Monday, December 22, 2008

With a foot of snow on the ground and the possibility of a white Christmas, the woods are stunningly peaceful and beautiful.  The trails are in pretty good shape so get out there and enjoy our winter wonderland before the rains come.

bird sightings include:
Juncos
Varied Thrush
Wrens
calls of Jay and Raven.

Since snow is the theme, I thought this might be fun.
(http://www.anri.barc.usda.gov/emusnow/stereo/stereo.htm)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The trails are in pretty good shape and the fallen tree, on the way to Lower Hawk's pond, is cleared along with some other "blow-down" farther to the south.
Today will be a partly cloudy day, with no precipitation. There is still snow on the ground to crunch under your feet. It's chilly and crisp, hovering around 30f.
It'll be a great day for a walk in the woods and a scenic beginning to the holiday vacation.

Monday, December 15, 2008


A few inches of snow did stick. It was thick enough to be pretty and thin enough to make for a pleasant walk.

One tree is down over the trail between Marker 13 and the view platform at lower Hawk's Pond, but the trail is negotiable.
The temperatures will remain low for the next few days, so the steeper parts of trail will remain a bit slick.
The Trail west of the lake, between Markers 12 and 3 is slushy, but actually improved by the snow.

Another snow storm is expected for Wednesday and Thursday.
Get out and enjoy our winter-wonderland!

























Friday, December 12, 2008

This weekend will be a cold, rainy/snowy one, so expect the trail to be a bit soggy. The mudiest areas are west of Buck Lake between sign-post 12 and sign post 3 and possibly in the area of hawk's Hole Creek.
The driest walks will be in the welcome wood and main forest areas, between Otter meadow and Lower Hawks Pond and is best accessed from Buck Lake Park.

The flora is generally going dormant for the winter, leaving the active community of mushrooms to do their vital work.

Wildlife in evidence includes:
deer,
coyote,
racoon.
The tracks of a single bear seen on the logging road at the far Southern end.

Birds seen include:
Dark-eyed Junco
Goldfinch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Gulls
Buffle head
Bald eagle
Canada Geese, flying through

If the snow sticks, the woods will be pure visual magic!
Dress warm, break out the boots and enjoy!