After several days of being stuck inside, Luke and I needed a long walk! The frigid temperatures had finally let up so we could get out. I put my snowshoes on, since the snow was still very deep and soft. When we got to the “End of the Trail” that Luke told you about last week, we decided to plow ahead and see if we could extend our trail. I told Luke he could follow my snowshoe tracks, but he found some deer tracks and decided to follow those instead.
When I heard his paw crack through some ice, I realized the deer tracks were leading us astray and heading us towards the swamp that is down in that area! No worries, the swamp is not deep, and I think it had just flooded into our trail back when all our November snow melted.
We got back on track and made ourselves another trail to use, which was great, even though it was tiring work blazing that trail!
The next day it was so warm, Luke didn’t even need his coat! I was able to just wear my light cap which I ended up taking off, and my gloves quickly went into my pockets. It was absolutely gorgeous out, even without the sun shining. I headed out leaving my snowshoes behind, which I came to regret. The snow was quite soft that day, and even on our beaten paths, I was often sinking down into the tops of my higher tops snow sneakers! Luke was able to walk on top for the most part though, so it was fine for him.
By the next day we were back to more normal temperatures, just below freezing, and the walking was much easier for me. Two days of warmth had packed the snow down on our trails and then the colder temperatures had hardened it without making it icy. It was perfect for walking, as long as we stayed on the trails. Luke ventured off the path here and there and the snow was still soft there. On this colder morning, the sunshine did join us which was very nice!
It was so nice to finally get out for some longer walks, though we did miss the next day because of freezing rain the previous night which turned everything into a sheet of ice. The temperatures eventually rose above freezing, and Luke had to be a brave boy all morning as we listened to all the ice crashing off our metal house roof. He did great, because the noise even had me jumping several times! Today more rain is predicted, so who knows what we’ll end up with when all this over.
Thank goodness for all my different clothing and equipment that prepares us for anything, since things seem to be changing from day to day around here! It’s challenging to figure out how to gear up before heading out though, not knowing from one day to the next what the conditions will be. Now, when I go out in the morning to let the farm birds into their run and put the eggs out for sale by the road, I’ll walk a little ways on the beginning of our trail to see what they’re like.
After this crazy up and down week, I hope our temperatures will even out a bit more next week. Luke and I have a lot of trails left to blaze through the snow yet, and we’re both looking forward to getting the chance to extend our walks even deeper into our woods.
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