A friend from Five Winds, Peter, was available for a day of exploring. With good conditions in the Muldrew area on Sunday, I thought it best to go back today. Temperatures were cold, but were expected to rise dramatically during the day.
It was another day of bright sunshine, with not a cloud to be seen. We were off skiing before 10AM, skiing through the bush on a frozen hardpack. Ponds were fast, but had a granular surface providing good kick and glide. Today’s challenge was to come up with a route to cover as many of the wetlands without duplicating our route.
Ridges were mostly bare, so our skiing was limited to the wetlands, ponds and forested areas. Sun exposed shorelines were opening up, but ample places still existed to get onto the ice when approaching from the north. All other areas were solid with even some powder in shaded areas.
By lunch the winds were picking up, but with the warmer temperatures now, were not a problem. We had a good and relaxing lunch break, deciding to ski another loop further to the east during the afternoon.
The afternoon temperature warmed up significantly, resulting in large puddles forming everywhere, not deep enough however, to cause any issues.
A mystery though ... fresh, or recent ski tracks were visible in most of the ponds and marshes on this side. We were not alone? There was a solo track, but later on we came across what appeared to be 2 sets of tracks, both going in the same direction.
Out to the cars by 5 PM. Another great day of spring skiing. Hopefully the upcoming wet weather won’t end things. It will probably push us northwards however.
Peter noticed a couple of animals running up into the woods far ahead of us at one point (otters maybe) otherwise, no other wildlife sightings while skiing. I did drive past a beaver, sitting on a log in a stream beside the road, chewing on a sapling. He didn’t budge as I drove by.
A link to pictures, a video, and a map of the route: