Les, A Tidewater Gardener, has issued a challenge he calls The Winter Walk-Off. The rules are pretty simple: “On your own two feet, leave the house and share what can be seen within walking (or biking) distance of your home. … Your post does not have to be about gardening or a travelogue, unless you want it to be. …just keep your eyes and mind open, be creative and have fun, but don’t show anything from your own garden.”
Because I enjoyed reading some of the other contributions, most from worlds so different from mine, I was inspired to contribute as well. On the day this walk was taken, the high was 51F (10C). The snow was melting slowly because the sun was not shining. So the landscape is straddling the seasons. It’s not really winter anymore, but it’s not really spring yet, either. The ground is still too frozen to call it mud season, so I guess it’s still icicle season. So let’s take a walk to see what we can see.
The cell phone tower access road climbs higher in elevation, but we are going to be following a creek and will be going downhill.
Our road is plowed in winter, but they do not use salt, only grit which seems like plain old dirt to us. For weeks we drive on snow-packed pavement, and the compacted snow often becomes icy. By the time the snow has melted off the road, there is so much grit that visitors think we live on a dirt road.
So, we’ve come to the end of the road. It’s time to turn around and go back uphill.
Now we come to the best part: a great view of the glen, while water tumbles over many modest waterfalls.
And so we wend our way back home to the beginning. I took this walk on Monday, and yesterday winter came back. Our lawn is once again covered with snow, and it is snowing as I write this. It will be a week before it is in the 40s again.
For those of you who haven’t discovered it yet, I’d like to introduce you to Google Maps Pedometer. You can plot your route on a map and learn the distance traveled and the elevation change as well. By using this I can tell you that our walk was two and a half miles round trip. And as this graph demonstrates, it was all downhill and then all uphill:
Thanks for walking with me!