Snowy Trails are Calling Me

Snow trailSince moving to Alaska, I have learned that I love hiking in the snow!   Last winter we had mostly rain which froze on the trails making the paths quite slippery and hiking not so enjoyable for me. This fall I have been praying, Please Lord, let it snow!!!   He has heard my plea and answered with a couple of nice snowfalls already this November.  For the last two weeks the trails have beaconed me!!!

snow fernThis little fellow, shaded by trees above, joins me in my prayer longing for a thick winter duvet;  he is ready to nestle neath the earth for a long winters nap.

snow little creekThis little creek meanders its way down the hillside longing to join the scene below…

waterfallIf enough snow falls, even this waterfall will be buried and frozen, still and quiet for most of the winter.

returning from out the roadAlas it is time to return to the warmth of home, my hike in the snow now over.  The beauty of Lake Eyak, Cordova, and Prince William Sound waits for me just behind those mountains, beaconing me also…until the next snow laden trail calls me.

Winter on Pipeline Lake Trail?

The vibrant colors of fall are now gone and it is now quite wintery on my most frequented trail…at least it was two weeks ago.

Winter TreeSince these photos were taken, the rains have returned washing away most of the snow you see.  This saddens me as I love hiking in the snow!  But, you live in Alaska…isn’t there always snow in the winter?   Not necessarily here in Cordova as we are surrounded by a temperate rain forrest.   We could have lots of snow throughout the winter.   We could have lots of rain.  Or, it could go back and forth between the two.

winter wonderlandThey are saying that we will have a warmer winter like last year.  This translates to less snow and more rain.   I’m praying they are wrong!

Majestic Mountain Snow