I thought I'd best get out before the extended warm spell. I had two objectives for today:
1) see if I could find a route to Supercenter, not because I have any special interest in it, but it would be nice to know I could restock by foot
2) see how viable an 8km snowshoe at PB early February would be
There were a fair number of bare spots and lots of ice. The first thing I noticed was how thick the river ice could be and still break apart. If ice this thick can break under its own weight, you have to be really careful what you walk on. There was lots of this a good meter above the current river flow.
I'm in these woods a decent amount and rarely do I see any trash, so coming upon this really annoyed me.
I carried on to my planned railway crossing and was happy to see enough snow on the climb up to be able to step up nicely. I wasn't sure how much snow would be left on the golf course. It was mostly covered, but frequently not with snow.
I took what I thought should be a fairly direct route to the road I would need to cross to get groceries. One longish detour where the hydro lines were fenced off, and then just river navigation. Once I found a path up to the road, I turned back - unfortunately stopping the timer rather than setting a lap marker at about 3.5km.
I wanted to come home about 200m south of the hydro line and managed that all right other than having to adjust for a river crossing once. I did get back to the tracks at the point I wanted, only because it was relatively flat to get across. I didn't want a steep climb on the sunny bank. Pretty easy to navigate in this.
I took the most direct route from the railway. Finishing up, I did a small loop because I didn't see our decorated tree. On the second pass I noticed the tree was GONE. One partial decoration left behind. 20m up the trail somebody had started a fire that included a couch, and I'm guessing the tree.
I took the 1/2 decoration home and broke the news to Mrs. She thought I just meant the decorations were gone again and was extremely disappointed to find out that the whole tree was gone too.