Monday, January 7, 2013

A Snowshoe to the Bluff

Bambi is one of my best hiking partners.
The holiday season is now over and it is back to work.  I apologize for being so long posting but, like everyone, I was extremely busy over my vacation time.  The last evening before going back to work was a great one though.


I responded to a Facebook friend looking to do an evening snowshoe along the Bluff in Sussex Corner.  I had been looking for an excuse to get out of the house and enjoy some wilderness so I responded and before you knew it we had 4 others joining us.



Mila was game the whole way.

Cole put it out on FB and led the way.

It was 8:30pm on a Sunday evening and four varied individuals headed off into the darkness to search their way to a familiar spot to all.  If you spend any time in this part of New Brunswick you likely have been to the Bluff.  If not you have at least gazed up at it from the Dutch Valley Road thinking "I bet there is a nice view from up there."  All those hiking have been around these parts for a good portion of our life and all had been to the Bluff through the summer months during the day time but only  a some of us have ventured there in the middle of the night during the winter.  I love the Bluff at any time of year and any time of day.

Rubin started late but finished strong.
Luke and Kody were a team.
There was a light snow falling as we ducked into the woods along the already beaten, narrow, trail.  Conversation was easy going and relaxed with maybe a slight hesitation as one hated to break the magical and natural silence of the night.  The lights towards the Village were dimmed by the falling snow and grayish skies.  Beyond us the snow muffled any noise and only the odd drone of a distant snow mobile or passing car on the roads far below could be heard.

It was a great night and one that has prompted me to investigate what might be done to create a linear park here to protect this sensitive ecosystem.



The view from the saddle towards the Village is my favorite spot.

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