Estimated distance: 1.82 miles
Weather: 39°F, sunny
Resources: Holcomb Farm, Trail Map
Highlights of the trip: views over snowy fields
Progress toward 2017 Outdoor Goals: 10/52 hikes; 29.77/250 miles hiked
After my snowshoe fail the other day, I decided to try hiking without them. I had thought about strapping the snowshoes to a pack and bringing them along, just in case. I fumbled with strapping them on the pack and finally gave up. I figured by picking a place where other people had packed the snow down, I would be okay without them. People often walk their dogs on the east side of Holcomb Farm, so that was where I decided to go.
|OpenStreetMap from my MapMyHike app.|
Sure enough, the trail up the hill was pretty well worn. The sun was shining and melting the snow.
|Looking to the southwest from the bench.|
I started to doubt myself as I made my way over to the bench at the viewpoint. Not as many people had traveled this way and I was trying to stay in others footprints. When I got to the bench, there was another person there on snowshoes. He said the trails in the woods were pretty well traveled and packed down, so I thought I had made the right choice not to bring my snowshoes.
|Entrance to the woods from the field with a trail sign.|
I took the blue trail in a clock-wise direction. I went past the first turn on to the red trail and took the second turn, which went south along an old barbed wire fence and cedar trees, to a field. I walked across the field and back down to the road.
Today's lesson was "be prepared". If I had strapped my snowshoes to a pack, I certainly would have put them on. It would have been easier along the trail, and I wouldn't be hobbling around with sore calves 3 days later. Hopefully, this is a lesson learned.