The afternoon of the very same Tuesday I shot that frosty photo of Twin Valley Reservoir (see here), my hubby and I intended to do some snowshoeing at Sandy McNabb, in Sheep River Provincial Park. The snowshoeing part of that was thwarted by temperatures that had risen to nearly plus 10 degrees Celsius and the accompanying heavy slush on the trail, so we hiked instead (and were grateful for waterproof boots!). The trails at Sandy McNabb were previously unfamiliar to us, but we’ll be back in the summer, for sure! During the winter, most of the trails are designated for cross-country skiing, so snowshoers, hikers, equestrians, and fat-bikers have to be aware of which ones are multi-use. We chose Death Valley/Death Valley Loop, and despite the ominous moniker, it was an enjoyable, fairly easy 6 kilometre trek through primarily forested area. We were even fortunate enough to make the distant acquaintance of one of the local residents. So fun!
What a lovely valley. I have no idea why they would call it Death Valley. There are no shrubs or cactuses. Just beautiful. Nice fellow you met on the trail. Did he keep his aroma to himself? hehe
I know – I am really curious about that name! The fact that it’s not a difficult hike (yet sounds like one) is funny, too! Our little buddy moseyed along without spraying, which we were thankful for!
A skunk! They’re adorable but as you say from a distance. So glad you got out to see some of your beautiful country.
It was so much fun to observe him grubbing around for something to munch on…bet he enjoyed the sun on his back that day, as we did….
I’m sure you’re right, Sheryl. It’s always so good for the soul spending time in nature, and an extra treat when the critters arrive on the scene.
Great exercise, I’m sure. Glad you escaped the skunk!
It was a fun trip! And not getting sprayed was a bonus….
Death Valley? That ain’t Death Valley. This is (or at least close):
and this is a skunk:
So enjoyed your links – thanks for sharing!
You are welcome.
It was good you had waterproof boots with you! Beautiful scenery and handsome skunk!
The trail conditions were definitely sloppy, but fun! It was a delight to see the skunk – I haven’t seen too many of them in the wild!
Wat een prachtige natuurwandeling en zelfs een onewone ontmoeting met een stinkdier
That is a beautiful view with the snow. This time of year it doesn’t stay long. Glad the little black and white kitty didn’t either. 🙂
LOL, I love that: “little black and white kitty.” So cute!
Little stinker! Glad he or she didn’t get too close. Beautiful scenery.
They are so cute but definitely a critter to view at a safe distance, lol….
You bet! Cute but smelly.
Ha, a real life skunk! Have you ever smelt one, is it as bad as they say it is? Beautiful scenery, thanks for sharing.
Yes, the stench is definitely atrocious…and very difficult to remove from sprayed areas. You would pretty much have to throw your clothes away if you were sprayed, lol….
Don’t know this area, so will have to make a visit. Death Valley, though? Something must have happened out there…beyond running into skunks (which could be a very unpleasant encounter!)