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Tracks in the Snow

Oh, the time we spent outside yesterday, so much of it and so varied it was.  There was hiking, biking, grilling, and more biking.  Sunday is, hopefully, the new Nature Day.  In the morning, we drove over a mountain with sparkling ice-covered trees to Raccoon Branch.  Getting out of the car, Mike found numerous downed tree that the Forest Service had cut into logs, so he set to hauling wood while the rest of us went on a hike.

Tracks in the Snow

Crossing the stream, we found the most delicate mouse or squirrel tracks on every single bridge.

Snowy Tree

There was no snow at home, so it was good to see some and be really cold.
Because that's how it always is at Raccoon Branch in the Winter.

Pitch Pine

It's a sad thing to see the heyday of the Forest Service and public lands as long gone.
The government has bigger things to spend money on, like war machines, plain and simple.
If I weren't reminded of it every time I visit the forest and if I hadn't lived it when I worked
as a volunteer and for a concessionaire, I wouldn't have such strong opinions.
Maybe I would.

On the trail

Nonetheless, nature needs very little infrastructure to inspire wonder.
I think this is where Roan swore he saw Smokey tracks and Willow countered that they were Woodsy's.

Hopeful Tree

Dear little tree growing on the bridge.

Bridge Rail

The sun was strong yesterday and quickly pushed out the chill and melted the dusting of snow.
For awhile, the children lay on the pillars at the end of the bridge watching the sun on the creek.
Heaven, right there, on a stack of rocks.

Carry Wood

Here's a chuckle for you.  I look like I'm about to explode with laughter.  Two hats!   And every bit handmade.  Check the mittens, blakdove.  We left packed to the roof with wood.


( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jan. 26th, 2015 11:34 pm (UTC)
Love the mittens, and hats, and scarf, but especially Laurel's worried little face behind you :)

My kiddos got 8 inches of snow while we were in Cleveland, and they LOVED it.
Jan. 27th, 2015 08:50 pm (UTC)
That girl. ;-) I'm glad you all got to enjoy some snow.
Jan. 27th, 2015 01:49 am (UTC)
Sounds like a perfect day. :) Love the pictures.
( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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