I couldn’t take being inside any longer so I went for a hike.
It was -4° F.
Wonderful and cold. Very cold. Crazy cold. I wondered what I was doing more than once.
The snow was falling but rather than flakes the snow”flakes” were slivers. I think the proper term is needle and maybe column snowflakes. The incredible thing was that the snowflakes weren’t so much as falling but gently twisting around in the air. It looked like fairy’s pixie dust bomb had gone off. It was awesome. Unfortunately, it wasn’t something I could capture on the camera. Boo hoo hoo. I would have loved to share it with you.
I found some interesting things along the trail.
The first thing I saw are these tracks, what do you think they are?
Yep, I think they are a mole too. Now if we look a little to the left, we see more tracks this time it looks like a bird and a mole.
You can kind of see where the bird disturbed the snow as it came down, where the wings hit and where there is the track line of a mole and a track.
Here is what I think happened, the mole was out for a Sunday stroll. Why? I have no idea, I thought they hibernated but a quick online search later discovered–nope. No hibernating for moles. Apparently, moles cannot store fat and they are active all winter long chasing down earthworms below the freeze level. If there is a blanket of snow insulating the ground they’ll move on up.
Anyways, I think the mole stroll turned into a “HOLY CRAP IT’S GOING TO EAT ME!” moment and the mole tried to get away from the bird but it didn’t work.
Bird 1: Mole 0
(If you hike during extremely cold weather or cold weather for that matter, you need the right gear: good pair of insulated boots, warm socks, insulated coat, layers of warm clothing that dries quickly, hat, insulated gloves, and a scarf. Know the trail you are going to hike and never hike a trail you aren’t familiar with as it is too easy to get lost on snow covered trails that haven’t been hiked. Also, bring food and water. Fuel for your body is important.)