we had just enough snow to go skiing for the first time this week. while i’m pretty darn dedicated to getting to work via either bike or the bus, the reality is i do own a car. ma uses it most of the time, and driving doesn’t make me a happy boy. on days when it does snow and ma doesn’t need the car, it’s just about the only time i drive to work. i load up the skis and go skiing before work, or even after work, but i prefer first thing in the morning.
this morning i was the first one out on the trail, so i had to do the hard part of cutting a trail. i feel sorry for who ever has to come after me, dealing with my crooked tracks. the snow was very wet and had stuck all over the trees, and we would get wind gusts which would knock off the snow sending it flying down to the ground in big chunks. this picture was taken from just about the same place as i took a previous picture in the fall, which you can see here. even though cutting the trail myself is much more work i also really enjoy it. i get to pretend that i’m the only one out on the island, that i have the wood all too myself, and it’s quiet.
i also checked out the pin oak to see how it was doing. doesn’t seem like it’s doing that well as it has toppled over. i almost couldn’t find it at first.
with closer inspection i don’t even think that this is constucted from oak, but of ash wood. skiing was more difficult than expected as many ash trees were down and across the path. a few were small enough to just ski over, but most required you to stop and step over them, really slowing you down. i’ve been having more and more dreams of buying a chainsaw, and situations like this really act as fuel for the fire.