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with my trip to the mountains of New Hampshire foiled by the storm, i settled for a couple days of snowshoeing and hiking about an hour outside boston. when i arrived, the ground was basically clear. spent a healthy couple of hours hiking while the snow was starting to fall on Friday afternoon, but it was basically an inch or two on top of dirt - nothing to photograph, but nice with no one but my brother in law to share the trail.
a day and a half later, it took me two and a half hours to clear my parents' driveway with a snow blower. i pulled out a measuring tape and leaned it against the snow, slightly drifted. in truth, they got about 2 feet of snow, with drifts as deep as 3 feet:
with snow still flurrying down on saturday, i walked to a local farm and snowshoed around some untracked powder. it was tiring - very fluffy, postholing 12-18 inches. not very hilly, just kind of rolling. i was on my own and didn't see a soul.
i think the last time i saw this much untracked powder was in Jackson Hole, downhill skiing. a lot of this farm (Steele Farm in Boxborough) is open, but it has some trails through the woods. Maybe 6-7 miles if you cycle through all the trails. it was gusty, 25-35. a fair bit of snow blowing around.
today, the snow was a little more packed down when my brother in law and i set out for some different trails through the woods. these are all within minutes of their house - i'm jealous. still barely tracked or untracked today.
much warmer and very little breeze, so i was in base layers and gaiters. still hard work when we were making our own tracks. saw deer and coyote tracks, but no wildlife.
these are my relic snowshoes - purchased in 1984. on their 3d set of bindings, but otherwise in great shape. great float, 9 x 34.
can't say i'm happy we didn't head into the mountains - we missed a spectacular day up there today. couldn't be helped, and i can't exactly complain about having time to bash around in this much snow.