It was my first walk of the new year and I was rushing to get out the door so that I couldn't talk myself out of it with superior persuasive techniques that haven't served me all that well in my life and I don't think I dressed appropriately. My watch said it was in the mid-40's but I didn't get a read on the wind, which was pretty stiff and cold blowing off of the Rocky Mountains. It was also very icy. Our neighborhood is on a fairly steep hill and is an ice pit from the Arctic most winter long as the snow and ice warm up and water flows downstream, amasses in various places including in front of our house and freezes again, making it very treacherous. My wife, Debbie fell last January and severely broke her ankle in a number of places, has nearly 30 screws and several plates in her ankle and leg, is still recovering and walks with a cane so we are super sensitive about the ice to put it mildly given its impact on our lives this past year. Because it is the holidays, the roads, sidewalks and ice pools are not well tended to and I nearly went down about two minutes into the walk and on two other occasions but I kept going because I'm wound that way I guess - feel free to nominate me for a bravery medal :-)
I am sharing some photos from today's trip. I did not take my cameras because I didn't trust myself on the ice, so these were all taken with my iPhone. Today's trek was a loop around our neighborhood - on other days I'll go to different destinations to walk and photograph and sometimes I'll take my good gear.