Warning: This post is pretty photo-heavy. Ok, you've been warned.
Hello lovelies! We're back from our camping adventure and my legs are still sore. Even though we were staying in a cabin (and a very interesting one at that), we were literally "off the grid." We hiked in on Friday - four miles, mostly uphill, with all of our gear and food for the weekend - and were in a race against daylight. We arrived just after sundown and within 10 minutes it was totally dark out. So glad we made it in time!!
On Saturday, we headed out for an afternoon hike and decided to forge our own path. I had never hiked with snow shoes before and there was easily 4-5 feet of fresh snow on the ground. Needless to say, "forging a path" was not easy. I had no idea my thighs could burn after just 5 minutes on the trail. Yikes! It was totally worth it, though. The weather was just gorgeous and, even though we were surrounded by snow, it was still sunny and almost 60 degrees that day. We had no access to internet, no TV, no cell phone services, and all the electricity in the place came from solar power generated there on the property, which was only guaranteed to last until midnight of each day. So after our hike, we spent our indoor time lounging by the fire with a few board games, drinking wine, eating lots of cheese (yes, we hauled in wine, beer, etc on that 4-mile hike!) and playing with the huge dogs that lived on the property. Overall, it was a great weekend but it also made me realize I do not miss living in wintery locations. I love that this was only a 4-hour drive from San Francisco. I much prefer my cold and snow in small doses!