|Some branches down on Reservoir|
|Some of the open/wet areas along the trail|
|the first "vista" of the loop looking out to Mt Monadnock|
|Mt Monadnock encased in clouds|
|Zoomed in a little at Mt Monadnock|
|Some hemlocks were covered in ice and snow over the trail just before the Ridge intersection|
|Snowshoe Hare tracks; Golden-crowned Kinglets happily chirping in the trees...|
|Coming up to Baker Pond|
|Griffin loves selfies!|
We proceeded to Hubbard Hill Trail. From here it usually takes me 20-25 minutes depending on my state of fitness and motivation. I was hungry so we were going to try to get a little workout in and get back to start the day. As soon as we got to the top of the first little climb everything changed. It was an icy, snowy winter wonderland! It was beautiful because the sun was shining, but it was also somewhat hazardous because of the numerous trees and branches down and the many still bent over encased in ice! Pictures of course don't do it justice but I tried...
|from hubbard hill vista|
|Hubbard Vista...always a buzz with chickadees up here...|
This was going to take longer than I thought but what I didn't realize was how much worse it was still going to get! I was very glad that someone had hiked through because I used their footsteps as the trees and broken mayhem we had to go around took us way off trail a lot. Again pictures don't do it justice...
|A logged area in which I saw a big moose a few weeks ago...|
|Biggest tree down...had to go way off trail to get around it...|
I was in awe the whole time we walked through the destruction - and glad nothing new fell on us! Griffin was excited to come across some fresh fox tracks and didn't seemed bothered by the detours. This section of the loop that usually takes me 20 minutes took us over an hour! We won't be running through here anytime soon - and neither will snowmobilers. My feet were dry but I was hungry! I am curious if the sun yesterday helped some of the trees recover and may go up to see later today. This park never ceases to amaze me! Get out there!!!