Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

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So nice out!

OK, so it's not lush and green, but the weather is absolutely beautiful for a mid-winter afternoon. I guess it's actually right around freezing, but the sunshine made it comfortable in my fleece rather than even my lightweight leather jacket. I even pulled out my old hiking boots for the first time in ages, in case parts of the trail were muddy.

Just walked all the way down the length of the new trail for the first time. They finished it in the fall, so really the only other chance I've had to walk it was with one of the dogs who spent the weekend with me a couple of months ago. There's one portion that's a mildly steep uphill, but it doesn't last very long and isn't really that steep. And, for the most part, the gravel surface is intact, so there are very few muddy areas.

From the back of the gravel lot where the trail lets out next to Snyder Hill Road, I saw one of the horses at the barn across the street had come to the corner of the fenced-in yard and was staring, so I went over to say hi. Before long the other horse came over, and we all had a nice chat for several minutes.

Lots of other folks had the same idea; ran into a couple walking a two-kid stroller, a family with a black lab and a terrier, and a couple of ladies out with their pair of dachshunds... one happy to make new acquaintances, and one not. :-)

Between last night's Sports Night dinner, this morning's breakfast, and the afternoon walk, I definitely feel like I've earned whatever couch-potatodom I apply to the rest of the day!

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