Shane, Dan and I were soon on our way to Shoshone Lake Ranger Cabin. Making fresh clean tracks in the snow there was no way to determine which way the actual trail went. The only other tracks in the snow were those of squirrels, pine martins and coyotes. Up and down the rhyolitic lava hills we were soon surrounded by mountains and water is all directions. To the South were the Tetons and Lewis Lake and to the East the Red Mountains, the Absarokas and Lake Yellowstone. Being new to backcountry skiing, Shane and I took turns falling in the powdery snow until we finally got our ski legs in order! Our 4.6 mile ski was soon to be a little longer due to the combination of falling down, along with the fact that the snow covered and masked the clearly defined summer trail. However, I wasn't the least bit worried since Dan had his GPS unit and we were accompanied by the most beautiful January day ever!
After several ups and down, we eventually found ourselves skiing through the tall conifers, down towards the shores of Shoshone Lake- a beautiful backcountry lake in the middle of Yellowstone National Park's backcountry. Sitting along the shoreline was our home for the night: the Shoshone Lake Ranger Cabin.
In the middle of January, while skiing in Yellowstone National Park, I got a sun tan! The spring temperatures, however, were just a teaser from Mother Nature. Two days later I would awake to discover that it was 90 degrees warmer in my house than it was outside!