Fourteen of us began our trip around the Ancient Forest by once again restoring the outhouse as a functional feature by freeing its entrance from the grip of winter.After recent heavy snowfall, the snow was neither too soft nor too hard - it simply wanted to swallow us, as each of our steps sunk down into the snow 12 to 18 inches, and sometimes more. Consequently, it took 3 hours to travel a bit under 2 km. of trail, with people taking turns breaking trail.Although Treebeard Falls was frozen and snow covered, the water under the ice and snow was evidently running. At Treebeard we went off trail, heading due east to see some of the other ancient cedars that have made the area their home for upwards of 1000 years.It doesn't seem to matter when you go to the Ancient Forest - it is beautiful any time of the year, and it was a pleasure to be a part of it for a few hours." Nowell S.
Here are some more photos, to give you a good idea what it's like in the Ancient Forest during Winter.
|Waiting to cross the bridge.|
|Circle of Trees.|
|Hard work breaking trail. Also hard work 'running over' taking photo of this!|
|Group shot in front of Treebeard|