No way that I was going to ride the bike to town today to pick up the morning paper. It was below freezing and I still haven’t gotten around to working on the brakes, which occasionally stick and are noisy.
I noticed a call from Craig to ride trail this morning on our mountain bikes, but the layer of ice under the snow here meant I’d have to remove one set of tires from that bike and then mount up the studded set. Don’t want to that either.
We decided to go to plan B and get some snowshoeing in.  We were were fed up with being indoors and wanted to get exercise in the sun, even if we’d have to deal with ice and snow.
It was time to break trail on the 2009 winter version Uncle Tom trail.  Craig, I, and Jody the dog headed up the 600 foot climb to the ridge leading up to the summit of Moody Mountain.     On the way up we discovered this hybrid tree which is a combo of a maple and Eastern Hophornbeam (Ironwood).

Hophormbeam-maple tree !

They must have fused together when they were immature.
The snow was 4-6 “ deep when we started and up to 1 foot deep up on top.  Moody summit
We stopped at top and decided to have a boil up, but the wind was blowing, so we moved downslope and hunkered down on the lee side of an old stone wall , where we fired up our stoves and boiled up hot drinks and ate some of Craig’s home made  energy bars .

About Tom Jamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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2 Responses to Snowshoeing

  1. Michelle says:

    Jody dog is so cute my head just exploded! Cool spot to stop and have a boil break…
    I’ve been running lately — something about the temp being in the 20s fills me with hyperactivity.


  2. Craig says:

    Had a blast, need to do it again! Bought some Ghirardelli hot chocolate for next time.


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