A Big Footed Walk in the Woods
The mild weather could not dampen the spirits for hiking enthusiasts this afternoon as Friends of the Pugwash Estuary (FOPE) hosted a snowshoe hike at Estuary House.
Members and guests gathered at the group's property on Crowley Road, just outside Pugwash. They divided into two groups, one to hike the short trail, about 3 km, behind the clubhouse, and the other to tackle a part of the new 7 km Peace Trail.
The Peace Trail was cut from the bush this past summer, on land owned by the Nature Conservancy. Bob Nogler supervised the work of two students, while he contributed about 400 hours of personal effort.
A couple from Halifax joined today's outing for their first time on a snowshoe hike. The two, Izzy Morin and Andrew Clark, are hiking enthusiasts who have long wanted to try snowshoes.
The snowshoe outing was somewhat marred by the recent mild weather. Sarah Nogler said they waited so long for snow this winter and when it finally arrived in February, she though today's outing would be the best. The light rain and warmer temperatures that melted much of the snow did not deter the group. While there were many grassy areas in open field, the wooded trails still held enough snow to test the group.
The hikes were planned for about an hour and a half, and the group would reassemble at the Northumberland Curling Club for refreshments and then take part in the Annual General Meeting of FOPE.
The photo, at the entrance to the Peace Trail, includes, L to R: Sarah Witney, Bob Nogler, Andrew Clark, Merlin Brown, and Izzy Morin.