Another Winter Hike


It was time for another outdoor adventure, so Luke, Patronus and I packed up the car and headed out to meet our friend Mike for a fun winter hike.

The weather was at least 20 degrees colder than it was on my last hike, so Luke and I made sure to layer up and pack hats, gloves, and an extra layer.

After we arrived at the park we decided to let Patronus get a Christmas photo taken by a photographer who was there doing pet portraits.  The photographers wanted to dress him up, and surprisingly, he tolerated wearing a Santa hat like a champ.

Photo by Nick Najduk.

When Patronus was finished with his photo shoot, it was time to hike!

After taking a few moments to get his pack situated, we finally hit the trail.  Since we hadn’t seen Mike in quite a while, we decided to do a bit of a longer hike.  Neither Luke nor I had done this trail before, but we knew that there were fun little things to explore along the way.

The trail twisted its way into the woods.  Eventually we came upon a couple of old cars that were tucked away behind some trees.

I’m not sure of the story behind these cars, but stumbling upon them out in the middle of the woods was pretty cool.

None of us had really eaten yet that day, but we all knew there were still a few more miles to go, so we decided to enjoy a quick trail snack.  Naturally, in true Mike fashion, there were homemade pastries to be had.

Once we were all sufficiently fueled, we decided to continue onward.

There were quite a few twists and turns along the trail, but ultimately, it was pretty easy to follow.

The sun was shining and we kept a pretty steady pace, so once we really got moving the weather actually felt quite nice for a longer day hike.

The winter air might have been brisk, but trail hugs from Patronus definitely also helped.

Patronus seemed pretty happy for the cooler weather, as well as the light dusting of snow on the ground.  He was also happy about the random patches of mud we encountered.  He’s always happy when he finds mud.

Luke, Mike, and I had lots of in-depth conversations as we twisted our way through the trees.  Mike always has interesting things to talk about.

One thing I’ve realized over the past couple of years though, is that when you hike or walk with boys, they always seem to find random things on the ground and pick them up to play with.

As we were nearing the end of the trail, the sun began to dip further and further down.

Once we finally reached the trailhead, we took a quick water break and then headed back to the parking lot, still with daylight to spare.

We stood in the parking lot for a few moments wrapping up our conversation before it was time to get in our cars and go home.

The temperature began to noticeably dip as the sun continued to set.  Thankfully, Luke’s car has heated seats, so the ride home was toasty warm.

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