Snow Hike | First Time This Year

by Jim and Melanie

It snowed about a foot last weekend. The temperature dropped to -3˚F with 35 mph arctic winds by the next morning. Today, it warmed up to 25˚ with no wind. We strapped on the snowshoes and headed for the trail behind our house. Trails in town wind through the neighborhoods of town and make for great excursions all year long. Join us on this hike.

Strapped on and ready to go.


The deer had already taken this path behind our house.

Heavy snow made many of the smaller shrubs bow down gracefully.

There are actually two giant cottonwoods next to the trail.

Heading back toward our house.

Melanie thought this looked a little like a scarecrow.

That’s a nice set of buck teeth you have Jim.


27 thoughts on “Snow Hike | First Time This Year

  1. OceanDiver

    These are lovely scenes. I miss snow. How wonderful you had a good day to be out to enjoy it. How cool to see the animal tracks too.

    1. Jim in IA Post author

      Thanks. There were a lot of deer tracks. The squirrels have stayed up in the trees with the heavy snow. People walk their dogs and left a variety of tracks from them. Big dogs mostly. Little ones are walked on the sidewalks. Someone had been out on skis.

  2. farmquilter

    Maybe next year the west will get the crazy snows…we sure need them and I miss the snow on the farm. I love putting on my cross country skis or snow shoes right off the back porch and heading out! Beautiful area you live in.

  3. shoreacres

    Now I have serious snow envy. That’s wonderful snow, and great photos. I’ve always thought that, if it has to be cold, a person ought to at least get snow as a bonus. Enjoy it!

  4. Steve Gingold

    You have lots of nice soft fluffy snow and I am envious that so much has remained in the trees and shrubs. With the strong winds gusting through the storms that we have had, there is little left clinging here.
    Those last two are pretty cool. 🙂

  5. Sheryl

    Someone once told me that winter goes much faster when you “embrace it.” Shoeshoeing looks like so much fun. It looks like you are embracing the winter.

    1. Jim in IA Post author

      We do draw some limits. It can be fine to be out in temps of 20 and up. Wind can keep us in. Last year it was the worst in a long time. We were stuck indoors most of the time. This year is better.


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