Friday, January 18, 2008

Millcreek by Moonlight

My xc ski boots were delivered yesterday so Kris and I did the logical thing and headed up Millcreek after work. Originally we'd planned to ski Saturday morning but I was worried about crowds and, more importantly, I wanted to use my new Petzl Tikka XP headlamp! We started skiing from the gate at 5 pm and between the remaining daylight and the moonlight that followed we reached the upper parking lot at 7 pm without needing to turn on our headlamps. It was a fantastic night and I'm always surprised how, once you leave the light pollution of the big city behind, the moonlight is strong enough to cast shadows. The scenery was spectacular, our surroundings quiet save for the sound of running water from the nearby stream, the air cold and fresh, the sky clear and the moon shining. It's funny to think that just 2 weeks ago I was seriously down on winter.


KanyonKris said...

I like your choice of lead photo - you look like Admiral Byrd setting out for the pole. :-)

Anonymous said...

totally jealous! Love being outside at night!