Sunday, December 20, 2009
Beach Sand & Mountain Snow
My six months of Delaware beach-side and ( legal) dune wandering does not translate well to scrambling Pennsylvania rocky trails. Eight weeks after cottage-Winterizing, back "On The Mountain" and I am still trying to get my "trail legs".
Weekends I've favored flat trails. My one adventure negotiating the rocky trail and summit of Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch left me wondering why I left Delaware!
Fourteen years living at 1,200 feet and I am a flat lander, "sea-level" girl-at-heart still!
Perhaps because I first crawled beach-side as a "sand crab baby", I am hard wired for sand and water mobility and not rocks and boulders!
Delaware Fish & Wildlife Dune Surveys are the highlight of my Summer! I get to legally wander the dunes in search of the endangered Beach Amaranth! Scorching sun or driving wind, I am still happy wandering the sand!
In shoes or barefoot, on warm or cold sand, it is my medium. At Gordon's Pond and Delaware Seashore Park, walking along the low-tide shoals with the water just to my ankles, peering at the tide-pool life I am in my joy.
This weekend's Snow Storm walk, I was almost comfortable again! I pulled on thermal muck boots and walked and walked. Slushing thru the 10-12 inches of snow I was almost on "sand". Finding my balance, sinking-in, and leaving footprints............ snow is not sand..... but similar!
Mountain Snow and Beach Sand Blessings,