A Walking Day (and Some Wintery Photos)

Yesterday dawned as a cold, blustery day here in Vermont, with a few inches of new snow from overnight. I decided to skip the bike ride today and instead managed to get out for two walks. I thought this would be a good chance to show off some winter scenery.

The first was a walk on the road that runs out to the entrance of our neighborhood. Out and back is about a mile.

The second walk took me out onto the trail system that sits behind our neighborhood. The particular trail I was on is called the Beaver Pond trail. This trail is about 0.8 miles long, but then connects to several other trails that can be put together into a loop. As you might guess, this trail runs along a small stream that ultimately takes you to a beaver pond. The beavers are long gone, and even the dam is overgrown and not particularly visible any more, but the pond is pretty, especially in winter.

A section of the Beaver Pond Trail
There is a pond there, under that snow
A tall dead tree. Too bad those beavers aren’t still around. They could use this to do a major enhancement to their dam

No polygons today. Still cold and windy today, but hopefully back to bike riding on Monday.

10 response to "A Walking Day (and Some Wintery Photos)"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: January 24, 2021

    I find humor in the idea of a beaver dam undergoing a major renovation. Less humorous is that my home will be taking on major renovations in the kitchen and bathroom very soon. The Feeshko is insisting on it. I suspect our project will involve more expense than chewing down a dead tree and dragging it over to the pond.

    Your wintry pictures are very nice. I can’t explain why, but view-blockers in Vermont seem to be prettier than view-blockers in southern Minnesota.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: January 25, 2021

      We keep talking about kitchen and bathroom renovations as well, but so far it hasn’t got beyond the talking stage. As to the view blockers, perhaps with our views mostly consisting of low mountains and hills, all tree covered, it’s not such an issue. In other words, the trees ARE the view.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: January 24, 2021

    Looks like you can do some nice walking in your parts! The first picture is particularly nice.
    Maybe we can send you some beavers. They are a pest here and multiplying rapidly. Many trees along our streams have protection around the trunks to keep them from being felled by the busy beavers. I’ll post a picture one of these days.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: January 25, 2021

      I really haven’t heard about beavers being a problem in our state. Supposedly in the past, the beaver population was decimated by extensive trapping. The population has since rebounded, but not the the point that it’s a problem. Yes, I’m lucky enough to live in a place with lots of nice walking opportunities. In my neighborhood, you can walk about two miles entirely on the road, or if you want to hike, we have our trail system in the woods.

  3. By: Scooter Posted: January 24, 2021

    With a bit more snow, that trail looks like it would be great for x-country skiing.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: January 25, 2021

      It is indeed used for both xc skiing and snowshoeing. One of my neighbors grooms the trail for skiing after every fresh snowfall. We had about two weeks worth of nice conditions in December, but then a combination of rain and warmer temps turned it all into an ice and packed snow trail. Still fun though.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: January 25, 2021

      Thanks Rocky! It is a great trail system. If you walk every trail, it adds up to about four miles, so not quite up to your standards of distance. But it’s nice to have available close by to get out for a daily hour or so hike.

  4. By: NancyG Posted: January 24, 2021

    Great snow walking ;’-). Really enjoyed your photos.

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