On the 21st of December we hiked the trail loop on the backside of our property that goes up to the high ridge and back. We hadn't been on this trail since around about the first of December at which time we noticed that (uh-oh!) we had a lot of blowdown of trees that were blocking the trail.
So that day we took chainsaw and pickaroon and headed out to see what we could do as a clean-up effort before the trail was covered with deep snow.
As you can see by this spot that is open to sunlight, much of the piddly amount of snow we had gotten up to that time was melted. Only four days until Christmas and our thoughts that day were that it didn't look like we were going to have a white Christmas.
Keeping the trail open through the woods is a constant challenge. All the more so with the high, damaging winds we had had this past summer. The maintenance of the trail is best done in the fall after the leaves are off the trees, but on the 21st with the little amount of snowfall left on the ground it wasn't difficult.
The ridge at the top of the loop is free of nearby trees, but this good-sized poplar from the ravine on one side managed to fall across the path.
It was a glorious day and we got our quota of exercise and fresh air. And it turned out to be providential we went when we did because right after Christmas we got our first heavy snow which quickly put the kabosh on any more trail work until spring time. We accomplished enough, though, that we can easily snowshoe or snowmobile the trail . . . if no more big trees decide to fall in an inconvenient (to us!) spot.
Hunkered In ~ from the handiwork journal
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