This is where I turned around today, at the 6500 foot level. It is still very early spring at that elevation, with Spring beauties and Glacier lilies still in bloom.The peak is about 900 feet higher and there is a lot more snow there on the lee side. It was a good winter for the snow pack!
I’m very happy for you Terry to have made it out onto the trail again, well done, and from a personal point of view it’s great because I get to see those beautiful landscapes again! Talking of which we are on our way out west at the end of the month, can’t wait 🙂
That snow is about 4000 feet above the valley floor here and snow will remain until late in July. There are still a few freezing nights up there.
I was told many times how difficult it is to re-hab from a total knee replacement and it is, but so much worth the effort. I will now have another ten years at least to spend in the wilderness!
I have a friend who struggled to recover from a knee replacement, and it was quite a long process. To be frank, I suspect she wasn’t quite as diligent with her rehab as you, but then — I’m also sure she wasn’t so motivated! How wonderful that you’re out and about again, and able to enjoy those blue skies and that wonderful snow. I was happy to hear about a good snowpack, too.
I have heard about many folks who have had difficulty with rehab for this too. There are many days when I really don’t feel like doing the last couple of miles (I’m up to hiking 5 miles a day now) but I know I will have to probably for the rest of this year just to get the mobility that I want back in the knee. I did work with an excellent physical therapist and I still thank him for keeping reminding me how hard I will have to work to get where I want!
I started to say I can’t believe you still have snow up there, but I can believe it. Given the high humidity in Austin, tomorrow afternoon is predicted to feel like 100°. I can handle that, but the cold quickly does me in.