The First Snowfall: Another Hike On The Greater Hazleton Rails To Trails
We had our first snowfall here in in the Hazleton area of Northeastern Pennsylvania on Sunday. Well the first measurable snowfall anyway , we had a few dusting earlier in November. I awoke to find a winter wonderland in my back yard in the Green Ridge section of Hazle Township. . It was beautiful but I am not a big fan of the cold white stuff anymore. . My days of sledding, ice skating and skiing are over. And driving and walking in the snow and ice isn’t fun anymore either. As much as I dislike it, I still do walk in it. I never miss my daily and weekend hikes. So I drove the five mile on the snow covered roads to hike on the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails early Sunday morning.
I will admit the woods look beautiful in covered in newly fallen snow. In my younger years I enjoyed my long hikes in the snow and cold. However, I am not that young anymore, and even the two inch snow fall caused me to use muscles I haven’t used in a year. Every step in the snow takes a lot more exertion then on the bare ground. And after five miles of hiking it takes a toll on my back, knees, legs and ankles. And, not so much here on the fresh snowfall, but on the city streets or compacted snow there is always the chance of a slip and fall. So, although I enjoy the beauty of the snow covered woods, I still dislike the cold nasty stuff. Sorry winter loving friends, I love the Summer and warm weather.
The woods were quiet after the new snowfall. There was no wildlife stirring. Not even any birds. I did encounter a couple of deer hunters along the trail. I was glad I was wearing my orange outdoor gear. There were a lot of pine trees along a stream that near the trail. I love the beauty of pines covered in snow. It give the woodlands that holiday feeling.
On the way I finally saw some birds. I saw blue jays, crows, and hairy woodpeckers but wasn’t able to capture any photos of them, I was, however, able to photograph a flock of dark eyed junco, also , appropriately know as “snow birds”.
It was a bit of a struggle walking in the snow, I got a cramp in my left calf. but I still enjoyed to peace and quiet of the trail and even appreciated the beauty of the new snowfall. I just hope it melts soon. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my hike in the new snowfall on the trail. Greater Hazleton Rails to Trail November 28 2021.
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”