I'm happy because I'm backpacking again this weekend and have a new friend to go with me. She and I have never camped or hiked together, but we are both really looking forward to meeting. We met each other in the backpacker forums a while back and have not been face to face yet but get along well over the phone.
She is bringing two dogs with her. They are largish and have a little bit of wolf in them, which should be quite interesting. She says they are a little aloof around strangers at first, but warm up. They also have husky and malamute in them...I bet they are nice looking dogs and it will be fun having them along.
I've spent time today making sure all my gear is in order and that I have everything I'll need. I've got my food packed and my clothing sorted out. It won't be difficult at all to pack everything up and head out. I am bringing 4 liters of water on this trip which is plenty for an overnighter.
It could be in the upper 20's in the wee hours of the morning Sunday morning, but I don't fear getting cold. I've chosen good gear and layer up properly. I love winter camping! The amazing thing is the hike on Sunday will be mostly in warm pleasant weather.