In the middle of the photo you can see our car. This was our view from the last little hill coming back from the hike. This is a great area to hike in during winter time as you can spot wildlife and the chances of running into a bear are very slim...Although it could happen!! Don't get mad at me if the Bears don't follow the rules!! hahaha One thing about hiking in the winter is that the bogs and small streams are all frozen so you can easily cross them. There aren't any extreme angles to climb either. Just gentle rolling hills so you would only have to be semi-fit to do this hike!!
Here's Duke coming out of the Spruce Trees. It is quite dark under the cover of the snow covered spruce trees and seemed great to see the sunshine on the other side. Although the echoes of the squirells was a beautiful sound inside the forest.
Right after I took this photo of Duke entering the Spruce forest and put my camera away we came face to face with a Deer right on the trail. The weird thing was Duke had just run off the trail about 50 feet to the Right and the deer was coming down the trail and spotted us and just leasurely walk off the trail and over the hill......I didn't even see it at first....Hadji whispered....."hey there's a deer"! I was concerned about Duke chasing it. But ol' Duke was no where to be seen....hahaha His sniffer must not be top notch because as he came back to us he didn't react to any smell the deer might have left and we continued on our merry way....Just a few minutes after this Duke was leading the way down the path and stopped to listen to something. He Immediately went behind us!! Me and Hadji just laughed and called him the Great Un-Proctector instead of the Proctector!! haha....possibly it was the deer walking though the trees. But surely Duke wanted no part of it!!
Sadly, I didn't get my camera out of my bag fast enough as the deer went into the thicket and over the hill. We were too close to start with...
This is the start of our hike at the end of the road in Anton Larsen Bay...We had started out the hike in hopes of having a enough time to take a winter photo of Larsen Island.....we had cut ourselves short on time due to the sledding and snowboarding we stopped to do. We had a beautiful hike in the snow through the bogs and spruce forests but we never did make it to Larsen Island. We'll have to try again another day. From looking at the map I figured we got within a 1/2 a mile or so of it. The trail was packed from other people snow shoeing in the area which made the walking quite a bit easier than walking in 3 feet of unpacked fresh snow.
We could see the hills covered in Rabbit tracks this morning. But we never spotted a single Rabbit. Either their winter coat of pure white keep them well camoflauged or they were hiding! Enlarge this photo to see the tracks including their feet and the bushy little tail mark!!
I love when the first rays of light change the color of the snow on the mountains from White to various shades of Red, Pink and Orange!