Cross-Country Skiing 5:00:00  10.0 mi (30:00 / mi) +500m 25:58 / mi
shoes: Rossignol Backcountry Skis
Backcountry skiing with Sam and Presto at Hope Valley! After some deliberation, Sam and I decided that as long as we A) did not use any public restrooms and B) only filled up the gas tank in the Bay Area, it would be ok to go to the mountains. We figured backcountry skiing was likely to involve the least actual contact with other human beings. In order to make this work, I had to severely limit my normal morning tea consumption, but miraculously we did make it all the way to the mountains without making a bathroom stop. Luckily the Prius does not need much gas, so only filling up the Bay Area was not really a challenge.
We were the only car at the trailhead when we arrived, although there were some ski tracks heading out up the mountain we were planning to ski up. Sadly for us (and Presto), the tracks ended after like half a mile, and from there on out we were breaking trail. For us this just meant a super tiring day. For Presto this meant a day spent postholing in our tracks, which I guess is also super tiring, but somehow also seems demoralizing...
Anyway, it was an absolutely gorgeous day to be outside with the sun shining on copious feet of glittering snow and awesome mountains to look at. We were hoping to make it to the top of the mountain today, but with all the trail breaking, that was not on the cards. We did make it to a really nice lookout, where we stopped for lunch, and Presto took a nap curled up on Sam's rain jacket. The trip down the mountain was WAY easier for me and Sam, but seemed about as challenging for Presto, so it took almost as long as the trip up. In good news from an epidemiological stand point, we saw no one on the trail, and only one other person who stayed more than 6 feet away from us at the trailhead. Awesome ski, and a successful day of social distancing!