winter camping fun!
No driving to our camp spot, so we parked and walked in.
We got a late start and spent the majority of day one setting up camp and gathering firewood, so I only got a few photos of surrounding views before it got too dark.
We were able to gather plenty of wood to cook and stay warm. Last pic for the night.
The snow was starting to move in more on day two.
Looking east, only a bit of the creek was showing through.
The creek was mostly covered looking to the west.
The snow gives a foggier look to the cliffs.
The later it got, the more the snow really started moving in on us.
We packed up camp and went for a hike before heading back home.
We had a blast hiking in the snow, like so many of our winter mountain adventures. :)
No shortage of views and fun along the way! :)
Eventually the melting snow on my camera lens was messing up my intended photos, but I thought the effect on this last one was a bit interesting.
And the fresh snowfall I had been hoping to get made our whole experience extra awesome -- despite being quite soggy by the time we headed for home. :)
On this camp trip, I decided to make a goal to get in at least one camping or backpack trip per month. We had a blast on our mini-backpack adventure in March, and I'm still making plans for this month, so keep your eye out for more to come. :)
Making time for the little things. :)
Got out for a little walk and campfire up on the mountain with my family today.
We enjoyed a partly sunny day overlooking the Bitterroot Valley and Sapphire Mtns.
Going through some of last year's pics...
Autumn view of a snowy mountain peak in the Bitterroot Mountains.
The beauty of God's creation is all around! :)
Yesterday's hike in the Soft Rock area ... looking over the trees on the east side and across the valley to the Bitterroot Mountains on the west. Como Peaks, Lonesome Bachelor, and El Capitan are some of the peaks that can be spotted from here. :)
This was a quick hike, so I didn't take time for many pics.
I have more photos to share in a future post from previous hikes in this area.
A little day hike into Mill Creek Canyon last week.
Soooo beautiful! What more can I say?
It's a loooong ways up! Makes me feel like rockclimbing.
A little too cold for that right now!
Entering the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness a couple miles in.
Love the rocky cliffs! :)
We headed up to a mostly bare rock field for a little break.
Cliff views up behind us from our break spot in the rocks.
Our view looking further up the canyon from where we sat. The surrounding snow is deeper than it looks when you get off the mostly packed trail. We did some post-holing through the snow to get up to the bare rocks. Sometimes, you do what you gotta do. ;)
The rock field we chose to hang out in had some nice sunshine for a bit, but once the shade moved over us, it was time to get moving again! Winter is great for hiking, but our breaks tend to be a little shorter unless we take enough time to have a fire. :)
Awesome wintry views on our hike up Bass Creek today. :)
The stormy winter weather has been a bit snowy and quite windy lately, especially in the mountains, and is now headed toward below zero temps for the next few nights again. We definitely felt the cold moving in on us as we hiked back out today.
Needless to say, the trail wasn't very busy. ;)
Love this view of the Sapphire Mountains from the refuge! Somehow we ended up missing the sunshine the other day when we went for our walk on the Kenai Trail. We happened to get there in between the earlier and later sunny moments of the day.
Oh well. Sun or clouds, I like to get out there for the views and fresh air. :)
It was a beautiful day last week to get out for a little mountain hike with a friend from work. A common spot with a glorious winter view that never ceases to amaze me! :)
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