Everyone thought I was crazy, for wanting to go hiking in 3 degree weather, and they were calling for -10 degree wind chill. It was 3 degrees, but no wind, so the wind chill was not bad. I asked a few people if they wanted to go hiking with me, but I did not get any takers! I do not understand why, It was beautiful out there!
I started at dawn. As I was driving past the frozen lake at Shaker Village, I saw what I thought were tail lights, in my rear view mirror. A couple seconds later, I saw it was the sun starting to come up. It was huge and beautiful, but I did not want to stop to take pictures, because I wanted to get on the trail. I knew it would be a short 2 hour hike, because we were going to visit our daughter, son in law and grandson, and I never want to be late for that!
It was a bit nippy, and though some thought I was crazy, and I did not expect to see anyone on the trail, but I passed 3 other guys, with as much love for the outdoors as me, riding trail bicycles out there. They were going up a pretty good hill on the trail too. More power to them and the ones that run these trails. It is enough for me to hike them. It is not hard for me, but I doubt I could run up or ride up these hills!
A quick note for anyone new at hiking in the cold, that I learned real fast, the first time I hiked in the cold with my hyrdropack, I fill it up with warm to hot water, and I put socks around the tube, and cover it up with my jacket. The first time I hiked in the cold, a few years ago, and I did not do that, my tube was frozen in about 10 minutes, and I did not have water for that hike. Today when I got back to my truck, I enjoyed a Poweraide slushy. I always take a bottle of Poweraide, to drink when I get back to the truck, and it was partially frozen.
Enough chatter, here are some pictures from my hike: