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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.