On New Year's Day we took a drive up into the mountains.
The sun was out and it was a glorious day to be out!
The view of the mountains and lake were stunning...
The park was knee deep in snow. Don't think a barbecue will be happening today, lol!
The incredible expanse of the lake, mountains, and snow was simply... exhilarating!
I love the six elements shared in exquisite beauty here ... snow, sand, water, trees, mountains and sky!
The water looked gentle and inviting... totally deceptive!
A view of the distant mountains... look to the top right of the picture, the small rectangle protruding rock... I will zoom in on it for you to see close up...
... and a closer view of the rock shaped like a chimney...
Another view of the snow, sand, and water...
Notice the rippled shape of the snow... that is where you can see the water come in at high tide to meet the snow. We just happened to come today at low tide where you could see the sand.
Rocks that we usually climb in the summer for a better view of the mountains... but I'm not feeling like climbing them today, lol!
We walked out to the far rock, just because we could do it. In the spring, these rocks will mostly be covered by the spring run-off water.
We spotted this twig, covered in ice... shimmering in the bright sunshine...
Pretty amazing to see the ice formation on this little twig, sticking up out of the rocks!
A local lodge/resort that is now closed for the winter.
I'm sorry, but I couldn't couldn't stop snapping pictures of this view... my camera simply could not do justice to the beauty unfolded there before us!
The snow is so soft looking, that you could almost imagine this as a hot sunny beach picture with soft white sand! In reality, the temperatures were hovering right around 0 here!
Headed back home... the mountains were reflecting the quickly setting sun in the distance.
A beautiful day to enjoy... the first day of the year! A prayer rose from our heart... Thank you Lord for this beautiful day you have created for us to enjoy! May the new year 2016 draw us ever closer to you, and may our eyes never falter from looking to YOU, the Great Provider, Creator, Healer, Savior and Redeemer! Praying all the blessings of the Lord on your life this year!