Tuesday, February 18, 2014
2/17/14 Paul Bunyan Snowmobile Trail
Yesterday we awoke to several inches of new snow and after clearing the drive, just did a couple of walks around the neighborhood. This morning was sunny but cold ( 2 degrees) and quite windy so it felt colder. We decided our best chance for descent footing was a snowmobile trail We parked at the church across from where the trail crosses Broadway and started from there. The first part is a very large open field and the wind was brutal ( Kelley didn't seem to mind) .
I thought it would get better when we got in the more sheltered section but the wind was directly in our face. I consoled myself with the thought that the wind would be at our back on our return.
A good bit of the way is fairly open and follows the utility easement and is not especially scenic but the walking was easy. As you near the junction with the trail to Glenburn you get into some pretty woods. We met a snowmobiler there who stopped and chatted and gave us some info on the trails.
Shortly after the Glenburn junction we turned back It had been nice in the protection of the woods but we were soon back out in the open. It was better with the wind behind us. The wind was strong and the snow powdery enough that for much of the way our tracks were already filled in. Near the end we were passed by two more snowmobiles but we had seen no one else.
In spite of the wind we had a pretty good hike. 2 1/2 hours