"What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live.
Joy was exactly what we experienced snowshoeing along the deep snow covered Commonwealth Basin Trail earlier this month. We picked this destination after careful consideration of the avalanche danger and decision to stay away from the steep slopes surrounding the area.
The snow was so fresh and deep that even with the snowshoes on it was pretty hard to break trail as we would post-hole way above our knees. For most of the trip, we kept to the already made tracks, or rather tunnels, and enjoyed cruising along the powder covered terrain.
We stopped for lunch at a trail side cafe, which was our team's creation out of the soft snow. We even made a comfy table to use for our stove and snacks. While recharging our batteries, we heard the guns of the Alpental avalanche control crews, and saw the clouds of snow generated by the resulting avalanches.
It started snowing on our way back which prompted the snow peckers among us to come out and feed. :)