I got up at 6am and left the house at 7am to get to Eldora early, to help Doug with setup & registration for today's RMOC Ski-O meet that started at 9:30 am. It's usually 45-minute or one-hour drive.
Two hours later...I was sitting in bumper-to-bumper, stop-and-go traffic in Nederland. I eventually got turned around at the high school, since the parking lots were full and the road in to Eldora had been closed. ARGH!
Apparently only three people made it to the meet -- one guy who took the bus, and two back-country skiers who skied in somehow. What a disappointment, mainly for Doug, who did all the course setting, map printing, equipment hauling, etc. (He had gotten there at 7:30 am before the lots filled up.)
I decided to go to Brainard Lake since I had already driven most of the way there. There was plenty of parking when I arrived. :-P During my two-hour snowshoe hike out and back on the Sourdough Trail, I saw maybe six other people. I guess everyone else was at Eldora...
For once, I had THE PERFECT LAYERS! Ears, hands, feet, and torso were all perfectly comfortable. I might have been too hot if I had been running, but I was just walking (with some occasional downhill running).
Weather was overcast, intermittent light snow, no wind, and about 20°F -- ten degrees warmer than Boulder. The woods were very nice, and the snow on the trail was fluffy but not too deep.
I finished my hike and left in time to catch all the ski traffic going back down the canyon. %^*@($!!!