We went for a hike up into our woods this afternoon.
Papa Pea asked if I wanted to break trail or if he should. I'm no dummy. "Lead on!" I said.
This is a backward look at the trail and our tracks on the way to the top of our ridge, deep in the forest, miles from home. (Absolute fabrication regarding the distance from home.)
Look at the "gnome dome" by the side of the trail. Doesn't it look like that stump could be a sweet, little home for wee folks? Can you see the door? Hmmm, they must have gone to Arizona for the winter because there are no tracks going in or out of the little abode.
Also saw this woodpecker condo in a dead standing tree.
Looking back up over my shoulder again to take this picture. Although the trek up to the ridge is steep in parts, the leg of the trip on the return side is easy-peasy. But one can't get over-enthused on this downhill portion or one will do a face-plant in the snow. (Ask me how I know.)
We saw lots of tracks in the snow on our brisk jaunt. Squirrel, rabbit, deer and most likely brush wolf as when you see a timber wolf track, it is BIG. Never caught sight of any of the actual critters though.
Invigorating exercise and I could easily have settled on the couch and taken a little nap when we got back to the house. But I was a good girl and dove back into the seed catalogs spread out on the kitchen table trying to figure out what seeds I need to order for this year's garden.
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