Happy New Year Everyone!

May 2018 bring you, your family and friends good health, happiness, peace and prosperity. My short-term wish is for mild winter temps and lots of snow -for lots of winter snowshoeing. Hiking through the woods and across open meadows, along high ridges that overlook deep valleys; up rivers and across lakes and streams. Simple enough, eh!

It’s been two years since I’ve been on snowshoes, and that’s all going to change in 2018, starting today! Thus far we’ve had little snow and lots of cold weather this winter season. Recent morning temperatures have been in the -5 to -15 degree F range with wind chills of -15 to – 35 degrees F. Daytime highs over the past week have been from -4 to 6 degrees F. Over the past week, night time wind chill temps along the Superior Hiking Trail have ranged from -20 degrees to -47 degrees F. It’s just been too cold and dry to get any significant snow. Forecasts predict more of the same over the next 7-10 days. Time will tell, but January is known to be colder than December, on average!

In a few hours, my wife and I are scheduled to lead a couple groups of people snowshoeing some trails at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. I’ve been hoping for 20 degrees and a few inches of fresh snow -alas, my outdoor thermometer shows a temp of -7 degrees F at 0845 hrs. We may have small groups on the trail today.  😉  I’ll keep you posted.

73 de Mike, KEØGZT

About Mike Hohmann

I did lots of camping/hiking as a kid in the Scouts, and I still strive to 'be prepared.' After high school, I got bored with more school and enlisted in the Army Corps. of Engineers, doing two tours in Vietnam. Post military, I completed BS and MBA degrees and spent several decades with Corporate America, working mostly in the areas of conventional and renewable energy. I also spent over a decade as a self-employed small business consultant in marketing and finance. As a young family man with a wife and two kids, we spent many vacations camping and hiking in northern Minnesota. I spent additional long weekends fishing the rivers and camping/hiking along the North Shore of Lake Superior. I retired early and hit the trails hard-- in the lower-48, Alaska, and western Canada. These days I backpack, car-camp and day-hike, go snowshoeing, and try to get the grand-kids out to teach them the ways of the trail. Other interests include American Revolutionary War and Civil War history, 19th and 20th century firearms, Native American history; business and macroeconomics. I'm a recently-licensed amateur (Ham) radio operator, and I look forward to many radio-related adventures in coming months. Life is good! Member, Superior Hiking Trail Association; Member, Appalachian Mountain Club; Member, REI; Member, ARRL- Amateur Radio Relay League, the National Assoc. for Amateur Radio; Twin Cities Metro Skywarn Spotter; Twin City FM Club; Richfield Amateur Radio Club; QRP ARCI, Low-Power Amateur Radio Club International; Honorary Member, Toronto QRP Society; Life Member, National Rifle Association
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4 Responses to Happy New Year Everyone!

  1. Happy New Year to you and your family Mike! Hope you get in lots of snowshoeing. I’m heading out into the snow today too. All the best, Caroline

    • Mike Hohmann says:

      Well, Caroline I got out in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve for a few hours. My thermometer said -7 degrees F, but AccuWeather said it was -14 with a -31 windchill. I think my thermometer was closer to reality. It was cold, but I was dressed for it. I look forward to many more days out over the next 2-3 months… maybe even a few trips up on the Superior Hiking Trail -back on the trails again! Cheers and Happy New Year to you and yours, Caroline.

  2. Nice thing to do on New Year’s Eve! It was cold here too (for Vancouver) but has warmed up. I was peeling off layers today…the city is shrouded in damp, cold fog but a few hundred meters up where I was snowshoeing it was warm and sunny.

    • Mike Hohmann says:

      I’m waiting for warmer weather, hoping it will bring the snow. If we get a good dump, I’ll disappear for several days minimum… maybe a week or more, depending what we get and where. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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