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Warming up along the trails

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Russ Helwig | March 12, 2014

The weather finally was warming up for our walks last week as four of us hiked around Lake La Grange Tuesday evening. Two of us wore snowshoes as there were a few inches of fresh snow on the trail. After the hike Jake Gerlach said that he wished he had used his snowshoes as they would have made going a bit easier.

It was a very pleasant hike with the new snow and a relatively warm temperature.

On Wednesday nine of us met on another relatively balmy day and we decided to go to the Muir trails where there because there is a large parking lot located at the trail head. We have been hiking a lot at this location lately mainly because these trails are well used making them relatively easy to walk on and parking is convenient. This day there had been an additional three plus inches of snow and several of us wore snowshoes.

It was a bit breezy but trees protected us from the wind on most of the white trail which we hiked. The snow had been blown off trees that were exposed to the wind but in protected areas the snow heaped up on the tree trunks making for great winter beauty. Ellen Davis and I lagged behind to amble at a slower pace to enjoy the scenery and take a few photos.

Near the end of the hike Ellen and I were passed by a couple bikers on fat-tired bikes. They were having a tough time in the soft snow and said that they appreciated that our group had hiked ahead of them as we packed the snow some so that their tires didn't have to sink in as far.

After the walk we gathered at the La Grange General Store for tasty soups and sandwiches.


Happy Trekking,

Russ





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