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Monday, March 4, 2013

3/3/13 Little Long Pond

Gray drizzly morning with   rain predicted. We decided to head for the park anyway. By the time we got to the trail the rain had stopped. We took the Friends Path down to the pond and it was very icy and I was glad we would not return that way. The West Trail was a mixed bag with bare spots, sections of ice, and fairly deep drifts. There were, however, parts of the pond melted and Kelley was quickly into them.

When we reached the Jordan Stream Trail we decided to give it a try though there had been little use ( and  then quickly none) . For some reason this trail had much more snow and not being well blazed was hard to follow at times. There is also a fair amount of erosion along the stream and other smaller streams running into it. At one point I broke through to water over my boot. Nice that it was not really cold.

Start of the Jordan Stream Trail

Kelley making her way carefully across the stream. She does not like bridges, especially if there are spaces between the boards.

At the cobblestone bridge we moved up to the carriage roads and took them back. Most of the snow was gone from them which made for  very easy walking. We also met several people with dogs so Kelley had a bit of play time and this was a nice bonus for her.

 Enjoying the view from beside the carriage road.

We managed to get in a 2  3/4 hour hike without getting rained on ( it started again on the drive home). A pretty good hike- more difficult walking for me than  for Kelley but still not bad and she got to greet lots of people and dogs.

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