WHAT A WINTER!!
This is the first time in 10 years that I've spent the winter in upstate NY. What a mistake! It has been cold and very snowy. Seems like we've had one storm a week.
One saving grace is that my hiking friends and I have been doing some snow-shoeing. This is my first experience with it. I didn't think I'd like it, but it's more fun than I expected it to be.
Sometimes we don't need snowshoes, we can use our spikes instead. I prefer the spikes if the trail is tamped down by snowmobiles, otherwise it's pretty necessary to use snowshoes.
We've been trying to go out once a week. One week we had to cancel because the weather was so bad. One week we went to the local golf-course instead of driving north to a trail. Most of the time we've managed to dodge the bad-weather-bullet: a storm the day before and more snow the day after.
Another storm is forecast for next week (third week in March). We're all weary of it, but another storm guarantees a few more weeks of snowshoeing. Another storm guarantees more water in the wells and farm fields. Another storm guarantees a real appreciation of Spring when it finally arrives. So I guess there's an up side to it all. Sigh.
|Some hikers we met along the trail|