a good friend of mine came to visit last week and when we weren’t huddled inside the cabin crafting and knitting next to the woodstove, we were out hiking (or stuffing our faces with grilled cheeses). rain wasn’t in the forecast, but when we left for our afternoon hike we noticed big, dark, clouds looming in the distance. before long rain sputtered down at us and quickly turned to sleet, then snow! we were somewhat protected in the shade of a forested trail and as we looked out into a wetland clearing we could see the snow squall coming down in full force. it seemed that as soon as the snow stopped it started again further along the trail and with every step we took we saw the flakes waiver between icy and fluffy. the sun came through for us after all, though, and we finished our hike with the magical glow of the setting sun in the forest.
winter is surely on it’s way now. as i sit here and type our high temp for the day is only 32. i’ve started an afternoon cup of tea routine and have kindling to collect before the sun sets in a couple hours. the long underwear is on! when will we have our first good snow fall?
* a couple of the photos in this post show a stand of trees marked with blue paint. they are red pines infected with red pine scale in Bear Brook State Park. click the link to learn more. they will be gone after this winter! i feel sad to see so many trees go in a familiar place, but it’s also exciting to see the landscape change right before your eyes. forestry in action!