In 2014 my wife and I spent Christmas week in Yellowstone National Park, including several days in the Old Faithful area. There was quite a bit of snow (they had to shovel the roof of our cabin!). One morning we got up to go hiking and while eating breakfast it warmed up to -20℉. When we set out on the trails we saw but two other hardy souls, both on cross country skis.
But for the bison we had the place to ourselves. No sound but our steps crunching the snow. And the occasional geyser spouting. Truly magical.
We arrived back at the main lodge at around noon, hungry after several hours of marveling at the frozen landscape. Basking in that “golden” silence. By that time the temp had climbed to 0℉, and the trails had started to get crowded. And we had a snow buggy to catch, as this was our last day, and we needed to begin our journey home.
One of the coolest things my wife and I did when we lived in Montana was visiting Yellowstone in the winter time. We did the guided snowmobile tours with a park ranger. AMAZING experience without any crowds. Being around Old Faithful with no people was pretty cool.
We have also visited the park in the summer when we lived in Wyoming, but winter in Yellowstone is somethings special.
That is beautiful, and what I miss most about running. Sadly my body gave out on me after pushing too hard for too long. First one knee, then the other, now my achilles. I’ve started swimming, which is great exercise, but it’s not the same.
You are absolutely right though. We could all use with more times of quiet contemplation.
Thanks for sharing, @Bmosbacker. I totally appreciate the serenity and tranquility that snow can provide! I’ve really been struggling this year here in New York as we haven’t had measurable snowfall in more than 300 days. If it stays like this until this coming Monday, we’re going to break some kind of all time record for the city.
I grew up in a small town and I remember listening to snow fall outside in the woods. Literally hearing it fall! That’s how quiet it was. I’m never around that kind of quiet anymore (live in metro NYC area). One day again I hope to though, while I still have my hearing!