after snow – rain

After the mid week snow (and there was lots!) last week, we had rain creating icy conditions when the temperature dropped again.  Consequently, on the weekend we walked!  On Sunday we walked about 6 km at Shubie Park.  And there were still many km to go.  That’s because from Shubie Park in Dartmouth you can connect to the Trans Canada Trail.  We always enjoy our time there.  With the thin covering of melted snow the traffic had left tracks in the snow – everything from runners to snow shows, to skis to bikes.

Shubie Park in Dartmouth, NS

There were intermittent snow flurries too!

snowflakes in Shubie Park

Snow storm – blizzard conditions

In anticipation of the snow (20 to 40 cm) to arrive tonight and tomorrow, I am suggesting two locations with fun after storm skiing. And in Nova Scotia, especially around Halifax, that means you have to get out soon, because it could all be gone in a few days with the rain that is sure to follow.    …So…

Early in January we had snow, snow and snow, and two days of wonderful cross country skiing.  We skied at Dollar Lake Provincial Park one day and at Pockwock Watershed the next.  Each of these locations is within an easy two hours or less of Halifax.  Each of these locations offers kilometers of varied trails through woods and along open, unploughed roads.  Trails are not groomed, but Pockwock, is popular enough that by the afternoon there will be tracks to follow.  If you like to break your own trail there are sure to be lots of untouched paths to explore and break trail too!  Dollar Lake Provincial Park is a bit farther from the city than Pockwock and has perhaps fewer trails, but the lake is closer and walking trails can be skied as well.

At the Pockwock Watershed streams and creeks add to the charm!

creek, pockwock watershed

Pockwock Watershed Skiing

A snowy walk home

Thrilled to walk home today and skip the slippery, snowy road.  Of course, I didn’t really skip the streets entirely – after all, I crossed the street at all my corners and the sidewalks were pretty snowy too.  It’s actually a bit like walking in sand – but I feel so much better on the sidewalk and I admit it – even a little bit smug; there’s no frustrating wait in traffic, no gripping the wheel waiting to see if the car slides through the stop sign!

And walking in a snow storm, everything seems a bit muted, as if the snow is muffling the sound.  The city sounds seem farther away and nature seems just a bit closer.  It’s great, I love my walk home!

2013 – more walking/hiking

Hi there.  We’ve been walking/hiking whenever possible in the last several months and I hope you have too.  However, few of these walks have made it into hikesilike.  2013 and a new year – time for a fresh start – so…we’ll see how it goes 🙂

Today we actually didn’t walk, but did get out for a skate at Oathill Lake in Dartmouth.  The ice was really great.  There was a light snow covering and more was falling, but with push shovels everyone there helped to clear small hockey rinks and winding paths for skaters.  As another skater mentioned – lake etiquette suggests you should bring a shovel to help clear a bit of snow as well as enjoy the ice.

Ice skating on an outdoor lake and safety:  It is important to consider the ice thickness and other conditions; are there streams coming into the lake or plants growing in through the ice for example?  HRM does provide an ice thickness report for area lakes, but of course any skating is at your own risk.

It’s great fun and a great way to burn off some of those holiday season sweets!

an urban gem!

loops and more loops at Hemlock Ravine Park

Great big wet snow flakes were coming down by the time we got away to take a walk this afternoon.  We headed out for a short (one hour) early afternoon stroll. Lucky for us we had more time than that.  With all the criss crossing loops we missed a turn shortly after beginning – the plan was to follow the outside perimeter, but somewhere we missed a right turn and ended up exploring lots of loops.  The park is aptly named; there were beautiful hemlock trees, branches bending gracefully as the snow accumulated.

 The snowflakes gathered on branches in delicate piles.

 Hemlock Ravine Park is a small patch (~80 ha) of parkland in the middle of Bedford.  This park is very accessible and very pleasant to walk.  The trails are easy unless you go off trail and scrabble around the ridge along the ravine. The wet snow made these off-trail jaunts a bit slippery. HRM provides a map and there are frequent maps around the park. The Friends of Hemlock Ravine share info and photos too.