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A Winter’s Hike

February 22, 2012

Snake River Chieftain, aka Peterpotomous

We didn’t think that hiking would be our mode of outdoor enjoyment in the middle of winter in Idaho, but with the low snow pack here and a new puppy to exercise, Tim and I have been marching all over these mountains. Yesterday we left about 3 in the afternoon to see how far up we could get in the last few hours of daylight. Our mission – sighting wildlife. It wasn’t long until we were trekking along in well-established elk paths, their freeways so used, that our boots could touch the earth beneath the snow. It was warm when we left, 40 degree warm, yet the promise of weather was just over the mountain ranges. We followed the trails up through the sage and into the tree stands and naked willows, over iced up creeks. Rub trees, abandoned birds nests, blankets of elk scat, coyote tracks and moose pellets tell of ample wildlife that roams this country when we aren’t looking. The wind picked up and soon we were bracing ourselves against the howl, leaning into our few remaining miles to home. The tiny spec of our home, visible from many vantage points up on the ridges, grew larger as we hoofed it back. The sun played in roving spotlights between the billow of blackening clouds. Our horses greeted us with the delight of the soon to be fed, making it clear by their kicking heels that we were an hour passed their feeding time. We slipped into our toasty house, warmed by the fire and relished another day lived in rural paradise. Oh, by the way, we still have our blue tick coon hound, she’s just too busy with scents to hang out with us humans.

rub trees

Our house is down there somewhere!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2012 5:59 pm

    Wow! What a magnificent place to hike in!

  2. February 22, 2012 6:03 pm

    Great photos and what a cute dog. Stop by and say hi 🙂

  3. helen permalink
    February 23, 2012 3:27 pm

    Wow–that pup surely grew! Not a li’l babe anymore.

  4. Laura permalink
    February 23, 2012 3:47 pm

    I love the drama of the seasons you capture in your photos! I’ve missed your blog and I’m glad you’re back! Congratulations on completing your novel!

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