Six Mile Creek, from Mulholland Wildflower Preserve to Potter’s Falls
This is a great walk, and we used to do it much more often, but the city drastically reduced the space in the parking lot some years ago, and now we can’t do the hike on weekends because there’s not enough room to park for everyone.
This is Potter’s Falls
When we got back to the cars, we realized one of the hikers was missing. Luckily someone had her phone number. It turned out she’d stopped to take a phone call and then couldn’t find the trail. She ended up in Commonland and headed up to Route 79 and walked back along the highway.
Connecticut Hill WMA — road walk and snowmobile trail walk
I advertised this hike as a snowmobile trail hike, but, as you can see, we spent time on the road too. This was not my idea and I was unhappy with our route. But I’m taking responsibility because I failed to pay attention to the pre-hike discussions while we were waiting to start. I was wandering around taking photos, and I didn’t realize a group of regulars planned out a loop hike that was different from my original plan. I got word of this new plan at the last second as we stepped off — but I don’t know the area and I didn’t understand what was involved. I took the new plan at face value.
On Thursday I posted a link to an online album of my 20 favorite hike photos from 2018-2019 — but then I deleted the link on Saturday. I’m posting it again now in case someone was intending to check the shots out, but couldn’t find the previous link.
A couple of people who have a very strong background in art commented that they really like the photos — this made me realize something I hadn’t put into words, that many of the 20 shots are a bit arty. I’m sure some of you prefer plain straightforward documentary photography, so you very well may not like the shots Tiger and I took, which are only minimally documentary in many cases. They tend more to look like this shot from the album:
In any case, if you’re curious, the album is here..
I always look forward to the view when you turn the corner off Route 13 onto Irish Settlement Road and start up the hill to Yellow Barn
It’s nothing super-picturesque or dramatic, but I really like the way it rises gently across the rolling fields up to the strip of dark woods at the top — I get a sense of deep countryside, and adventure ….
….. I especially like this slowly decaying farm on the drive up the hill — it has a melancholy feeling of passing time
The snow was pretty deep and exhausting, so we stuck to the snowmobile trail, which was nicely packed down. This trail’s a bit monotonous in winter if you’re looking for lively scenery, but it’s a good way to get some exercise and schmooze.
The mood of the walk changes abruptly about half way in, when you come to a vast field. The sun was shining brightly by this point, and with the glare and the bounced light, it was like being on the beach
The procedure is to walk to the far end, wander back into the scrubby woods for a little while, then turn around
Official head count: 16H
This is the view driving back down Irish Settlement Road toward Route 13 — I think this is a really interesting panorama, and I love it
Sat Feb 15
Shindagin Hollow SF — snowmobile trail
This is another hike where the last part of the drive to the trail head, south on Central Chapel Road, creates a great rural atmosphere. I really like the scenery all along the way, including this cluster of farm buildings, which I think has a very pleasing architectural massing
It was quite cold at the trail head — five above when we arrived, just 15 when we headed home — but the actual hike didn’t seem cold at all — there was very little wind, and the sun was bouncing brightly off the fresh snow
The snowmobile trail had actually been groomed and it was extremely easy walking. At one point a small group of riders roared by — a couple of us joked about catching a ride back to the cars — even though the trail surface was nice, it was still getting exhausting in the snow.