It was a wonderful day for a hike last Thursday. A wonderful day if you enjoy hiking in the low 30’s, with a perfectly overcast sky, and a chilling breeze blowing in your face. I liked it! I felt cooped up all last week, and it seemed the school work would never end, so getting out for a few hours was a nice escape.
My dad has been telling me about these beaver dams in a pond not far from the family property, and last week was a fine time to go out and survey the neighbors’ dwellings. Like I mentioned, it was a little on the cool side, and there was a bit of a walk to get to where the water was, but it was really a great hike and being outdoors felt good. I wasn’t cold and even several times I found myself getting kind of warm in my multiple layers of clothing.
When we got to the waterside, I kind of expected to see some ice, but I didn’t expect for so much of the pond to be frozen. It was solid enough to really get out onto it. We probably could have even walked our way pretty close to the beaver dam, but didn’t bother to see if it was really possible. Taking pictures standing over shallow water seemed the safer option for me.
I don’t know the distance that we walked total, however, it was about an hour and a half to a two hour trek, with plenty of time to stop and enjoy the surroundings. Standing on the water, my boy was sure he saw a turtle, but once the camera came out, this turtle was nowhere to be seen. He was swimming under the ice, and it was hard to get a good look, plus at one point there was this loud crack that kind of got me distracted from my turtle hunting. I didn’t want to find out how deep the water really was, or how cold.
It’s not everyday that you find yourself walking on frozen ponds here in West Tennessee, and it isn’t everyday you get to see a real live beaver dam. Well, I guess you could see a real live beaver dam everyday if you walked the trails more often than I do. 😉
6 Replies to “Walking in the Woods”
That looks great, walking over frozen ponds is fun 🙂 It hasn’t been cold enough here this winter for lakes to freeze over.
It has been several years since I have seen frozen ponds. I really wasn’t expecting the ice to be as thick as it was, but it was a great surprise.
That looks like a good hike and a fun time.
Thank you, it really was. I should definitely make more time for outings like this.
Wow, that is awesome. Sounds weird but I’ve never seen a frozen pond before, I’d love to step on one because I imagine it would be an interesting feeling but I’d be scared too lol! Gorgeous pics too btw.
Really? I guess you don’t get long periods of cold where you live now. Maybe once you move you will get to see some frozen ponds. 🙂
I lived somewhere before where there was a pond that would freeze every winter. It was fun to try and ice skate on it, but kind of scary when the ice started to send out cracks beneath you.