This winter has been for the snow lover, a dream. Ok, sometimes a nightmare too! We've had at least 6 snow storms over the last month or more, including one ice storm. Because of this all my walks have had to be fairly well planned. The layering had to be thought out in advance. Warm enough at the start, with the ability to peel away like an onion as the body temp required. The snow shoes have been at the ready, although I haven't actually gotten to use 'em. The snows were frequent but not quite as deep as some of last years. Or at least not in the areas I was walking in.
|Helen & Rose|
About a week ago, after the latest snow storm, I got to do a bit over 3 miles, simply roaming the town with my friend Rose, and her sister Helen, visiting from Georgia. The girls have been making the most of the snow storms together, making snowmen and angels!
We may not have gotten a chance to go far, but we made the most of our time in the village and had a fantastic time strolling around, even thru the local cemetery. I always think of the play "Our Town" when we walk thru there. I've gotten to know so many of it's "residents" after living here for 25 years. I always feel a sort of comforting presence when I'm there. Almost like they're happy for a visit and to be remembered. I always make sure to go to the corner where Fr. Max is buried. Near him is Frankie F. who died at 10 years old. Behind him is Jamie, who, despite of her Cystic Fibrosis, made it to 28 years old doing the sports she loved. Helen and Helene are around the corner. All remembered, loved and appreciated. Visiting them always makes me happy to be alive and happy to have gotten to know them.
|Sycamore trees along one of the avenues.|
|The bridge we expected to cross 8 miles in!|
|The makeshift bridge we did cross!|
|Mullica River with Ice Islands|
|Batsto Village, where they made bog iron into cannonballs!|
|Batsto Mansion and our finish ahead!|
So, all of us had our "perfect" Sunday. Vivian, flying down the slopes in Colorado, Ray working on his wine and getting to eat out, Rich and I slogging thru the woods, taking pics and just going where the road leads us.