Saturday, February 20, 2010

Quiet Days

On Friday the wife and I headed out to the pasture for some hiking and snooping to see how Potters was handling the long, lonely winter. It looks unlikely that the pasture will be ready for the dirt starved to gorge themselves anytime soon.

Camp is cold and quiet.

Looking to the West, the silence and snow continue as far as one can see.

The pasture shuttle barely made the scramble up slick slopes, but came through as usual.

Looking Southwest at the top of Church Grove.

At the intersection of Upper Church Grove and Church Grove Cutoff.

Under the snow was a solid, thick layer of ice.

The trails in winter are stunning.

We were not alone.

Smallish bobcat tracks crossed the middle section of Church Grove.

The trees have drooped over many sections of trail.

Some limbs have snapped, making hiking . . . and spring trail maintenance interesting.

The quiet solitude of a hike through the snow recharges the spirit.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Summer Flashback - Hornitos

I wanted to post up some pics that were taken from beginning to end along the trail know as Hornitos. CQ and I built most of this trail back at the beginning of spring 2009. It connects several cow trails and some purpose built MTB trails to make a varied and challenging addition to Potters. These pictures were taken before a couple of new re-routes were constructed. It gives one a good idea of a classic Potters trail in the spring. I intend to take video of many of the trails and post up guides later in the year, once the snow has melted.