My walk in the park this week burned a lot more calories than usual due to 10+ inches of snow.  I’d been working either at the pastry shop or around the house (or trying not to get sick), so Saturday morning, I had to get out, phone in fanny pack and camera in camera pack.  This is what met my eyes when I backed out of the garage.

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No one had yet been out at the park when I arrived.  There were tracks from the day before, filled up rather well with new snow.  The section down to the river hadn’t been walked on at all since the snow began.  I won’t say I floundered, but it was hard work and my eyes were watering as well.

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The trees looked beautiful, the water (what could be seen) cold.

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When the snow arrives, the deer can’t hide where they’ve been. Their tracks crossed and re-crossed the trail, although I unfortunately didn’t spot deer themselves.  There were other tracks as well and plenty of birds flying around.

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As I approached the open prairie part of the trail, a woman on cross-country skis, followed by her dog, appeared ahead of me.  By the time I reached the turn, they were long gone, my sinking steps taking much longer than her gliding and the dog’s frolicking.

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My phone (which took all these photos) finally got too cold and shut down, but I still had my Nikon.  Something had been dragged along the trail the day before, but my feet still sank with every step.  On the way back, I tried to walk in my coming-out steps, which made it much easier when I could do it.

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This walk probably took three to four times longer than usual.  Except for the woman and her dog, I saw no one.  It was a marvelous time and I’m happy you could come along while staying warm and toasty.

To take a walk in Portugal with Jo or to find links to other walks around the world, click on this link for this week’s entries.


  1. StillWalks says:

    Beautiful and a bit different to my own winters walk! In a land where snow is now rare, it is good to see walks like this, even if it’s through someone else’s eyes. Thank you.

  2. Sartenada says:

    Beautiful photos. In my country, we have also reindeers! Have a good day!

  3. Leya says:

    A lovely – and healthy walk, Janet. So much snow untouched! In Sweden we call your walking in that much snow “pulsa”. In English, maybe “plod” or “drabble” when I look it up. Drabble I had never heard of. “Pulsa” is only used when walking in much snow. Do you use your snow words in other ways/situations as well?

    • I can’t really think of any snow words right off the top of my head, A-C, although we do use “plod” for any slow, heavy walking. “Plod” sounds like much less fun than my hard walking was, though. 🙂 “Drabble” I don’t even know. I’ll have to look it up myself. I like “pulsa”, though.

    • Just looked up drabble and it said to become wet or muddy. So that wouldn’t apply to this walk. Interesting.

  4. Dan Antion says:

    I can imagine how it felt to have that all to yourself, Janet. Great photos.

    By the time that storm got to CT, it was too warm to support snow. We got over an inch of rain instead. No walk in the park for us.

  5. Hard work but lovely photos!

  6. scr4pl80 says:

    So pretty! Thanks for sharing something I rarely see.

  7. restlessjo says:

    I hate having cabin fever, Janet, but I think a team of huskies would be needed to get me to do this walk. Poor deer, is all I can say 🙂 🙂 And very many thanks for the link. Now, where’s that cocoa?

  8. Allan G. Smorra says:

    It looks like you have been walking around on top of a wedding cake, Janet. Thanks for taking us along with you on your ‘walk in the park’.

  9. Lignum Draco says:

    It sounds like hard work but the winter scenery is beautiful.
    It’s hot and humid here. Just looking at these photos is cooling me down.

  10. Su Leslie says:

    Gorgeous Janet. I hope you are feeling well again.

  11. happyface313 says:

    🙂 It looks like you’re having a little bitty of snow 😉
    Have a very HAPPY week!
    Claudia 🙂

  12. de Wets Wild says:

    A winter wonderland for sure!

  13. It looks magical as well as beautiful. It sure sounds like a workout.

  14. 10 inches? Wow, you really do have plenty of the fluffy stuff to spare! Sounds like one good (but very cold) workout, for sure.

  15. pommepal says:

    I think I would be like a bear and just hibernate till all that snow went away. But it is beautiful in your photos

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