The dogs and I set off down the trail today, to go the mail box. It was warm, and we thought some of the snow might have melted off, but it hadn't.
The pine trees are all covered with wet snow, and the limbs bend down into the trail. Plenty of them had broken off and I threw them off to the side as we went. Fortunately, not a single big tree fell across the way down.
This is a foot path that branches off my Jeep trail and goes towards the water fall. I don't think anyone will be traipsing down that for a bit.
To the left here is a steep canyon, with a big stream in the bottom of it. In summer, the dogs go down there , where there are deep, slow flowing pools, and they swim. In winter they tend to be less willing to make the trip down.
Although you probably can't tell it from the photo, this is a steep uphill slope on the way out, it's part of the old forest service road. Someone had been down it recently in a Wrangler, and I envied them. When I had mine, I used to go out and drive all over the woods after a snow.
The stone pillar with my guard gargoyle. The snow just about buries him on top of it sometimes, but he just got a bit between his wings this go around. This is where my trail up the mountain runs into the old forest service road. The steel gate keeps me from getting tourists and sightseers on the mountain top.
Belle found out this was snow that was frozen hard. I thought I was going to have to pull her up onto the road but she scrabbled up on her own in the end.
At the top of this hill starts a really steep slope down, which ends at the hard surface county road. I once tried to come down it when it was covered in ice. Couldn't stop, and at the bottom of the slope some old guy was driving his tractor around in circles, having a great time. I locked on the horn and just before I crashed into him he saw me and skittered out of the way. This was one of the times I proved that four wheel drive does not mean you can drive on ice.
Looking down the slope. You can't tell it but it is really steep. Even walking up and down it when it's slick is tough. The dogs have no problem but it gets chancy for me, especially as a fall is harder to get over than it was when I was younger. You don't bounce very well on ice or frozen snow.
Nice day though. Didn't get anything done but I really didn't need to.