November is the transition of fall to winter.
November gives up the red, orange, yellow, and gold for brown into grey.
The sky gains depth, definition, and clarity.
November is laid bare at your feet and we head within ourselves to find warmth and answers to the probing questions and immediate need to cope with change.
To the outside we are primitive specks of dust lost on some distant chunk of molten rock destined for an uncertain future defined by the egoistical driven actions we take for ourselves with little regard to the sphere of influence we exert on those around us.
We are primitive in our methods and usage of earths resources and limited in our knowledge to expand beyond the current landscape.
We blindly walk through night and dust and through each other.
When will this end? Where is the desperately needed shift to open closed eyes and minds?
Just finished moving to a new house (whose idea was it to move in winter?) and we have emerged from the boxes and disarray. So much going on, so many changes, but it is the start of a new chapter. Each day is a reminder of who we were yesterday and who we can become tomorrow.
January has come and gone and February is still a frozen landscape. Snow piles have quickly reached over mailboxes, around corners, and now threaten to block out windows. We don layer after layer and become indistinguishable from one another.
What do you do when it is below zero and the snow is up to your knees? Snowshoe of course! I took out a new pair of MSR Evo snowshoes for the first time, and was a bit disappointed. The binding system requires the use of bare fingers and at 10 below zero, was no fun. Atlas snowshoes are still the best overall for cold weather and snow in Minnesota. They are easy to setup and adjust with gloves on and the decking material takes a lot of abuse and does not crack or stiffen.