Bella and I were so excited to get out for a hike during #winterstormharper
yesterday ❄️ I wasn’t really planning on doing any creek walking, so I did not wear my neoprene booties under my boots, which keep my tootsies nice and warm when wet. But when we came upon this spot - a place I have photographed before - it looked so amazing with a fresh blanket of snow that I just had to shoot it, and of course that meant standing in ankle deep water to get to this angle. It was a cold, but didn’t seem that bad. We continued to hike all over the park, up to the beach and then to another nearby waterfall, where again I completely submerged my feet to get a few shots. My feet were cold, but totally numb by this point and I wasn’t really bothered by it. As the temps dropped and the winds picked up to gale force, we made our way home. When I got home I took off my wet sock and shoes to warm up my feet, and that is when I really started to feel pain. It started with a mild burning feeling and then it felt like tiny chards of glass were exploding on the inside of my feet. It hurt so bad I thought I was going to throw up! My toes were ghost white and I am sure I had a touch of frostbite. After about 10 agonizing minutes the pain went away and color returned to my feet. Today they are fine and there is no lasting effects from it. Just wanted you all to know I risked my toes for this shot. 😂Also, I did learn a few things yesterday: 1.) My desire to get a shot is stronger than my desire to be safe (smart?), and 2.) That will never freaking happen again! Booties under the hiking boots in all future winter hikes.
Hope everyone got out to enjoy the snow this weekend, and if that isn’t your cup of tea, then I hope you are enjoying all the beautiful, snowy images.
If you’re off work tomorrow for MLK day, come visit me at the Cleveland Boat Show - I’ll be at the Nalu Standup Paddle & Surf booth all afternoon @nalu_sup