Cottage Grove – like the rest of the Willamette Valley – is blanketed in an 8 inch layer of snow. It is beautiful and clear out, and the white snow mixed with the bright blue sky is a beautiful sight. To enjoy it as much as possible, we headed out to Mosby Creek Trailhead yesterday to enjoy the snow, the sights, and to stretch our legs.
The packed snow in the parking lot crunched underfoot as we got out of the car and let the dogs out. Another intrepid couple was also out enjoying the snow with their dog, but they were the only other people we saw there. Even though it has been extremely cold (for us), I was a bit surprised by how little the Row River Trail had been used. There were some footprints, for sure, and a set of ski tracks but I was surprised not to see any fat tire bike marks in the snow.
This trailhead is one of my favorites because there is so much to see just from the parking lot. I can’t tell you how many photographs I’ve taken of the Mosby Creek Covered Bridge over the years, but this is the first time I’ve been able to get pictures of the bridge in snow and spanning over a partially frozen Mosby Creek.
The steel railroad bridge (famous for its appearance in the movie “Stand By Me”) was also pretty in the snow, with the bright blue sky as back drop.
In all, we weren’t out long. We humans were plenty bundled up, but our dogs’ paws aren’t used to such extreme temperatures and it wasn’t long before they needed to get back to warmth of the car. It is starting to warm up today, still below freezing but the bitter nip is gone from the air, and the dogs are much happier to be playing in the snow.