Thursday, December 8, 2011 – Bear Creek Road
The holidays are starting to affect my companion’s schedules; several people are out of town or on their way out. And so I hike alone. I noticed today that I am getting more comfortable hiking alone; when I first started, I was bored and a little anxious. Now, I am kinda enjoying the quiet. I stop and listen for a few moments. Walking in the snow brings me peace that I had forgotten about. I thought back to snow-filled memories, in Colorado and Vermont and New York State. I used to cross-country ski and hike and build forts and create angels. It was fun. Back to reality, I enjoyed today very much – until my ears got cold and my feet got wet. The workout is different too! My thighs ache right now.
I walked on Bear Creek Road where it enters the forest. Then I noticed someone’s foot prints off into the woods and I decided that I would check it out too. I enjoyed traipsing through the snow and among the trees. The other hiker had their dog (a good size one from the prints in the snow) and I regretted leaving Cody home. When I made it back to the road, I continued down and came to a fence and then either a damn or a large built-up (yet unused) road. I couldn’t tell because if it was a damn, there was no water and if it was a road, it was abandoned at some point – the fence stopped vehicle traffic. Walked further and then took another path off the road and into the woods. The calm was lovely.
I tried to identify many tracks in the snow, mostly deer and some small guys – maybe fox or coyote. I was amused at their paths – not exactly direct!
2.06 miles – 2 hours
22 down / 78 to go