Looking up the hill in February 2017
No, it's not my big birthday. Yes, I've been over the hill for a few years now. 😄 This post is about going over the hill behind our house which we don't do very often. I've shared lots of photos on here of the view behind our house year around. Our property ends at the cedar rail fence and once in a while we take a walk up the hill either in summer or on snowshoes in winter. A couple weekends ago we walked up on the snowmobile trail that Murray has been making this winter and didn't need snowshoes. I did need my ski poles to help me with balance though and it was a brilliant idea to bring them, I must say.
We followed the snowmobile trail that Murray has been making over the hill down to the river although we didn't go that far as my knee wouldn't allow me that strain. It was a beautiful sunny day as you can see by the blue skies.
We are getting closer to the top now. I stopped often to look around, take pictures and watch for deer.
We saw these three deer off to the far left once we got over the other side. There were deer tracks everywhere and we also saw a group of them grazing on the next farm over.
This photo looks across the river to Mactaquac and the provincial park. It is a long way down to the river by foot and it's also steep so you can see why we didn't walk too far. These fields are starting to grow up with trees now as they haven't been farmed or used for pasture for decades. We should take a walk this far in the summer to see how much the fields are grown over with brush and trees. The view will be blocked by leaves by then.
This is a broader view showing the snow covered St. John River. Do you see that faint tiny bump in the middle of the horizon? That's called Harvey Mountain. And it's not that big really....more like a very large hill. 😀
Here is a pano shot from my cell phone of the pretty clouds, the snowmobile trail and deer tracks.
I turned around and took this shot looking up the hill where we came from. This would be a lovely spot for a house with the gorgeous view and southwesterly exposure.
As we came back up to the top on our way back I took a this photo of the bare grass, which is probably covered with fresh snow again.
We've reached the top of the hill again and are looking east toward our house.
Now, you may notice that these prints aren't deer tracks, although the one at the bottom right looks like one, so I'm thinking some sort of big cat was on the hunt. Hmm. There are bobcat around now and then and lots of coyotes but I'm just not sure what this track would be. Also, the warm sun would have melted it down and made it look bigger than it was.
The 'yellow' door in the centre of the photo is our shed door. Almost home.
Last Saturday we went for a quick run up the hill on the snowmobile.....my first time on one in years. Since I had no helmet Murray drove really slow and we were gone for 10 minutes. It was a hazy/sunny spring-like day.
Murray, and our son and daughter-in-law, went snowmobiling on Monday night for a few hours during the snowstorm. They had a blast and drove all the way to New Maryland, a town south of Fredericton. They had to cross the river two times there and back which always makes me nervous this time of the year.
I took this through the window at 7:00 pm with snow falling so it's a bit blurry.
Our deck yesterday morning after it was snow-free for about a week.
As you see we still have lots of snow. We got about 14 cm. on Monday and another 5 cm. last night. As we finish off the month of March and head into April - the month of showers - we hope we've seen the last of old man winter.
Here's some colour for you after all these white pictures. 😀
Thank you for visiting.
Have a great day and I hope it feels like spring where you live.