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Making Tracks On Virgin Snow Across A Frozen Pond In Alton, N.H. — Temp. -12C (10F).

by Anura Guruge


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Today.


So, why didn’t I walk all the way to the island? Good question. That, of course, was the plan. Explore the island. I have never been to it — Summer or Winter. This is not a pond that I have explored though I drive or walk by it often. It is in Town — not close to home and my daily hikes. This was the first time I had ventured onto it. As you can see there were no other tracks since the snowstorm 3-days ago. That makes me cautious. Don’t want to fall through the ice again. There is a river on the other side of the road and I wasn’t sure if there was any moving water below the ice. Moving water isn’t good. Well, as I got to the island I ran into mush — water above the ice. Not good. The ice was probably thick enough but I was not in the mood to get my feet wet. So, that is the full story.


The short hike across the pond was but a diversion on a longer walk — most of it close to water. I was waiting for somebody to finish some testing at school. So, I only had, at most, 1.5 hours. I was timing myself. Did good. Timed it to 5-minutes. It all worked out. She was ready to be picked up. I did close to 4-miles. I topped it up and got my 10K steps for the morning when we got home. Nice walk. I enjoyed it.


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I Walked Across A Very Frozen ‘Halfmoon Lake’ (N.H.) Today & It Was Pretty Cold At -12C (10F).

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Today.


Last ‘Week’ (Jan. 8, 2020)


Our lake, ‘Halfmoon Lake‘ in Central New Hampshire, is frozen solid (bar a few spots where there is still some running water coming in, under the ice, from brooks).

Today, for the first time, I saw a motorized vehicle on the lake — a 4-wheeler. That is always good as far as I am concerned. If the ice can support the weight of a vehicle it should be able to handle my 146 lbs (66 Kg).

It was cold today. It was 8F (-13C) when I left the house. But, 8F was a few degrees above my 5F cut-off, plus I really needed to get a walk in. I had had two days off — one because it really was below 5F.

Despite what folks often think, I am not as stupid as I look & act. SMILE. There is method to my madness. At 66 I am NOT going to take too many chances with cold weather. Plus, we had some stuff to do this afternoon. So, I kept my walk short, i.e., less than 4 miles. I knew I would be doing some more walking later in the day and that I would be easily exceeding my 10K step goal (and I did by 4pm).

It was bracing. The sun was out. It was still. No wind. There was an ice fisherman. That was about it. He and I on the Lake — or on that side of the lake.

I was happy.


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52 US Air Force F-35 Aircraft Elephant Walk At Hill Air Base, Utah, On Monday, During Iranian Tensions.

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Click to ENLARGE. From U.K. ‘Daily Mail’ article below. Also see YouTube video.


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It was crazy but I did NOT see this reported on any mainstream U.S. media. I read about it in the U.K. ‘Daily Mail’ — my primary source of print news.

I then found the video on YouTube.

Seems strange. Something folks would have liked to have seen. So, I am sharing. Worth watching.


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I Was More Adventurous Today On My Quick Hike Across Frozen Halfmoon Lake In In Central New Hampshire.

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Today.


Yesterday.


I was more confident of the ice conditions today than I was yesterday.

Still NO snowmobile tracks and that is what I typically use to gauge the safety of the ice.

But, I was more adventurous today. Plus, I didn’t have as much time. I had already walked 2.5 miles BEFORE I got to the Lake and distance = time and I am always in short-supply of the later.

So, on the way back I cut across the Lake rather than taking the longer router hugging the shoreline. It was fun. Dogs loved it.

Pretty soon I will he heading straight out — like an arrow. You wait and see. SMILE.


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A Delightful 4-Mile Hike Around Frozen Halfmoon Lake In In Central New Hampshire.

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Note that I said I walked around it, and not across it. This is our lake (i.e., we have beach rights to it and we live about 0.5-mile from it) BUT I had not ventured out on it so far this year.

At our end, as image two (above) shows it was virgin snow. Those are my boot-prints and paw prints of my dogs.

Over the 27-years I have lived by (or on) lakes up here I have fallen through the ice five times. Not in any hurry to add to that — especially in my old age.

Typically I wait for and follow well compacted snowmobile tracks. That way I can be sure that ice is thick enough. Today, I had no clue and this is still early days and we have had some unusually warm days. So, I (for a change (befitting my increased age)) played it safe. Stayed close to the shore, but as the GPS track shows I did venture out in certain spots. Once, when I was further out than I planned I heard the ice crack TWICE. Not funny.

But, it was a wondrous walk. I don’t know this lake as well as I should because we have never been out in it by boat. I swim, go out on it in my iSUP or a pedal-boat. So, I haven’t been all the way around. This was good. I will be doing it again. SMILE. I will keep you posted.


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A Bracing 4.3-Mile Jaunt In Freshly Fallen Snow With Mainly Blue Skies — In Central New Hampshire.

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Click to ENLARGE. GPS route/elevation map from my Garmin Fenix 6.


I readily admit I am indeed fortunate to be able to hike like this — straight from my garage door. This is what I call my ‘snow route‘. Straight up the hill (which is plowed by the town) with some detours into unplowed trails.

I went to bed knowing that I would wake up to snow. They had said 1″ to 3″, but given our 700’ altitude, on the side of a mountain, we tend to get more. And that was the case. Maybe 4″, but not enough to get out the snowblower. Anywho, I was going to walk, 4-miles (10,000 steps), before I tackled snow clearing. Proved to be a good move since my 19-year old daughter, atypically, was there ahead of I and had already cleared a fair amount. That was a bonus.

Lovely morning. Some dark clouds, but mainly blue skies. It was also quite warm — for this time, i.e., low 30Fs.

Nice jaunt. Loved it. Walking in the unplowed trail was fun. Luckily someone else had beaten me to it — albeit in snowshoes. I walked in the indentations made by them. That helped. Didn’t sink as much. On the way I found an unused, still-sealed ‘bear repellent’ can! Didn’t see any blood or any signs of a struggle so I didn’t call the police. What fun. Brought the can home.


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I Found An Unopened Can Of ‘Bear Repellent’ On A Remote Trail — Should I Contact The Police?

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This is NOT a joke. This is true. I found this bright orange, seal unbroken, ‘Bear Repellent‘ can on a remote, rarely travelled wooded trail this morning during my 4.3-mile hike.

Should I call the police?

No blood.

Person was on snowshoes so the snow was disturbed. Maybe ONE bear track! You can see it in the 2nd picture, top-left.

I would have thoughts bear were hibernating by now — but it has been a fairly mild winter SO FAR.

Haven’t heard of any missing folks. So, I haven’t called the police as yet.


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