The natural world around me, both a few steps and a few miles, away.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Short but Sweet
I got myself a set of trekking poles for Christmas. So, since hunting season is over, and the day was halfway decent, I decided to put on my other Christmas present - the Bean boots, and go for a walk back in "my" woods.
I was surprised to see that an old dead tree, that last year was home for a red-bellied woodpecker, had fallen.
But, not so surprised to see that there were deer tracks everywhere.
The view down from the top of the incline, down into the woods was lovely.
Unfortunately, I discovered once I started down that the going was not the best. There was a layer of ice under the snow and, inspite of good boots, and the poles, I was afraid that I would slip and fall again. You can tell by my tracks that I was being very careful.
More shuffle than walk! I got to an even steeper spot on the trail and reconsidered my desire to continue. Hmmm, old bones, vs. a fanny slide down the hill. Nope, I decided to go back home. The trail will be there another day. We're supposed to have a thaw this weekend, and maybe the trail will be easier to navigate. It was actually quite nice to catch a view of my house through the trees.
So near, yet so far. I was very disappointed, and, partly in myself. I'm sure that others would have pressed on, and everything would probably have been fine. I guess I'm just not the bravest of souls. Heck, I know I'm not the bravest of souls. I just wish I had more adventurous bones in my body.