Winter has been very kind to those of us in New England this year. Minimal snow and spurts of stunningly beautiful sunny winter weather. We took advantage of just such a day on Saturday. We headed for the White Mountains, side tracked up the Kanc and headed on foot...well paw....up into the Sandwich Mountain Wilderness. It was a short hike into Sabbaday falls, then we continued up the river gulch for a few more miles after that.
The trail was well packed so the folks left their snowshoes in the van. Nice hike in, trail was kind to little dog legs. The falls were frozen into long ice stalactites,with an open pool of ice cold water below. We met a nice man taking pictures there. The trail beyond the falls, although slippery in spots, was magical, with several half frozen river crossing. Myself, not too crazy about the crossings. I ended up crossing on Dad's shoulder most of the time. The river ice was incredible, melting and dripping into abstract art.
We were making great time, lungs full of cool, fresh,winter air,headed into the sun, Dad and I up ahead. All of a sudden we looked back and Mom was falling backwards...."butt over tea kettle"....just a loud "WOMP" and down goes Mom. Did she really have her head down and NOT see the tree Dad ducked under??? Guess not. Noggin cracker! OUCH! When she regained her senses, and we looked down at the snow where she landed and her hat and hiking pole were still there, we all had a good laugh...yeah me too...big teeth smile....! We have so much fun together. We even stopped and took shadow pictures of us..."TEAM MOXIE"
As we descended back down towards the falls we came across a log where a hiker was sitting on when we passed him going up. There, on the log where he was sitting, was a tiny little Yorky snowman....looked just like me!!!!! Guess he was smitten with me! It was soooooo cute! We make lots of new friends on the trail. And this weather brings folks out of the woodwork. Great hike!
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