Hiking1:46:27 8.8 km (12:06 / km) +93m11:29 / km ahr:110 max:171 shoes: Rubber Boots
Friendly Valley-McCulloch Loop
6:59 AM; Washburn, WI
7.1 °C; Cloudy
Equipped myself with rubber boots to tackle the deeper sow in the woods. Well worth it. Climbed the steep ravine near the power line and Friendly Valley Rd. I think this is the first time we did the loop clockwise. Saw a flying squirrel, odd to see it in broad daylight. Grey today, after too gorgeous days. Roux had a hard time in the deep snow with his paw injuries but as soon as we were on terra firma, he was hard to keep back. A deer jumped up right in front of us and it took some persuasion to get him to abandon the chase.
Hiking1:55:15 10.21 km (11:17 / km) +120m10:40 / km shoes: Hoka One One Tor Summit Low
7:16 AM; Washburn, WI
4.1 °C; Clear
Nice hike on this beautiful morning. Not as mild as yesterday but still above freezing. Started by crossing the back 40, exiting via Dave Sztrock's driveway. Then McCulloch. The snow in the woods was still too deep to for bushwhacking over to Friendly Valley Rd. so we did a little loop through the woods, first following a foot trail that had been used by a horse and then a well-trodden game trail. Have to figure out what is public property and what is private. Back up to Kjarvick-McCulloch-Smith Fire Lane intersection, then down to Friendly Valley Beach, first taking the RR grade to the Sioux slough. Back home along the beach. Wildlife: many deer tracks everywhere, fresh, from today. So much deer scat in our back 40 that I think this must be a local deer bedroom community. Also turkey tracks, which always impress me by their size. Heard pileated woodpecker and blue jay, saw bald eagle and crows.
Shoulder injury update: I have a "full thickness tear of the supraspinatus tendon, one of the components of the rotator cuff.Sounds like surgery and a long recovery is in my future. Meeting with surgeon on Tuesday 2/21.
Hiking1:14:59  5.66 km (13:15 / km) +8m13:09 / km shoes: Rubber Boots
Onion to Sioux River
7:46 AM; Washburn, WI
5.8 °C; Clear
Nice walk, mostly on the lake ice. On the way to the Sioux, there was still a thin snow cover on the ice, on the way back, it had started to melt. Spent the rest of the morning ice fishing with friend Craig, there was standing water on the ice by the time we finished around noon. A rare treat, or rather a first: was able to cross the ice on the Sioux River slough and explored the short stretch of the railroad grade between the slough and the main channel of the Sioux, which had open water.
Also noteworthy: lil' Roux tore off a toe nail on his front paw. I notice yesterday evening that it was standing off at a right angle from his paw and he was in obvious pain. It must have happened yesterday morning when he sped after a rabbit and crossed the coarse rocks of the railroad bed. When I checked this morning, it was gone, leaving only a bloody stump. He was in some discomfort during our walk but mostly happy to be out. Drenched in sweat due to the warm temps.
Hiking56:07 5.9 km (9:31 / km) +36m9:14 / km shoes: Hoka One One Tor Summit Low
Energy Park Lexington to Snelling
6:07 AM; Hamline Midway/Como Park
0.0 °C; Clear
Nice early morning hike with dogs. Working from home this morning before mid-PM departure to Lake Superior. Won't be able to participate in the Book Across the Bay but I be damned if I don't attend the after event party! Looking forward to a couple of quiet days on the shores of the big lake!
Hiking9:04 1.12 km (8:06 / km) +50m6:37 / km shoes: Hoka One One Tor Summit Low
Home to Green Line
6:28 AM; Hamline Midway/Frogtown
-1.4 °C; Clear
Hiking35:11 3.83 km (9:11 / km) +31m8:50 / km shoes: Hoka One One Tor Summit Low
Energy Park Short Hike
4:54 PM; Hamline Midway/Frogtown
4.0 °C; Clear
Hiking13:00 1.4 km (9:17 / km) shoes: Hoka One One Tor Summit Low
Green line to Home
4:00 PM; Hamline Midway
4.0 °C; Clear
Got a call from my doctor about MRI results so chatted with her pretty much the entire way home. This is what she said in her write-up which I can access online: "You have a full thickness tear of one of the rotator cuff tendons that likely needs surgery just because of your level of activity. I will put in a surgical consult." I guess it could be worse, but it could be better, too ...