“In the blue night
frost haze, the sky glows
with the moon
pine tree tops
bend snow-blue, fade
into sky, frost, starlight.
The creak of boots.
Rabbit tracks, deer tracks,
what do we know.”
-- Gary Snyder
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We’re now halfway through this winter. March will be here in just a little over 3 weeks, and then spring officially arrives with the Equinox another 3 weeks later.
Yes, the seasons do seem to fly by, and those of you who have been longing for spring will soon be rewarded by much warmer days and much brighter sunshine.
Seasons are never the same from one year to the next, of course. So far this winter has been a relatively mild one, with daily highs often getting into up the 40s-50s, along with periodic cold spells like the one we’ve had for most of the past week or so.
We haven’t received very much snow, although that could change anytime. Some of our hikes have been on bare ground, others in 1-2 inches of snow, and on a couple of trips we hiked in 3-4 inches of snow, which melted in a few days.
Overall, December and January were great months for hiking. I know that some of you have been disappointed that we haven’t been able to go snowshoeing yet.
Many years we get at least one big snowstorm in February, however, and some years it has snowed every week this month. As to this year, we’re still waiting…
If we do get enough snow for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, you’ll hear about it via these e-mails. In the meantime, we’ll continue to enjoy ourselves out on the trails every Saturday and Sunday. Will you be hiking with us this month?
-- Charlie Cook