I know I whined a lot about the weather last month. Much to my chagrin, we went from a relatively dry and mild January to a wet and cold February. All of the rain and snow that we got here in the valley meant heaps of snow for the mountains, so last weekend, Korri and I headed up into the central Idaho mountains to marvel at the sheer amount of snow!
We drove about an hour outside of Boise to Mores Creek Summit, which is about 13 miles north of Idaho City along Highway 21. The elevation is approximately 6,100 feet. The snow depth gradually increased as we got further into the mountains. We drove through Idaho City and there were so many piles of snow everywhere. I joked that it was difficult to see the town because of all the snow! Highway 21 is actually closed right now for avalanche control work many miles north of Mores Creek Summit; the transportation department is currently working on clearing avalanche slides, some of which are in excess of 50 feet deep on the road!
Highway 21 at Mores Creek Summit was actually closed for quite a while for snow clearing, as you can probably tell by the photos. There were about 120 inches (or 10 feet!!!) of snow on the ground at the time (the depth decreases over time due to gravity and snowmelt…and lots of other more complex processes). There were very few vehicles on the road so I was eager to shoot photos right in the road. I honestly didn’t think I’d ever shoot outfit photos in the middle of a highway, haha. It was eerily quiet with no traffic zooming by. (We did see two wild turkeys, too! I’m not sure that they were super thrilled about all the snow…)
I took our little jaunt as a final opportunity to wear a true “winter” outfit this season—complete with snow boots and a parka! It was a chilly 23°F at the summit and decreasing as the sun went down. Since we were going to be sitting in the car for the majority of the time, I wore a comfortable and casual outfit: a striped flannel shirt, stretchy skinny jeans (black this time), and my Sorel ‘Tofino’ snow boots. The stripes on the flannel shirt match the boots, which made my heart happy. I added the baseball cap to tame my wild hair, and of course, the parka to keep warm. The seat warmers in the car were the real MVPs, though, ha! ;)
Uniqlo coat / old; similar from ASOS or JCPenney
Madewell shirt / exact (limited sizes) or similar
Everlane jeans / exact (review here)
Sorel boots / old; similar from 6pm or Backcountry
Madewell hat / old; similar by Banana Republic or Keds
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact