After a domestic morning that involved laundry, gardening and haircuts, Simon and I set off to do a slightly “different” hike.
Well then – what might be snow free?
I suggested Smallwood/Bigwood. Simon said that it was pretty steep. I agreed that it was. He thought there might be snow.
After more thought, I said, “Morning Mountain! Lots of trails – we can wander for 2 or 3 hours and bring the dogs and it will be fun.”
Simon said, “Okay!”
So off we went. We got there. We noticed snow near the parking lot. Well, I said, it’s a north-facing slope but I think once we’re in the trees we should be pretty good.
So off we went, dogs happily trotting along. We did take note of the fact that ours was the only vehicle in the parking lot.
And so off we went. The trail was a bit slippery – and eventually we decided that maybe we were a week early for snow-free.
We soldiered on. Then Simon started post-holing. A lot.
We kept going until we reached the big intersection where we decided to head back down. But this is the place where five trails converge and we (I?) chose the incorrect one and kept heading up with more postholing. So we turned back. Abby sighed.
We found the correct downhill trail. Every now and then it was snow free. I do want to stress that I was not incorrect in saying right at the start that we’d be snow free in the trees.
Not mentioning, of course, the lack of lots of trees.
Simon continued to post hole. And did I mention that he didn’t have his gaiters with him? He made strong note of the fact that his feet were feeling distinctly gooshy.
We finally did get back to the car – still the only one in the lot.
And so that was our afternoon on Morning Mountain. May I suggest that you wait two weeks before heading up?