Sometimes you do things just because they are hard.⠀
The Mrs. and I decided to go on a "short" hike this past weekend up to Willow Heights in Big Cottonwood Canyon. We'd heard great things about the colors, the reflections on the lake and just that it was an easy, family-friendly hike. In fact, it was about 1.5 miles round trip. Showed up to about an inch or so on the ground at the base of the trail, but quite patchy. Ended up in about a foot of snow at the end, through ice and mud, and carrying the kids the majority of the way.⠀
Do I regret doing it? Absolutely not. It was great for my kids to get a taste of hiking, and even better to see that they could do it. Would I do it again, knowing what I do now? Again, absolutely.
Fresh white snow has a way of showing off the last golden aspen leaves and new rusty hues of changing gambel oak to their best advantage, don't you think?