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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Spirit of the Woods at Big M

Today was the trail club outing at Big M. We had a small turnout, but we had a good time. There is a large and beautiful warming shelter there, with a wood stove. A Boy Scout troop was there before us and the building was nicely warmed up.

Big M Ski Area warming shelter

Thanks to a slim inch of snow last night that topped off the icy base, we were actually able to ski. Only Loren and I actually went out on the trails, though. It wasn't fantastic skiing, but in a winter where we count the times we've even been able to ski on our fingers, we'll take anything we can get!

cross country skiing

We talked a bit about how to attract more people to come out on our hikes/events. We used to regularly get quite a few, but that has certainly changed, and we don't really know why.

See Snow Fun at Big M
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Ratty said...

I wish more people would decide to hike just so they would become aware of how good nature is, but the less number of people out there means the quieter it is for me.

Duxbury Ramblers said...

We still get good groups of walkers and naturalists mainly birders, not a lot of youngsters they seem to cling to their games on the computers. The park always has a good number of young families (some a pain in the neck) so we like to keep to the woods and rougher areas for the peace and quiet which allows us to see more of nature.

Lin said...

Do you think it's this winter weather? We went out for a walk today, but we didn't go to the woods or anything because it is so soggy out there. It's such an odd winter, isn't it?

rainfield61 said...

I hike, but never have it in a winter.

Is trying to imagine how the experience is.

Sharkbytes said...

Ratty- I think we need to find a new pool of people to draw from

Carole- I like having just a couple of people, but in the long run, that's not good for the trail.

Lin- nah... it's been going on longer than this winter.

rainfield- this winter, it's not much different from any other time, except colder!

Unknown said...

What a great day! Hiking in the winter woods is one of my favorite things to do. Nice post!

The Oceanside Animals said...

Reminds me of the warming hut at a cross-country ski place near our house back in NY. We didn't cross-country ski really but we would go there and hike through the snow and the warming hut was always a good place to stop and thaw out.

Sharkbytes said...

Darren- I love being out there... any season! Thanks for stopping by

Dennis and dada- The shelters really make ski areas very welcoming places.

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