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“Mistakes are proof that you are trying”  Unknown.

Christmas Morning 2012

Mostly clear (Yeah! Haven’t seen the sun in a while!)
Temp: 17 deg F
Wind: N 10 mph

Woke up this morning and knew right away that I had to get out and enjoy the beautiful sunshine.  We haven’t had a lot of it over that last couple of weeks, and I needed a good dose of what I call “Vitamin S (Sunshine)”.  We threw our snowshoes into the back of the Jeep and decided to walk/snowshoe a trail that we did part of this fall while geocaching, but didn’t go all the way down.  The roads were pretty icy due to the snow and then rain on top, but we didn’t have to worry about a lot of traffic, so that was a plus.

Once at the trailhead, we realized that snowshoes wouldn’t be needed so we set out.  Needless to say, the snow was pretty crunchy, but quite walkable.  Noisy as all get out so we knew the wildlife would know we were coming, yelling “Yo 100_5703Bear!” was not necessary.

We were not the only ones enjoying this trail.  There were other tracks already laid down, but not sure when they were done.  We came to the ponds that we were told were back here and weren’t sure what we were going to find.  We scared up a grouse and as usual, it scared me just as much as I scared it!  We noticed a lot of deer tracks and even some “otter slides” going down the banks to each pond.  I’ve always found humor is seeing otters sliding on their bellies instead of trying to walk through deep snow.  Wouldn’t it be funny if we did that?  Could you imagine how funny we’d look sliding around on our bellies?!  But it would be a great way to travel!

100_5708After a brief rest and some picture taking, we started back.  Found a side trail, and as usual, had to see where it went.  Found it looped around into an open area and then back to the main trail.  As we were heading back, the clouds started rolling in and the wind began picking up.  I knew my dose of Vitamin S was coming to an end, but I enjoyed it immensely!   A very nice way to spend Christmas Day!



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