The snow that many were wishing for has come. The way that it showed up is good on all accounts. It fell before the ground had a chance to freeze thus making it easier for hiking and traction. It’s also a powdery snow, not frozen with a crust making it easy for the birds to get under it and to the seeds and grass.
I saw lots of turkeys on my way in and out to my destination today but was surprised not to see any quail. I’m sure they were seeking cover in the thick stuff and had I let the dogs run the road we would have seen plenty.
We were hoping to take a long ride and hike without guns to get some exercise but getting to our destination was a no go. This part of the road is usually plowed but the snow plow was held up because his wipers quit working. So we winged it anyway.
It was hard staying out of the ditch but the fence line helped. There is about 12 inches out there and when we hit the spot where the fences left the road, I was reminded of the times I had to dig my way out of ditches and made the smart move to turn around.
The snow plows never get this far in and I could be digging a long time. We did get a short jaunt in and the boys loved it.
Grady did find a good covey of huns but I failed to get it on film. You know when the red light is on it means recording and when it’s off it means it’s not recording. My chukar brain forgot that lesson.
We made it in about a mile before my butt cheeks said to turn around. It’s amazing how the snow or ice changes the way you walk and the different muscles you use.
Anyhow the roads are the beware part of this post. Now for help.
I guess I’ve never figured out this layer thing. I know the first layer of clothing is an under shirt that wicks away the sweat and I’ve got this covered with under tee armour shirts. The second layer is supposed to also wick away sweat but be warmer. Every second layer I have works well as long as there is no snow or rain. The snow piled up on me like a snow man. I was plenty warm but knew sooner or later I was going to be wet. Do you just put a rain coat on or is there a second layer shirt that would work under these conditions? I know there are lot’s of you die hard chukar hunters that get out there in these conditions that could help me out. My daddy never taught me how to dress and I haven’t got to the point where I need to have Barb dress me before I go outside.
These fluffy snow days with 28 degree temperatures are the best days to be on the mountain. It’s quiet and things become so visible to watch. With the lack of wind hiking with the dogs is perfect. I’d love to be chasing chukars but I know they have a huge advantage over me and the dogs when it gets like this.