With a lot of rain and warm temperatures in the forecast, we’ve decided this is not the weekend for a hike in the backwater marsh at Long Lake. The animal tracks will be washed out and, even if the ice is still safe, the standing water and slush would make for a soggy experience. We’re considering trying this again on January 20th if the weather makes for good conditions. Stay tuned.
The recent extreme cold hasn’t been much fun but it has created an opportunity to see some areas not normally accessible on foot. The thick ice has us thinking a walk to the backwater marsh area on Long Lake may be possible. We need to see how the weather forecast for this weekend shapes up before we decide if this is feasible.
If this happens, we’ll meet at one of the Long Lake Park entrances to be determined, hike in to the marsh area and choose a path to go through part of the marsh then circle back to the starting point.
We’ll only do this hike if the moderate weather has little impact on the thickness of the ice. That means there will be plenty of snow left too so this is probably best done on snowshoes. High boots and snow pants / gators will require high stepping through snow. Either way it is a bit more strenuous and requires more agility than our usual guided walks.
The reward for going out in the winter and working harder than a typical walk is seeing this part of Long Lake up closer than usual and seeing animal tracks.
If you are interested in joining us for this walk, you’ll need to check back here on our website on Friday, January 12th. We will decide whether and when this walk will take place by Friday morning. If the walk is a go, we’ll put the details here on Friday.