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Winter Hike Photos

Ice covered moss

A mossy rock amidst iciclesI should be taking advantage of this warm spell to chip away at the freezer, but instead I took Lucy and the camera up into the national forest to explore.  There is a trailhead for a National Scenic Trail about 15 minutes from my house and I'd never taken the time to check it out --- shame on me!

The sun was hidden, but I still managed to capture some interesting ice photos.  When I reached the magnificent waterfall at the end of the trail, though, I put the camera away and simply sat on a ledge over the falls, letting the crashing water block out the rest of the world.  On the walk back to the car, a raven circled us repeatedly, croaking out some message I was too dull to decipher but which left me soaring on winter woods endorphins.

Six miles later, I'm back home.  The trailer is warm, the sun is beginning to come out, and two cats are cuddled up beside me.  A perfect Saturday.

winter fungus

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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