We celebrated the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008 by snowshoeing in the 'back 40' last night and again this morning. We've had a record snowfall in New Hampshire ....over 44 inches for the month of December, which breaks the old record in Concord, NH, which stood since 1867.
The guys were with us this morning, Eddie and Max, who had a blast running through the fresh powder. This morning's run also gave us the chance to do some badly needed trail maintenance, which has been neglected over the year. We never go into the area after spring because the deer flies are unbearable. And if the deer flies don't get you, the ticks surely will. One fall, after an already hard frost, I expected the ticks to be killed off. I walked the trails with a machete to do some clearing; as I came out of the woods, there were over 50 ticks climbing up my kakhi colored pants. I used the machete to 'scrape' them off.