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Winter Solstice party at Hyak Lake
posted by John : February 13, 2014


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Back at the beginning of Winter there was a decidedly un-winteresque amount of snow where TNAB usually celebrates the Solstice. So we went where a lack of snow would only mean death slides on ice and a roaring fire. It was good.

Still, we wanted to get back to Hyak Lake where we traditionally celebrate. January came, but there wasn't enough snow even then. So… February? Surely, there would be enough snow by February.

Barely.

And there was barely a party. Only four of us. I've heard one's lonely, two's nice, three's a crowd, so four must be a party!

It was just me, Eric, Linda, and Don. The snow at the parking lot was a little wet, but by the time we crossed the powerlines it was below freezing. The snow switched from slop to too dry for snowballs. It was the kind of perfect snow for nightshoeing because it sparkles as your headlamp plays across it.

We avoided mishaps of the past by sticking with the established trench and following the blue diamonds and snowshoe trail markers. The full moon was partially obscured by clouds, but that was the only drawback. Good weather, good friends, good trip.

Now my TNAB attention turns to the main season as we prepare the schedule. Any trips you'd like to see? Let us know.

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