It seems that, the more it snows, the more we snowshoe around Tobyhanna Lake. For us, who are used to vagabonding around and never doing the same thing twice in the same place, this is new behavior. However, we find we love the beauty of Tobyhanna Lake in every season, and -- to our surprise and pleasure -- few enough people frequent the Loop Trail at the lake that we rarely meet anyone where we have to worry about Covid masks. In addition, the Loop Trail is a little over 5 miles, which lets us choose our distance depending on our goals.
Today we decided to snowshoe four miles. We didn't circumnavigate the entire lake, because, frankly, the snow was deep enough that we would not have enjoyed the last mile. Still, the new snow, which was still falling as we snowshoed, made it deep enough that we got a great aerobic workout and felt well-used by the end of our trek.
Here is our obligatory trailhead photo. Normally, the lake has a couple dozen ice fishermen on it, but today we spotted only two. The deep -- and deepening -- snow, together with the fact that it is a weekday, probably kept them away.
We had considered spending this afternoon shoveling the 5 or 6 inches of new snow, but we decided that that will be a great exercise for tomorrow. For now, we're content having a tasty beer, working on this blog entry, and catching up on news, both sad and glad. We worry about people, including friends, who are snowbound in Texas. We enjoy the excitement of the Mars Perseverance rover and imagine ourselves preparing to hike over that arid terrain that Perseverance will have to navigate to finish its exploration.
Stay thirsty for adventure, my friends.
We had warming weather, then subfreezing, then 6 more inches of snow. William's snowwoman has become a Snow Zombie: