“What should we speak of when we are old as you? When we shall hear the rain and wind beat dark December?” … Shakespeare

Well, wind and rain is the weather that welcomes us to December. November is over…a month of unusual weather, which included late season canoeing and kayaking, and early season snowy hikes. The evenings get dark very early, and the mornings are cold and gloomy….we await the arrival of the first actual snowfall with enthusiasm, anxious to get out on our Tubbs snowshoes, and get the winter season activities into full swing.

I have written two blog posts for the Tubbs Snowshoes blog, and have enjoyed reading posts and articles written by other ambassadors. Here are the links to those postings, and I hope you enjoy them. Please check out the Tubbs facebook page and the Tubbs blog..there is always tons of good information, and some wonderful photos.

http://news.tubbssnowshoes.com/2015/11/15/snowshoe-treks-of-course-my-dog-is-with-me/

http://news.tubbssnowshoes.com/2015/11/13/journaling-your-journeys/

While we await snowshoeing and ski season, we keep busy with lots of hiking…sometimes requiring trail traction, other times just careful stepping amidst slippery leaves and rocks. We discover some new trails that will be great for snowshoeing and skijoring, and re-visit some old favorites. So not a lot of written material here, just a few representative photos….

 

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A kettle hole at a local trail….

 

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Out for a sunset/moonrise hike

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A very windy morning on the icy Pinnacle

 

 

 

 

 

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An artificial winter hike,since snow guns made the  snow up on the  mountain

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A Thanksgiving hike to a remote canoe camping site…accessed from a woods trail

 

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A bit of winter, but not much snow, on Elmore Mountain

 

In mid-November, we headed out to a remote cabin, owned by the Green Mountain Club. The Wheeler Pond camps are two rustic, off the grid cabins, located on a pond , surrounded by a multitude of hiking opportunities. My husband and I both participated in winter tent camping in our younger days, and really have no desire to resume that level of challenge! However, we have really come to enjoy our camping expeditions, so decided to give “cabin camping” a try. Though it was a chilly evening, the wood stove in the cabin kept us toasty warm!  It certainly was bit more luxurious than tenting….the dogs had lots of room, and seemed to really have a great time. Our plans had been to get some early season snowshoeing in, but with no snow on the ground, we stuck to hiking….lots of options, including trails right around the pond, and up the nearby mountains.  We will be returning to the camp in a few weeks, and we hope that we will get a chance to snowshoe some of the trails!

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It is really nice of the GMC to provide firewood for the camps…there is only a short gear haul from the parking area to the cabins, so we can carry the gear, water,and food, or use our pulk if there is snow on the ground.

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The cabin, from across the pond…it will be all iced over the next time we camp here.

 

We are also awaiting some new gear from http://backcountryk9.com/ …I know what is coming ( surprise!), and am really excited for the chance to give it a try-out! I anticipate that a review will be written about a month after I receive the gear, and it will of course, be posted here.

Happy Trails to all…may they be snow-covered, not icy, and enticing for all your outdoor activities. The holiday season,and all its associated chaos is arriving soon…Remember, peace can be found in the woods and  mountains.

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Just a hint….

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