A very pleasant day under sunny skies with a congenial and talkative group. As expected there was a mix of snow, ice and mud, although traction devices were never utilized. The first section up Long Prairie Ridge had snow to start but much of the exposed ridge was bare. Time for the group photo with the snowy mountains in the distance:
The gang on Long Prairie Ridge
It was snowy again through the trees descending Death Valley trail to the road and mixed as we headed up the first Sandy McNabb hill:
At the top of it we declared a lunch stop with views to the west. A bit of a wind sprung up but with the sunshine it was warm enough to dine at a leisurely pace. Then it was off down the eastern slope and up the second hill before reaching our turnaround point on an outlier to the east:
bare trees & brown hillsides with a little green on Sandy McNabb Hills
Colourful clothing at east end viewpoint
The return was uneventful although the part on the melting ski trails was soggy in places and boot drying will be required.
Thanks for a great day in the foothills which we basically had to ourselves as very few other people were seen. Participants: Ron (scribe, photos), Bill (photos, ,Barbara, Jim, Susan, Aldis, Bill, Shirley, Janice, Barb, Sonja, Teresa (photos), Keith, Cheryl, Laura.