Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Mostly sunny, cold , but little wind. Though Kelley seemed fine this morning I was still concerned about the bit of lameness yesterday and wanted an easy hike. We did the Carter Meadow Road first. This starts as a gated service road which takes you to the loop trail and to the observation platform.
Little Birch Stream runs near the road and today we could hear the water
This old stump was beside the road in shade but lit by a shaft of sunlight.
The first part of the loop trail was quite wet with puzzling conditions- patches of water, thin ice, and ice that would support my weight- I couldn't determine why there was this variation.
View of the meadows from the observation platform
After completing the loop we took the road back to the car and drove the short distance to the Johnson Brook Trail. This consists of some old woods roads and some more narrow trails. We followed the road to the beaver pond
and then went back to do the loop.
There are several of these bridges and most have become quite warped. This was not the worst but Kelley wasn't sure she wanted to use it.
Bog bridges through the cedar swamp
Though there was little wind it felt colder than yesterday but it still turned out to be a good hike. Kelley showed no signs of discomfort during or after the hike. The trails each took about an hour to complete.