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February 10, 2013

Stomping and sliding on the snow

It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything about the outdoors. I took a long hiatus and enjoyed myself with the beauty of the North Country, but I’m back and I’ve got plenty to share.

Getting outside during the winter takes plenty of motivation and energy. I wonder why humans don’t hibernate like bears do. Things would be so much easier for everyone — no shoveling, no icy roads, nice warm, cozy bed — yeah, that’s a dream world for some.

But really, winter is full of excitement. So for the adventurous, when the temperatures get below freezing and the ground is covered with white stuff, the fun is getting started. Last year I took up ice fishing and dedicated myself to it.

This year has not been the same. I haven’t fished in a long time. It’s eating me up inside. And with the recent wave of warm weather, it’s not looking too promising. So without the fishing came some exploring. A buddy of mine had an extra pair of snowshoes for me to try out. We traveled to Point au Roche and set out on Long Points Trail.

Walking through the woods was enjoyable and the snowshoes gave me balance I usually don’t have hiking on snow. Although the trails were probably navigable with a pair of boots, the snowshoes helped keep my feet above the divots from previous hikers.

We made our way to Long Point and had a great view of Plattsburgh and Vermont. It felt great being out there. The waves of the water came crashing into the rocks on shore. Ice covered everything that the snow couldn’t stick to. The wind ripped through but it felt nice after working up a sweat stomping through the woods.

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