#madshedlove in Winter!
Friends launched the newest version of our #madshedlove photo and story challenge back in April of 2020 as a way for this community to keep connected to each other and the Valley we love, to keep us socially together even as we had to be physically distant. The challenge is all about the MAD River Valley, the WaterSHED that connects us together, and the LOVE we have for this amazing place. Over the last year we have had dozens of people send us photos, videos, and stories – and we have turned around and shared them with you through our e-news, on Facebook, and Instagram.
When the snow flies across the Mad River Valley, the mountainsides come alive with skiers, snowboarders, fat-tire bikers, snowshoers, wildlife trackers, outdoorspeople of all kinds, and the spirit of adventure. We can see our own breath and feel the sting of cold air on our cheeks as we brace the elements, bundled up in our favorite snowpants and wool hats. When we come in from a day in the powder or on the ice, winter offers a quiet calm, a moment of reflection, as we roast root vegetables, make a cup of tea, and snuggle under a heavy blanket with a good book.
Winter life in the Valley so often delivers these joys, but not without our fair share of hard work. We split the wood for the stove, shovel the snow in our driveways, and rise up early in the morning to plow the roads and groom the trails. In the age of Zoom, many of us miss the in-person gatherings but are glad to do without the long trips on icy roads. And for those still taking those trips, the delivery drivers, the business owners keeping their storefronts open, the healthcare workers scrubbing in each day, we are thankful!
Each winter brings its own story, its own challenges and triumphs, joys and difficulties. Share what makes this winter unique and the memories of your favorite winters past;
As we move into 2021, we are focusing #madshedlove on the changing winter landscape and inviting you to send us pictures, videos, and stories of what winter in the Mad River Valley means to you and how your sense of winter here has changed over time.
Here are few ideas to inspire you;
The cold earth slept below;
of the Mad River