Thursday, January 20, 2011

Snowshoeing St. Louis: Part 2

I couldn't believe my ears.  The message on the weather hotline said the Courts were closed because of the snow. I am always surprised when the Courts close, and today was no exception. I was so distrustful of my ears that I called the weather hotline again just to make sure . . . and, sure enough, I got the same recorded message. It was true. The 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of the State of Missouri was closed for the day. Amazing. 

Sadly, Heather did not have a snow day, but at least we could begin our day together. We walked over to our breakfast place, the place we first met. 
This is the scene that greeted us as we left the condo.

Sadly, not everyone had a snow day. It looks like this person had to work.

She had her customary frozen mocha and I had my sesame bagel. After, too short of a time, Heather re-bundled herself up to head outside to the bus stop.
The temperature was in the 20F's, but there was no wind. It is supposed to get colder tonight, not Alaskan cold, but maybe as cold as Atlanta. 

The bus was only a couple of minutes late.

I waited around until Heather called to let me know she made it to work. Even though the bus was a little late, she was still able to make her connection with the train. She had a good commute. Tonight I think I'll go over to the Metro station and pick her up from the train so she doesn't have to catch the bus, or worse . . . walk. I figure this is the least I can do considering, through no fault of my own, I had a snow day . . . A SNOW DAY!

Snow Day = Snowshoeing

Bigfoot is back

There was more snow on the ground than Christmas Eve Day. It made for much better snowshoeing.

While I will admit that I am not much of a dog guy and am happy to have them on a leash, I do think there should be an exception to this ordinance  for the first twelve hours after a snowfall of more than 4". Is there anything more delightful than watching a dog play in new snow?

In the center of Francis Park is a lily pond. On my Christmas Eve Day walk I had passed this area up. Today walking to this area was the closest to a goal I was willing to set.
Cold heart?

What's this?

It's a mermaid. I wonder what she is reading. That blanket she's wearing doesn't look very warm.

Is this little fella' wearing a snow blindfold?

Of course, I had to go over to where the neighborhood kids go sledding.
Give a kid a decent snowfall and they will find a hill . . . even if it isn't much of one.

Ah yes, the dreaded climb back to the top.

This was the only scooter I saw out today.

I spent a little over two hours in the park just wandering here and there.
I spent more than a few moments under these pine trees. It was so quiet. It was a gentle place, a soul place.

When I got home Billie again was willing to hold my snowshoes until they dried.
If you look close you can see that not only did Billie get new tires, but last Monday I added another set  of hand guards to her existing hand guards. Hopefully this will give me more wind protection.

I spent the rest of the day keeping the cat company, playing on the computer, and trying unsuccessfully to feel guilty for having a snow day when Heather didn't.


  1. I also had a snow day today, what a coincidence... unfortunately I didn't know about it until 10 am, after I had been at work for 2 hours. Do the snow shoes work better in wet snow or the powder like we had today?


  2. One time I didn't check the weather number for the courts and drove in only to find the courts were closed. Oh well, at least they let you in the building.

    Large snowshoes work better in powder and smaller ones work better in wet snow. Since I weigh around 200lb. I have large shoes. They definitely worked better today.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it.

  3. Alas, no snow day for us. I had visitors from Ann Arbor up for a site visit and they were feeling pretty cold by the end of the day. I like your snow photos and it really does look quiet and peaceful. I have thought many times about getting snow shoes. I've heard that it was great exercise and I could really use that.


  4. Great post. Very lovely scenes today, with all the snow. Too bad Heather couldn't have a snow day too, so you could spend the day snowshoeing together!

  5. Lucky! I love the quiet after a good snow fall. The snow seems to absorb/muffle all the sound. I like the little guy with the blindfold. lol.

  6. Richard,
    Snowshoes are great exercise. I don't get to use them much here, but it is great fun when I do. I get lots of "looks" and was even asked the other day what they were :)

    About cold: cold is cold. That said, I'm amazed at what can become "normal" to us humans. We bundle up and go and learn to live within the limitations.

    Thanks again, for dropping by and leaving a comment.

  7. bluekat,
    Yes, it was too bad that Heather had to go to work. I do love her company.

  8. Chris,
    It is amazing how the snow does seem to gobble up sound.

    I, too, really liked the little guy with the snow blindfold. It was like it couldn't bear to look at all the snow and just wanted it to be Spring LOL

  9. Dear Keith:

    It looks like you had a good run in the snow today.

    There was a time in my life when I could strap on the snowshoes, let the dog out into the snow, and hunt grouse from my first steps out of the driveway. But now I live in an urban community... The dogs have a yard... And the arthritis has my legs. Nothing last forever.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack • reep • Toad
    Twisted Roads

  10. Keith, that snow looks so pure....Snow shoeing was a big thing for us when I was growing up in Montreal, but to admit, I haven't put a pair on for at 30 years are very brave.

  11. Growing up in Michigan winter sports were much more a part of life. Here not very much. I will admit both my tolerance for and enjoyment of snow and cold has diminished as the years have passed.