I returned this afternoon from a tremendous trip to the Pinnacle north of Reading, PA with 3 amigos, dear brothers in the Lord, who share my love of nature, and were willing to hike and camp in freezing or near freezing temperatures in February. It's been years since I've done this and this is the first time I've done it in the Winter.
Would I do it again? Absolutely. My muscles are sore, as is my throat, I got little sleep and I was damned cold but it was a rich experience in many ways. It was good to test one's self out in nature. And I love the roaring fire. The shot of bourbon, the beef jerkey, the laughter, stories and physical exercise in the midst of some beautiful scenery made it all very worthwhile!
It was great hiking out of our camp site today. It snowed gently much of the time and the quiet except for our own footfall, occasional talking, was refreshing to my soul.