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Wanderings: Lime Kiln Trail (again)

Wrens warbled their melodious songs from moss-draped branches that hung still and quiet in the windless morning. Sunlight strained to dissipate a thin cloudcover that halfheartedly spat a few raindrops at us here and there. This overcast Sunday morning, I was hiking with my book club friends and revisiting the Lime Kiln trail I had hiked three years ago, in much different conditions!

You can read about my first adventure on the Lime Kiln trail here, but in summary, let's just say it involved a continual deluge, chilly February temperatures, and jackets and boots that unfortunately did not live up to their "waterproof" labels. It was wet, cold, miserable, and exhilarating.

Favorable weather afforded me the opportunity to pay more attention to the scenery around me this second time around, and to ponder the sounds that last time had been drowned out by the hood pulled tightly over my head, and the sights that had gone unseen due to my gaze being preoccupied with navigatin…

Wanderings: Gold Creek Pond

Snowshoeing was a much noisier endeavor than I'd expected. A snow-covered landscape is usually associated with soft silence and muffled noises, the sound of spoken words extinguished as the vapor of your breath dissipates in the chilly air. Instead, as our group tromped along the path toward Gold Creek Pond last Sunday, we were accompanied by the sounds of swishing snow pants, excited voices chattering and laughing, and of course, the loud scrape-crunch of boots and snowshoes themselves, rasping against the icy crust of snow.

By happy coincidence, my birthday fell on the same day as our January book club outing. I had looked forward to this day for awhile, and was eager to finally try my hand (foot?) at snowshoeing. Heavy mountain snow prevented me from attending this same outing last year, and this year I'd been keeping an eye on the weather, warily reviewing the expected snowfall totals as the day approached. However, with the blessing of a favorable forecast, it was amid t…