This trip provides a chance for me to become more familiar with some gear I've been waiting to use:
- Stormy Kromer Rancher Cap (Made in USA)
- Stormy Kromer Deck Shirt (Made in USA)
- Woolrich Exposure Down Shirt Jac
- CRKT Free Range Hunter Knife
Snowshoes have a way of making a 3 mile hike feel like an entire afternoon workout.
Stopping to see the depths of holes carved by a local Woodpecker. The wind today is brisk and I've folded down the fleece lined ear flaps for warmth. Some of these holes are rather recent.
A small spring-fed spring flows across our path. We pause briefly to watch the cool water flow over snow covered rocks and make it's way South.
Ice is just now forming near the source of the spring. The snow clings to the rocks, waiting for ice to take over the width of the stream.
The job of a man is never done. Quickly lifting a few trees out of the path....
Lunch hour. I loosen the straps of my pack and rest it against a birch tree. We spot a downed tree that will make for a bench. We brush the snow from our seats.
Locally-made pepperjack cheese and crackers. Good for what ails you.
Sliding the CRKT Knife back in it's sheath, we tighten the straps of our snowshoes and continue up the trail. For some of us who despise cardio, it's a painful elevation gain.
The view begins to appear through an opening in the treeline.
A small staircase leads to a small observation deck situated on top of the tower. We peel off our snowshoes and make our way up.
Views of Sebago Lake and the flat surroundings to our East.
Snow-covered mountains can be seen West. The eye can see as far as Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. Surprised by the grandness of the view, we take a few moments and silently take it in.
Snowshoes with a view.
Up here the air seems cleaner, the soul seems more alive and the smile is glued on. Another warm and satisfying journey through the woods.