|Winter view of the river|
Sooo... The other day I was a little stir crazy at work and a bit overwhelmed with the demands of my job, schooling, and other responsibilities. My employer actually told me that I needed to take time off because they were concerned with the amount of overtime I was working. Hearing this from my employer on a Wednesday was probably the best/worst thing for me to hear that early into the week. I decided to focus on my schooling and family responsibilities on Thursday and then attempt to take a day for myself on Friday.
When Friday rolled around, my day was wide open and the options were limitless. I knew that whatever I decided to do, I needed to get outside and away from civilization. I contemplated hiking around with snowshoes seeing how lost I could get with the given time I had. I then thought about how I wanted to get out and go fishing. I then thought about how the wolf hunting season in Idaho was only open for a few more days and that I would probably regret it if I didn't give it one last shot. Sooo... my decision was.... All of the above!
|Eberlestock X2 Pack all loaded up!|
I parked next to the "Y" in the road (bottom left) on the picture above and walked through the trees along the river until I reached the power-line crossing a few miles up river. I followed a few tracks of a fox, but ever got a glimps of him. I walked until I found open water, but even then the ice was to far out from the bank to allow me to fish so I had to walk a lot further than I had planned if I was going to accomplish all of my tasks I had set out to accomplish.
|Snowshoe tracks long the river|
In the end, I accomplished the most important task I sought out to do which was relax and get away from all the busyness of the world. I hiked over 4 miles through 3+ feet of snow, saw views that some people will never see in their lifetime, tried out my new hunting pack, and caught my wife and I a healthy dinner. The feelings I get while doing any one of these activities is one that I could explain in words, but it would not do it justice unless you yourself had experienced it. The only thing I wish I would have done differently would be to follow the moto of the Eberlestock pack and, "go in light come out heavy"... I must have gotten it backwards and decided to pack everything I could to test out the load capacity of my new pack!