I awoke to the picture at left.
Not precisely the trout weather for which I was hoping.
Today was a reckoning of my winter camp plans. Heavy wet snow can do that.
I awoke to heavy wet snow as I mentioned. Now, if I'm not a little careful this weather could kill me. Maybe I shouldn't be so cavalier.
Maybe I should stick to some state forest campgrounds instead of wild camping. Okay. I can see it. Agreed.
Maybe I should be clear in leaving word of my plans. Okay.
Maybe I should take enough back-up food for a day or so. It isn't a hard thing to do.
Maybe I should rig an a-frame awning over my tent using a ridge pole. I can use under-lacing to support the sides like in the mountain-leader class.
I can erect a separate storm awning to catch the heat of the evening fire and provide a place to keep gear dry and do cooking out of any winter rain.
I'm going to use a car-camp base camp here until early spring. I'll avoid lake-effect snow zones.
I am going to the woods.
I took the dogs for a snow walk not long after snapping the picture above and it was glorious. Beargirl and I did a couple easy miles on a trail near our house in early afternoon. Lovely.
We drove over to the sailing club to eyeball the lake - frozen.
It was a grand winter's day without any trout.
I shopped for snowshoes. Whew - none of those left int he country. I guess I know the popular Christmas present I didn't get. It'll work itself out.
I'm going up the country - Canned Heat.