Things that make me happy:
- a perfect bluebird day
- skiing in the mountains with girlfriends
- a cold beer at the end of the trail
But finally this year, a few of us gals set a date and made it happen. We had a blast!
Brook's Lake is in a high mountain valley, completely blanketed in snow this time of year and surrounded by the high peaks of the Pinnacle Mountains, Continental Divide, Austin’s Peak and Brooks Mountain. We've camped there as a family, and even in June, had to deal with three-foot snow drifts (see A Good Year for our summer pics of Brook's Lake).
To ski in, we parked just off the highway on Togwotee Pass and followed the road (somewhat groomed by snowmachines) to the historic Brooks Lake Lodge, at 9200 feet. It was a beautiful day with perfect blue skies.
Skiing in was a challenge with five miles of relentless uphill on some fresh stumpy snow, but skiing out was fast and sweet. Yehaw, let 'er buck, I do love Wyoming.
|The prize: beers and lunch at the lodge and the sweet satisfaction of |
arriving under our own power.
|View of the lodge and a squall over Brook's Mountain.|
|What this photo doesn't show is the herd of snowmobiles parked in front of the lodge. |
Some of those guys undoubtedly thought we were nuts.