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Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

My friend H & I had a great walk along the river yesterday. It was cold, but clear and warmer. We had a massive snow storm a few days earlier. We took both our snow shoes and our yak trax (which are like tire chains for snow boots), and we hiked through snow, slush and ice on the river loop trail. It was magical!



Someone had decorated the trees along the river -- can you see the Christmas ornaments?







The currents were rushing by and the river level was high. We saw great blue heron and mergansers, but they flew away too quickly and I couldn't get a very good photo. The great blue heron is in the middle of the snow across the river (this photo was taken after he flew away and landed on the other side of the river)




This trail is usually easy, 3.5 mile loop, but in the snow and slush it was a hard workout. I am feeling my butt and thigh muscles today!







(I hardly recognize myself with all my winter layers on!)

Merry Christmas to all my friends, and Happy Hanukah to my Jewish friends. (I am Christian and I celebrate Christmas, but my family includes those who celebrate Hanukah). Whichever you celebrate, this is a season for appreciating love, friends, family, and the beauty that surrounds us. Hugs and best wishes for success in reaching your goals in the New Year!


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  • CLAIREINPARIS
    I hope you had a beautiful Christmas, Alison! I loved this blog with all the snow and even Christmas decorations in the trees by the river (how cute!)... I haven't walked in the snow for a few years as we have it so rarely here, but it is great exercise indeed!!!
    1391 days ago
  • MARITIMER3
    Lovely pictures, Alison, and a heart-felt message in your blog.

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family,

    Hugs, Gail
    1395 days ago
  • HIKEAT70
    How pretty. Merry Christmas
    1397 days ago
  • PATRICIAANN46
    Hi Alison........
    Thank You for sharing your walk with us. The new snow and the river were beautiful. How festive the trees looked with the red decorations. Someone was filled with the spirit.

    I wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah.

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    1397 days ago
  • JULIENSMITH
    I love the pictures. I want to try snowshoeing this year. I've never done it before. Merry Christmas to you.
    1397 days ago
  • SWEDE_SU
    love it - snowshoeing and snow walking are hard work! we haven't dragged out the snowshoes yet, walked in about a foot of snow this morning. it has stayed cold enough so no slush. beautiful photos - we are lucky to live in such special places!
    1397 days ago
  • J38850
    Thanks for sharing your pics.. Merry Christmas!!
    1397 days ago
  • GGRSPARK
    Beautiful pics. Merry Christmas to you. Very wet here in the desert. Hope to be home in Toronto before a massive snowfall.
    1397 days ago
  • TSHAWGER
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.
    1397 days ago
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