19 December 2011 - 8:34Changing it Up
I’d wanted to go for a bike ride over the weekend. I had found my really cold weather gear, and I was looking forward to some more time on the Spot Rocker. I spend a good chunk of Saturday overhauling the brakes (the pads were down to the backer plates), and the bike was ready and raring to go. Arrangements were made to go to Pine Hill Park in Rutland on Sunday and I was all set to go early in the morning.
Except, when I woke up on Sunday to cloudless blue skies, Mother Nature had dug out a cruel prank from her bag of many evil trick. Extreme cold.
So instead of the 4 hour driving commitment required for a trip to Pine Hill, the plug was pulled and a new plan was formed. Instead we went for a hike up Snake Mtn in Addison. It is a big chunk of rock that abruptly rises up from the rolling farmlands of the surrounding area. It’s a hike that pretty much goes straight up for a long time, and goes up some more after that. The reward is a pretty breathtaking view over Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks to the west.
It had warmed up to about 20° by the time we got to the trailhead, and thankfully there was no wind. While it would have been more fun to ride a bike instead, it was nice to get outside and do something. The alternative would have been to hide inside all day.