The temperature has reached at least 40 F during 15 of the last 18 days, and five of those days it reached 50 F.
This is warm for a January on the Palouse. But, more importantly, this means melting snow....which is bad for skiers/snowboarders, but great for trail runners. And what about someone who is a snowboarding trail-runner, like me? Eh, skiing/snowboarding has become so dang expensive that it's been two winters since I've longed for a powder day. (Then maybe I should stop calling myself a snowboarder...)
Sadie and I took advantage of some unusually snowless January trails.
|Wet and muddy at lower elevations|
(this section is usually snow-covered all winter)
|Sadie waiting for me at the top of a climb|
|On the climb|
|Snowing 1,500 ft above trailhead|
|There is still quite a bit of snow at higher elevations|
|Sadie was light enough to run across these sections of packed |
snow, but I would sink through nearly every step.
Not much running (for me) this high on the trails.
Gotta love training for a scorching hot, bone dry, mile(+)-high desert race in wet snow. :)