Rory and I took a long walk this morning.


Yesterday everything thawed when the high was over 50 degrees, only to refreeze as the temperature dropped nearly to the single digits.


The nearly snow-less ground today.
Nearly snow-less ground today
Snow on the ground two days ago.Two days ago.


It’s important to tell you about my walks. I don’t like traveling the same roads again and again. I love circular walks, new walks, walks filled with adventure and new sights. However, the neighborhood in which we live wasn’t made for circuitous rambles. So, I usually find myself trekking through the woods at some point rather than turn around and retrace my steps.


I’ve never heard leaves crackle underfoot quite like this. The thaw yesterday left them damp and they refroze, so each step was like the breaking of a hundred tiny sticks.


Today I decided on a new journey I was hoping would work. Our neighborhood is bordered by a beach and I was fairly certain a new route would take me down to one part of the beach. That should  connect to the beach in my area thus I could probably walk from one part of the neighborhood to the other.


At the end of the road I stepped into the woods.


As I walked down through trees, I came upon this:




With the choice to cross the river or walk back up through the woods and retrace my steps I, of course, decided to find a spot to cross the river.


Unfortunately it only widened itself to either side as far as I could travel. There were brambles that kept me from moving in either direction.


I nearly turned around.


And then Rory took a step.





He didn’t fall in, so I investigated the ice (I have never claimed to make particularly good decisions). Luckily I am here to tell you about it instead of…  I don’t know what.


I crossed safely, and we found the river opened up into a tidal pond.





We tramped through the woods and headed to the beach. On the way I found a bridge over the river beyond the brambles.




At the beach, I saw a sight I’d never seen before. Ice, floating on the Chesapeake Bay.