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Saturday, November 22, 2014

11/21/14 Demeritt Forest

Mix of sun and clouds, 20's, and windy. Not a very nice day. We started from the Logan Rd. entrance and followed the route marked. The old wood roads were fine but the other trails had a lot of water with thin ice that neither of us like. I took few pictures because I was reluctant to remove my gloves.

Starting out

Some leaves under the thin ice

After we finished our route we walked across the road to the river which was not frozen.

Kelley got in but does not like large rivers- she's a pond girl- so didn't venture far from shore

Not a bad hike in spite of the cold - it's going to get much colder. Last year I left my mitts on top of the car and drove off and I and need to replace them- much warmer than gloves- especially with warmers.  2 hours 

Friday, November 21, 2014

11/20/14 City Forest

30's mix of sun and clouds. I'm wasn't feeling up to par so it was an hour at City Forest. We started from the end of Kittredge Rd. and walked down to the beaver pond; Kelley was excited until we got there and found it frozen.

However, the small stream that crosses the side trail we use to get to the rail bed was still flowing.

Mostly the ice along the trail was not very thick but Kelley does not like the kind that breaks under her feet.

A small stump

We only went a short distance along the rail bed and then took another side trail back to West Trail.

More ice

Not very long but we did get out and stretch our legs and Kelley seemed satisfied.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

11/19/14 Perch Pond

Upper 30's and windy but nice sun. I haven't marked our route because I'm not sure of all of it. We went in on the South Trail from Poplar St., passed the small pond, walked beside Perch Pond, and took the Wild Kingdom Trail back to South.

The bridges in the boggy first section were treacherous with frozen snow and ice,

The areas that are mostly deciduous looked very wintry even though there is little snow left.

Bridge slats at the small pond

Kelley was happy when we reached the pond- the smaller pond had been ice covered.

Leaves under ice.

A pretty day in spite of the cold and an easy hike for Kelley. as usual here, we had the place to ourselves.

2 hours 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

11/18/14 Downtown

Supposed to be clear but we had drizzle which turned to snow. Had to go to the library so we just did a short walk around town- kind of pretty and no real accumulation. Lots of people about for Kelley to greet and lots of things to sniff.

11/15/14 Little River Trail

 Computer problems  have kept me from posting for a couple of days. This hike was last Saturday.

Cold and windy but mostly sunny. We usually start from the other end (water most of the way) but today we started from the ball field end, just for a change .

Five minutes into the hike Kelley found water anyway

The first part of the trail is boggy and there was more snow on the bridges than anywhere

Little River- it really is little when you first reach it.

No more flowers or insects

Thought trail from this point stays close to the river or reservoirs, most of the bank is too difficult for Kelley to get in and out:; we hiked to a spot near the spillway where I knew she could get in for a good swim

We then returned the way we had come. We met no one until a couple near the end. Kelley was happy to see them and they gave her some attention as we chatted. They had recently moved to the area..

A pretty good hike  3  1/2 hours 

Friday, November 14, 2014

11/14/14 Essex Woods

Yesterday we went to Marsh Island but Kelley was not at all enthusiastic. She did not appear lame but just wasn't into it so after half an hour we turned back and called it a day.

This morning we awoke to about two inches of new snow ( last weeks was pretty much gone) and it was the wet stick kind so it was pretty. I decided , after yesterday, to have an easy day so we went to nearby Essex Woods. There is a dog park next to the parking lot but it was empty when we arrived. We just wandered the trails and the rail bed for awhile and met two men with friendly dogs so that was nice.

Some pictures of the snow.

This is the end of the same old rail bed we walk next to City Forest. In winter when the bogs are frozen we sometimes walk to here from the forest.

Instead of returning the way we came Kelley wanted to climb the hill that is used by sledders when there is enough snow. This brought us out behind the dog park and there were now two women with their dogs so we joined them. Kelley greeted the dogs but was more interested in going back and forth between the women getting attention from them. A pretty morning and a pleasant little outing.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

11/12/14 City Forest

Gray 50's with light drizzle - rain is forecast so we went to the nearby forest. we parked in the regular parking lot instead at the end of Kittredge Rd. where we usually park and walk across the meadow and down the hill to the beaver pond. When Kelley got out of the car she knew this was  different and looked at me as if to say, "what about the pond?" We detoured down to the pond  soon after we started.

and then continued on West to the side trail we take to the old rail bed. It was looking kind of wintry .

Some reflections along side the rail bed

Most leaves are now on the ground but we found  some still on a bush

and Tamarack

At the junction we got back on the West Trail to complete our loop. Kelley wanted to go back for one last swim in the pond before we finished.

While she was swimming I noticed a turtle just under the water in a puddle and picked it put for a picture. It didn't  look happy with this move.

Dreary day with continual drizzle which intensified near the end so I was glad to see the car. Kelley seemed happy all the water and we  also met several people with dogs.   2  hours