Every winter, the Environmental Clearinghouse (ECOS) holds Tuesday morning ski trips to various places in the local area. Most of these locations are decided on the fly a few days before, based on snow conditions and some pre-scouting by volunteers. But the first trip every year begins at the warming hut at Saratoga Spa State Park, and adjourns there afterwards for hot drinks, snacks and socializing. Today was the day for that trip, and the kickoff of the season.
The day dawned very cold and clear, and we were a little concerned that the previously thawed snow might be a little icy on the park's golf course, where tracks are set around a total of a 4-mile course. The 40+ attendees split into three groups (fast, moderate, and not-so-fast), and headed off in several different directions from the warming hut. Holly joined the moderate group, and I joined the fast group, doing the entire 4+ miles, at a pretty good clip.
|Our route in orange|