Wyatt and I took off on a winter hike along the shore of Clear Fork reservoir. The snow is all melted away again but the crust of ice along the water's edge shows that it is still winter season here in Ohio. A stiff breeze was coming off the water and made the 34 degrees F air feel chilly and raw. We hiked about 1 1/2 miles before turning around for a total distance of 3 miles.
This outing today was a field test of my new Columbia Ski Jacket. My old parka was about 10 years old and fraying at the seams. The zipper tab broke off the other day so I think the coat has proved it's worth and the time for retirement has come. The new Columbia wears great -lightweight yet comfy warm blocking the February wind coming off the water completely. I didn't have a choice of color as the coat was on clearance sale but figured the bright red color would provide good visibility on the ski hill. Wyatt is sporting his Yukon Hats bomber style with real rabbit fur on the front and ear flaps. Out of the wind he had to take it off it works so well.