Like many (most?) people, by the end of the year I had begun to labor under the sluggishness brought on by all of the holiday feasting, and so when the month changed back to one it became time to start to work on that. Today my hiking total for the new year reached forty seven miles, the last few of which were on a snowy road during a snowy day.
A moderate amount of snow was falling when I left the Jeep, the woods were quiet and I was hiking on snowmobile tracks which often can be like a path with a thick carpet; very pleasant walking. Rather unexpectedly, after a just couple of miles, the falling snow turned to falling snow mixed with falling rain and the small umbrella that I had stuffed into a compartment of my pack became a very important item because I was still an hour from the Jeep.