To think I almost put my snowshoes away


It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Sadly, February was mainly dedicated to flu survival and recovery. Happily, I got better in time to visit my children in Virginia, meeting their new chickens, touring Monticello, and celebrating my former brother-in-law’s 50th birthday. (How could that be?)

Now, somehow, I find myself a week away from spring, with visions of paddling trips dancing in my head. There is much to share and catch up on!

View of last week’s snow-laden trees from flat on my back. I’d been tugging on a sapling bent across the path and pinned to the snowy ground. As it popped free, I tumbled backwards, arms flailing, to see the forest from a slightly different angle!

Today is another snow day, our ninth, counting the 3 days we missed with October’s wind storm. That is two more than in any other school year I can remember. With our third nor’easter in 11 days upon us, and a blizzard warning, we may miss tomorrow as well. Last week’s storm brought about 14 inches of wet, heavy snow that plastered itself to the sides of trees and created Dr. Seuss-like mounds on every branch and twig.

In late February, I was tickled by the sign above, spotted in Thomaston during a book delivery jaunt. The weather was warm and the air felt like spring. I truly did almost put my snowshoes away. Now I think the groundhog may have been wiser than I thought!


Out snowshoeing this morning, with just a dusting of new powder, turkey tracks were everywhere. In places, the forest floor was in turmoil where they’d torn up the leaf litter in search of food. Hopefully the turkeys were feasting on ticks, already active here in Maine. I found the first one of the year crawling on my pants last week. Seems like we should either have ticks or blizzards, not both!


Usually, I have the back woods to myself. This morning, though, I was greeted by a new friend. Our neighbors had taken a walk with their kids, leaving behind this snowman, decorated with branches, pine cones, and lichen. By mid-afternoon, he was rapidly becoming just a snowman-shaped blob.


Well, it certainly feels good to be back to writing. Look for more news soon, including updates on Upwards and the author life and perhaps even some paddling plans. Then, in April, our family adventure in France will take us to Paris, Normandy, Brittany, and the Loire Valley.  Until then, stay warm, dry, and safe!

3 thoughts on “To think I almost put my snowshoes away”

  1. Love your blogs glad you did not hurt yourself on thr fall.I am not a paddler but sure enjoying the book.You sure do not need to be a paddler to enjoy this very interresting book.Awsome book so far Iaurie.

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  2. Hi Laurie. Exciting summer ahead for you. Paris and Normandy sound wonderful! One of the friends I bought the book for, my high school pal, was telling other high school friends all about it when we met for lunch a few weeks ago. She is a kayaker, cyclist and backpacker and life outside thrills her, but your solo trip really impressed her! I knew she would love it. I hope the turkeys get all the ticks. Tricia

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    1. Hi Tricia…yes, I’m so thrilled to explore France. We arrive a month from today! Thanks much for telling your friends about the book. Sales are moving “upwards” on Amazon, as well as at my various author events. Hope spring arrives soon in NJ!


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