As we drove through the Sierra Nevadas on our way home from our visit to Bodie and Mono Lake we noticed that there was still a lot of fresh powdery snow on the ground. Kim and I decided that we'd try to find a spot to safely pull over so the kids could have a little play in the snow. We weren't sure if we would actually find anywhere so we didn't mention it to the kids. I didn't want to get their hopes up. Imagine their surprise when all of a sudden they realized that we were pulling over into a small parking lot in a snowy forest area! They were absolutely ecstatic!
As you'll probably notice by the way the girls are dressed in the photos, we weren't really expecting to find ourselves in the snow. In fact, we were dressed for the 28C/82F weather expected at the town we planned to stop in for lunch. Even though we were completely underdressed for fun in the snow, the sun was shining and there was no wind so we weren't cold. Apart from our feet. They were definitely cold! In fact, my toes were so numb after walking in the snow in sandals that they had pins and needles for a good forty minutes afterwards!
As Australians living in coastal California, we don't get the chance to see snow very often. Especially not snow as soft and fresh as this was. It really was such a special treat to stop there and play.
I love little unexpected gems this this when we travel. Often these sorts of things become the most memorable part of a trip. We certainly never expected to be finding ourselves playing in the snow on this trip but I'm so glad we did!
Hooray for snow!