|Icy Drop were dripping slowly back into Beatty Brook.|
|Beatty Brook is a steep and cold stream here.|
We packed a light lunch and were looking forward to being able to eat it while sitting on the side of Pleasant Ridge. We hit the woods around 9:30 or so and made our way along the left bank of Beatty Brook heading upstream. The first thing I noticed was that there was not as much snow as a previous trip I made and this surprised me. The second thing was how quiet it was. You could hear the water gurgling under the ice and that was all unless you count your breathing.
|The ice ledges along the Brook offered some great views up and down stream.|
|The view from the top of Pleasant Ridge looking southeast.|
We were now faced with a difficult and treacherous descent back to Beatty Brook and the car. The snow was thin in places with ice underneath and one step sent us glissading down the slope only to be slowed up by a steep drift. The small and narrow creek bed was filled with many conglomerate boulders but very little water, even though it showed water on the maps. Suddenly we found the source of the water as we noticed a small ladle hanging in a nearby tree where a spring flowed out from under some roots and rocks.
|The steep ravine we descended provided some challenges.|
Even with my snowshoe breaking it was a great day and to me it symbolized any normal day. The little bumps shouldn't take away from all the progress we make along our journey. I hope your journey is over smooth snow. See you in the woods.
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