Several people have expressed sympathy for us having to leave the Flathead Valley. I would agree that the views there are arguably more dramatic and beautiful, and I do miss trips to Glacier Park. However, I feel that most of the time I spent LOOKING at the view, not necessarily being PART OF IT. Often, I'd spend more time driving to a trail location than actually being on the trail. Here, I can be at a variety of trail heads within moments every single day. Even running the roads is entertaining because of the gulch views. So, please don't feel sorry for me. I'm quite content.
Due to several storm systems moving through over the last few weeks, we've had some unusually dark days. Today, the sun greeted us once again. It was blinding against all of the snow. Despite it being only 11 degrees, the sun was so warm I was able to run in a long sleeve turtleneck without any jacket. Due to fear of being out of cell phone reception (I'm on-call yet again), I could only get in six miles. Here's me posing, squinting in the sunlight.
I took this picture of tracks left by someone who hit the "ditch" or really deep snow. It's not clear the depth of snow in the picture, but hopefully, whoever it was had four wheel drive! My poor car, even with studded tires, wouldn't have made it out.
Hope you all had a good New Year holiday. I'm not much for resolutions, but I will say this - I'm setting limits at work. No more doing paperwork every night and weekend. If that's not possible, I'm finding a new career...