A Winter Wonderland In March At The Greater Hazleton Rails To Trails
We had a mild Winter here in Northeastern Pennsylvania this year. There with little snow and very few bitterly cold days. . However, Winter isn’t over and this past week we had a change in weather. It got colder and on Friday a March storm left us with a few inches of snow. It wasn’t a major storm, but it was enough to create a winter wonderland in our yards and woodlands. I didn’t want to drive far in the snow so I hiked close to my home in Hazle Township in Luzerne County on our local Rails to Trails.
It was cloudy with a light wind when I arrived on the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails Saturday morning. There was a little more snow on the ground than at my home, maybe 3 to 4 inches of powdery snow. The snow covered everything, including these bears in the picnic area near the parking lot.
It was a beautiful scene, a real winter wonderland, but one I would much rather walk in in December than March. I wasn’t the only one on the trail. There were three sets of tracks in the newly fallen snow, two human and one animal.
I began my hike in the winter wonderland and soon discovered who two of the sets of track belonged to. . A young man and his dog were returning from a short hike on the trail. I knew how far they had walked by their tracks.
After about a 1/2 mile I found the woman who made the other set of tracks I hoped she walked out to the reservoir, my destination, but when I asked she said she only walked out to the one mile marker. This meant I would have to break the newly fallen snow when her tracks ended. We had a nice conversation and continued on our walks.
I encountered a few folks on my walk back, a gentleman carrying a pair of cross country skis. I asked why wasn’t using them and he said he had just purchased them and it was his first attempt to use them He didn’t like them. I told him I tried snow shoes once and also found them cumbersome and decided it is just as easy to walk in the snow. He agreed.
They were only five people I encountered on my 5 mile hike. I thought more folks would have been out enjoying the beautiful March snowfall. I don’t like it, and I’d much rather be walking on a warm March day photographing robins and wood ducks and listening to spring peepers, but I will admit it was a nice walk. However, as I type this another snow storm is predicted in our area. I am hoping it misses us or changes to rain. I have had enough walking in a winter wonderland for this year. I want Spring and green grass, flowers and leaves. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with some more photos from my hike in the late winter wonderland. Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails March 11 2023.
“…there’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you’re special, even though you know you’re not.” ―