Circling around in the woods

Circling around in the woods

Dear Friends and Family and Random Readers,

I’m glad you didn’t come snowshoeing in the woods this morning.  Even though it was just beautiful….a light dusting of newly-fallen fresh snow lay against all the branches and trees….you may have regretted your decision.

I started out filled with enthusiasm and energy, traipsing down the steep ravine behind our house.  With temperatures hovering around 34 degrees, I soon became too hot and took off my outer blue fleece jacket and walked around in a hooded sweatshirt and snow pants and hat.

About twenty minutes into the hike, the problem started.  Because the snow was so wet and heavy and compressed and soaked, it began to attach to the snowshoes.  Soon the unsuspecting walker lifted up a caked and frozen snowshoe which weighed at least five to ten pounds heavier than necessary.

What to do?  Of course one leaned down and attempted to scrape off the snowshoe.  Of course.  But guess what happened the next step?  The snowshoe suddenly re-appeared caked and heavy and icy beneath the foot.  It was like wearing weights at the gym.  What a work out!

Fortunately, at the last minute I had decided to follow a random trail back in the woods which, fortunately, led back towards our house.  Just when every step seemed almost exhausting, the dim outline of our house appeared silhouetted through the trees. 

I’m glad you weren’t along, especially if you are a newby snowshoe enthusiast.  However, when the weather freezes up the landscape a bit, let’s go snowshoeing.  There’s all sorts of interesting tracks in the snow right now.  I think I saw Big Foot.  (just kidding!  But the snow had melted so intensely around the original track it looked a bit like a prehistoric or mythical creature.)

Sincerely and with Snow Wishes to all,  Kathy

Walking gingerly over fallen snowy tree

Walking gingerly over fallen snowy tree

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