Walloped with Snow

Yup, it’s been a pretty mellow winter.  Up until Friday at least.  Concord got dumped on with about 22″ of snow.  Needless to say, it finally looks like winter around here.

Mia and I got out for a relatively easy snowshoe on Saturday during the afternoon.  The winds were still wicked at times and there were hardly any people out at all.  Luckily the start of the Seawalls Falls trails are right near our house.  This normal 3.5 mile romp takes very little time.  We had first tracks pretty much all day though, and the going was slow, windy and cold.  It was fun though.  Took us about 40 minutes longer than normal when all was said and done.

parking lot not plowed
parking lot not plowed

They don’t normally plow this parking lot in the winter, but people do drive into it and pack it down.  Considering the snow banks at the entrance were about 4 feet tall though, nobody had even tried on Saturday.

fresh tracks!
fresh tracks!
It was wicked windy and cold
It was wicked windy and cold

After we were done it was a hot shower and then some hot food.

Mocha and lemon poppy muffin afterwards
Mocha and lemon poppy muffin afterwards

Sunday reared it’s head in a much calmer and warmer mood.  So of course we decided to go snowshoeing again.  This time we headed over to what is becoming our regular hike it feels, Oak Hill

Normally this parking lot is plowed.  Heck, last week there wasn’t an inch of snow around, this time it too was packed full of snow and had 3-4 foot snow banks blocking the entrance.  As tempting as trying to get into it with the Subaru was, I just parked on the side of the road.

Now we hiked this exact same area one week ago.  It goes without saying that the conditions were vastly different.

Some one had snowshoed the first mile, after that Mia and I were busting out trail all the way to the top.  It was tough, but with the weather being sunny and in the low 30’s, and no wind compared to yesterday it was much more pleasant.

Yes, Mia is Facebooking
Yes, Mia is Facebooking

The sky was blue and not a cloud anywhere at the top.  I was surprised no snowmobiles had been to the top yet.  I’m sure it will happen before the end of the day.

Pete & Mia at the top
Pete & Mia at the top

Thanks for reading,

-Pete

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